1And He also spoke a parable to them to teach it is always
right to pray, and not to faint,
2saying, A certain judge was in a
certain city, not fearing God, nor respecting man.
3And a widow was in that city. And she came to Him, saying,
Avenge me of my adversary.
4And he would not do so for a time. But afterward he said
within himself, Though I do not fear God nor regard man,
5yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her,
that she not wear me down in the end.
6And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge says.
7And shall not God avenge His own elect who cry day and
night to Him, though He has been long-suffering over them?
8I say to you that He will avenge them speedily. Yet when
the Son of Man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?
- The theme that starts this parable off is that: that men ought always to pray, and not
to faint, this is the focus of the rest of the parable. We see by these two scriptures
that we should, Pray without ceasing, 1st Thessalonians 5:17,
and that we should not loose heart, And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due
season we shall reap, if we faint not, Galatians 4:16.
- People commonly read this parable and think that they need to beg and hound God,
just as the widow woman hounded the unjust judge, this is not the case. As we have seen
in other parables, we cannot compare the just with the unjust, but we can contrast their
actions. We do not need to beg or plead with God. God knows of our needs and He hears us,
however we do need to persevere and be persistent to receive the kingdom of God and the
promises that are rightfully ours.
- To end the parable Jesus said; "And shall not God avenge His own elect who cry day and
night to Him, though He has been long-suffering over them? I say to you that He will avenge
them speedily. Yet when the Son of Man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?
We see in these two verses that:
- God being longsuffering over them tells you that He is suffering with His people until
they are able to achieve His will for them and the blessings and promises that He has for
them. However, the question is then raised, when the Son of Man comes, shall He find
faith on the earth? We see from this that operating in faith combined with persistence