Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pray and Never Give Up (A Look at the Parable of the Persistent Widow)

A parable is defined as "a fictitious narrative, invented for the purpose of conveying truth in a less offensive or more engaging form than that of direct assertion." Nathan reproved David. (2 Samuel 12:2-3). (John Kitto)

"Christ used parables as, a comparison of earthly with heavenly things, “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning,” (Easton's Bible Dictionary)

The Parable of the Persistent Widow

Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Thayers ~word faint means to be wearied out or exhausted….

Luke18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:

Luke 18:3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

Luke 18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;

Luke 18:5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

Luke 18:6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

In this parable Jesus compares an unjust judge with God. The judge is said to be fearless, he doesn't fear God or man. He is ruthless, making decisions based on his own will and whims. Depending on his mood or whether he had taken a bribe he did what he wanted to do without fear of being judged by an all knowing unseen God

Judges were known for taking bribes…making decisions or rulings based upon financial gain. The highest bidder gained the judges favor. He was not interested in justice or fairness, equality, but money.

With that in mind we have a widow who brings her case before the judge It is believed she was a young widow as women married young and were widowed young.

The Widows Fight for Her Husband's Inheritance

Some believe her case involved her husband's inheritance or dowry which his family unjustly withheld from her. Her husband died and his family wouldn't give her his inheritance!

What they had belonged to her and she was going to fight for it. The judge appears to blow her off, rejecting her plea for justice but she persistently appeared before him.

Moneyless and motivated by desperation, she went to the king day after day. Asking for justice, asking for the inheritance that belonged to her.

In essence we are like the widow, there are things we need, things being withheld from us, things we want that rightly belong to us. We are the bride of Christ and he died to give us an inheritance.

Jesus said he came that we may have life and have it more abundantly however Satan wants to keep it from us. John 10:10

Unlike the unjust Judge, who did not care if the widow received her inheritance, God cares and will make sure we receive it, but we must be persistent, making sure to ask and keep on asking, to seek and keep on seeking, to knock and keep on knocking.

Keep Praying Until Something Happens

It's simply a part of life persistence and faith. Even after God told Elijah rain was coming 1 Kings 18:1 Elijah prayed for rain not once, not twice, not three times but seven times 1 Kings 18:44, he prayed until he saw the storm clouds and the rain fell.

We must pray until we get results. We must pray until the request or promise has been received.

God wants us to inherit the promises. He wants us to have good things but the first good thing He wants us to have is the salvation of our soul. Jesus said it won't do us any good to have the things of this world and lose our soul (Mark 8:36)

So the first thing we must do is make sure our souls are saved by accepting Jesus sacrifice for our  sins.

Repeat the following prayer if you have not accepted Jesus' sacrifice: Lord I acknowledge that I am a sinner, in need of grace and mercy. I repent of my sins and accept your Son as my Savior that I may be reconciled onto you. Amen

Keep praying because our God is a just God!

May the Lord God, Creator of the Universe Grant Your Requests in the Matchless Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

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