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Luke 18:1-8 (Pt. 3)  Thought/Prayer:  That Judge Did a Good Thing.  Topics:  2 at end.

Parable of the Persistent Widow
He also spoke a parable to them that they must always pray, and not give up, saying, ‘There was a judge in a certain city who didn’t fear God, and didn’t respect man. A widow was in that city, and she often came to him, saying, “Defend me from my adversary!” He wouldn’t for a while, but afterward he said to himself, “Though I neither fear God, nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will defend her, or else she will wear me out by her continual coming.” The Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unrighteous judge says. Won’t God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night, and yet he exercises patience with them? I tell you that he will avenge them quickly. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’”  (WEB)  (Read this scripture and more at http://prayerpivot.com)
The unrighteous judge in this parable does a good thing:  He ends up supporting a widow who kept pestering him to help her go against her adversary (an unknown one to us).  We are told that this man is not only unrighteous . . . He also had no fear of God and no respect for his fellow men.  Amazing that he is used of God to help this poor widow.  (We know that she is probably poor because most widows were at the mercy of others economically in Bible times.  And, she could not afford a defense attorney.)

So we have this judge who refuses over and over to assist this woman.  Now the Lord says something interesting:  “Won’t God avenge his chosen ones, who are crying out to him day and night . . . ?”  Jesus is saying that God will come to the woman’s aid, just as we His children call out to Him over and over.  God will avenge this woman – make right the wrongs against her.  And along with that He shows patience to those of us who continually ask Him for
something.

Yes, this ungodly judge is shown to make a good decision regarding this woman.  His is an example of God’s patient caring for us.  Could we say that the judge was impatient with the woman, yet he in the end exercised patience in his help for her?  The difference between the judge and God may be that God is never impatient; He just helps us.  Because.

Lord, thank You for this encouraging parable of persistence in prayer (asking from God).  Help us to not grow weary when praying for LIFE issues, birth through natural death.

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Posted by Gail Richardson on 12/29 at 05:06 PM
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