In referencing the unjust judge and persistent widow, we miss out on the point because we focus on our persistence in asking God for blessings and stuff we desire, which more often than not, fade away. The parable of the persistent widow is interestingly a follow up to the question asked by the phari’s in the chapter before — *insert voice over* previously, on questioning Jesus —, “When will the Kingdom of God come?”. We miss out on the point of asking persistently because the widow actually sought justice in a dispute with her enemy… not material things or blessings.
“One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’” Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” — Luke 18:1-8 NLT
“One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs.” — Luke 17:20 NLT
When mirrored, we as God’s chosen people ought to seek justice from God on the enemy for all the injustices that he and his principalities have been perpetuating — via systems, structures, organisations, industries etc — which leave souls poor, heartbroken, blind and bound from the truth of the Word and the year of God’s Favour. The parable ends with an assurance that justice will be granted to them — us — quickly. Then Jesus poses a question “but when the I return, how many will I find on earth who have faith?”
Considering that the Kingdom of God as stated in Romans 14:17 isn’t a matter of eating and drinking — re: what we tend to ask persistently for —, but a matter of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, it sheds light that that’s what the persistent widow was essentially asking for… justice from her enemy and peace. The TPT version describes God’s Kingdom in this way “it is in the realm of the Holy Spirit, filled with righteousness, peace and joy” 🤯🤯🤯… no wonder why Jesus’s first statement in response to the phari’s was that “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say ‘here it is!’ or ‘it’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”
Considering also that the year of the Lord’s Favour means the day of salvation, vengeance, and retribution of our God — Isaiah 61:2 AMP (read vs 1-11 in AMP please, because my mind is literally bursting at these revelations); … guys, doesn’t this further highlight the depth meaning of Jesus asking us to learn a lesson from the unjust judge in answering the persistent widow’s request?
Wow Holy Spirit!!! The slogan “no justice, no peace” just rang differently and I sense the Holy Spirit calling for us to change the narrative to “There’s Justice, There’s Peace! There’s Righteousness and Joy in the Holy Spirit!!!”. Now, imagine if this slogan is sounded around the world by a large gathering of people marching… like say… in a protest. Just imagine how powerfully these words will resonate and beyond this, be established — as words spoken are seeds sown which bear fruit.
I pray we — God’s chosen — continue to ask for justice from God to be rained upon the enemy, that He’d answer quickly and replace injustices that go on daily — in systems, structures, organisations, industries etc —, all over the world with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. I pray we’re counted as those who believe and still have faith when Jesus returns.
Side bar: anyone notice the AMP version explains Luke 17:34-35 isn’t referencing rapture when Christ returns… but says that it’s the nonbeliever who’d be taken away in judgment and the believer who’d be left? I always thought those verses referred to rapture. My days!!! The 3 really are more than essential in understanding the Word and its mysteries, and for life in general. 🤯🤯🤯
Thank you Holy Trinity!
Scriptures: Luke 17:20-37; 18:1-8; Romans 14:17; Isaiah 61