THE PERSISTENT WIDOW AND THE UNJUST JUDGE (Continued)
Scripture Reading: Luke 18:1-9
1And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
A secret is encrypted in this verse, "Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me." The word used in this verse for weary is found only twice in the New Covenant. Not only does it mean to give one intolerable annoyance as evident on the surface in this text, it also means to beat black and blue or to smite so as to cause bruises particularly to that part of the face that is under the eyes. With only the persistent use of words backed by grace, this kind of damage brought injustice to surrender.
It is very interesting that the other use in Scripture of the word weary is found in First Corinthians 9:27. It reads, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." Persistent prayer helps one to keep under the body and bring it to subjection. This is the same hidden power the widow had. She depended on the Spirit of the Word for strength and not her own. Hallelujah!