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2 The Parable of the Persistent Widow
Luke 18:1-8

3 Introduction Jesus sometimes used parables to teach important lessons to His disciples An important part of being a disciple is the ability to communicate with God by prayer At least 3 parables are told to teach about prayer “The Friend at Midnight” (Lk 11:5-13) “The Persistent Widow” (Lk 18:1-8) “The Pharisee and the Publican” (Lk 18:9-14)

4 The setting Luke 17:20-37 Jesus explains
That the kingdom will not be physical, but spiritual That the disciples will suffer and wish for Jesus’ return That many false Christ’s will appear That they will have to be on guard so they are not led astray

5 The setting Luke 18:1 Jesus then wanted them to understand the need for PERSISTENCE in our prayers Persistence means not giving up The same thing He taught in “The Friend at Midnight” Jesus knows it is easy to become discouraged Especially considering the upcoming persecution

6 The Parable Luke 18:2 The character of the judge
Did not fear God nor regard man So he is NOT a fair or righteous judge Sometimes called “The Parable of the Unjust Judge”

7 The Parable Luke 18:3 Luke 18:4a The distress of the widow
She has some adversary who has wronged her She is seeking “justice” Luke 18:4a The difficulty she faced The judge doesn’t care about justice Repeated requests get nowhere at first

8 The Parable Luke 18:4b-5 The judge finally relents
Not out of a need for justice Not from a sense of right and wrong Simply because he is tired of hearing the widow

9 The parable applied Jesus explains the basic point of the parable by applying the parable Luke 18:6-8 Hear what the unjust judge says He did not fear God He did not regard man But he was moved to action by the widow’s persistence Shall not God avenge His own elect? If an UNJUST judge will act because of persistence How much more will a JUST God act

10 Contrast the petitioners’ relationship to their judges
The Widow A stranger Only one At a distance An unjust judge On her own Pleads her own case No promise of an answer Limited access Asking provoked the judge Christians His elect – 1 Pet 2:9-10 We are many Boldly enter – He 4:15-16 A righteous Father God is for us – Ro 8:31-32 An advocate – Ro 8:34 We have promises – Lk 18:8 Unlimited access Asking is what God wants – Mt 7:7-11

11 God will avenge His elect
Lk 18:7b He may wait a long time, but He will avenge Rev 6:9-10 He is waiting for more to repent – 2 Pet 3:9 2 Th 1:7-9 But vengeance is coming 1 Th 5:1-3 When it comes, there will be no escape

12 But will there be faith on the earth?
The Lord will come He will avenge His elect But during the wait some will give up Lack of praying for His return indicates a lack of faith in His promise We don’t believe He will return We don’t believe in heaven We prefer this world Jesus told this parable so that We might always pray We would not lose heart

13 Conclusion Are you praying? God hears those prayers
Are you praying persistently? Are you praying for the Lord’s return? God hears those prayers Don’t give up Don’t lose heart He will return as He promised We serve and petition a faithful and righteous God, not an unjust judge


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