Luke 18:1-8

1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

Observation – What does it say?

  • The parable’s meaning is that they ought to always pray and not lose heart.
  • Who is the “them” he told the parable too? – the disciples (17:22)
  • The judge was only concerned about himself – no respect for God or others
  • Widow was persistent
  • The widow was a pest
  • The widow was asking for justice
  • The judge refused to give justice at first
  • The judge said even though I don’t care about this widow, God or anyone else I will give justice for my own relief.
  • God will give justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night
  • God will give justice speedily
  • What did Christ mean by, “when the Son of Man comes”?
    • Exact phrase used in Matthew 25:31 this is in regards to coming in His glory and with the angels
    • Matthew 10:23 “Son of Man comes” is future to Jesus’ time but the past to us.
    • This is the only time in Luke the phrase “Son of Man comes” is used.
    • This is a question, not a statement.
  • God gives justice
  • Who is the elect? Those who cry out to God day and night? Are those who cry out day and night a subset of the elect? It appears from the sentence structure those who cry out day and night is another way to say, “the elect.”
  • Will God not give justice to the non-elect? – Does not say that. Simply says will give justice to elect who cry out day and night.
  • Will God not give justice to the elect who do not cry out to Him day and night? Again does not say that?

Interpretation – What does it Mean?

  • Luke states why parable is given. It is on the need to pray and not become discouraged
  • This not saying to pray/ask God for the same thing continually. There is a contrast made between God and the unjust judge.
  • Even an unjust judge can dispense justice. How much more so will a just God be counted on to dispense justice
  • Who is the elect? –
    • Elect – Strongs G1588 ἐκλεκτός
      • picked out, chosen
        • chosen by God,
          • to obtain salvation through Christ
            • Christians are called “chosen or elect” of God
          • the Messiah is called “elect”, as appointed by God to the most exalted office conceivable
          • choice, select, i.e. the best of its kind or class, excellence preeminent: applied to certain individual Christians
    • The Greek ἐκλεκτός (eklektos), occurs 23 times in 22 verses in the Greek concordance
    • The same word is translated “elect” and “chosen” in ESV, NASB, NKJV
      • Chosen
        • Mat 22:14, Rom 16:13, Col 3:12, 1Pe 2:4, 1Pe 2:9, Rev 17:14.
      • Elect
        • Mat 24:22, Mat 24:24, Mat 24:31, Mar 13:20,Mar 13:22, Mar 13:27, Luk 18:7, Luk 23:35, Rom 8:33, 1Ti 5:21, 2Ti 2:10, Tts 1:1, 1Pe 1:1, 1Pe 2:6, 2Jo 1:1, 2Jo 1:13
  • Cross Reference Matthew 7:7-11

Application – How does it work?

  • Take your concerns to God. He will take care of them. Worrying about the outcome is not your responsibly. It is God’s. Your job is simply to obey. Things may or may not work out like you think they should. If they do great. If they do not great. If God is Lord of your life, that means that you rejoice in His will being done not your will.  God is in control and He does what is right. Because you do not see the reason does not mean, God is not in control. It does not mean God did not answer. Praise God in all things because He is just, and in complete control. But you can only do that if and only if He is the complete master of your life.

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