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Fervent prayer, part 6…

There is more to know about Luke 18:1-8, concerning the bothersome widow whom the judge avenges of her enemies because she just might get into a boxing match with him. (If you are lost in this statement, you will need to read the other entries concerning these verses, especially part 5.) I’ll print these verses from the Amplified and add my own observations and comments:

Luk 18:1 ALSO [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up). (Building upon His instructions in chapter 17 about the day of the Son of Man’s revealing, our Lord begins with His purpose for this dissertation – always pray for the Lord’s avenging and NEVER look or turn back, as did Lot’s wife! {17:32})

Luk 18:2 He said, In a certain city there was a judge who neither reverenced and feared God nor respected or considered man. (He compares Himself to a severely different judge than Himself – designed to help us understand the Judge with which the elect has to deal.)

Luk 18:3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, Protect and defend and give me justice against my adversary. (In Psa 68:5 “A father of the fatherless and a judge and protector of the widows is God in His holy habitation” God calls Himself a “protector of the widows.” This widow is on praying ground!)

Luk 18:4 And for a time he would not; but later he said to himself, Though I have neither reverence or fear for God nor respect or consideration for man, (This earthly judge is again compared to the elect’s heavenly one, as one who delays. And what a miserable judge he is – not fearing God, not respecting man. Verse 7 answers v. 4.)

Luk 18:5 Yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will defend and protect and avenge her, lest she give me intolerable annoyance and wear me out by her continual coming or at the last she come and rail on me or assault me or strangle me.

Luk 18:6 Then the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says! (Go back and reread and consider what this unjust judge says because the soon-coming righteous Judge will be the opposite to His chosen-out ones who keep praying as this widow did.)

Luk 18:7 And will not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night? Will He defer them and delay help on their behalf? (Let me put Vine’s definition of “cry” here for you: 1. To utter a loud voice; to speak, call or exclaim with vehemence; in a very general sense. 2. To call importunately; to utter a loud voice, by way of earnest request of prayer.)

Luk 18:8 I tell you, He will defend and protect and avenge them speedily. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth? (Unlike the unjust judge, our Lord is not delaying His avenging. He desires that none should perish but all come to the deeper knowing of the Lord’s purpose from creation to the new creation in Christ Jesus. When He comes, will He find the faith that pleases God as this widow had? No. But, will I or you be the one who prays: “Even so, Lord Jesus, come!”)

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June 29, 2011 - Posted by | Fervent prayer

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