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?
The parable ends with a question. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Jesus often spoke of the power of faith. A mustard seed is about the size of a dot made with a fine point pen yet He said as much faith can move a mountain. Faith is a catalyst. As evident with the widow, the more faith she demonstrated, the less powerful the unjust judge became and eventually yielded to her. As stated earlier, the letter or Law which the unjust judge represents kills, but the spirit gives life. I Timothy 1:9 explains that the law is not made for a righteous man which is why this judge in type is called unjust.
This widow’s faith was unmoved because she represents a Blood-bought Church to whom Christ Jesus has been made righteousness. This faith presses until the mark is reached. It is continual and troubles the hindrance of injustice until it yields. Faith pleases God, and it is His pleasure to answer the petitions of His own. A lack of faith is unbelief exposed and is often guised as fear. One cannot expect the Divine might of God in a situation without faith. Matthew 13:58 tells us that Jesus did not many mighty works in his own country because of their unbelief. Shall the Son of man find faith in you!