Worship Service 16 October 20-16
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
October 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 18:1-8
Faith as Persistence

Todays Scriptures

        Jeremiah 31:27-34;

        Psalm 119:97-104;

        2 Timothy 3:14-4:5;

        Luke 18:1-8

Luke 18:1-8New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

The Story of the Widow Who Would Not Give Up

18 Jesus told his disciples a story. He wanted to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said, “In a certain town there was a judge. He didn’t have any respect for God or care about what people thought. A widow lived in that town. She came to the judge again and again. She kept begging him, ‘Make things right for me. Someone is treating me badly.’

“For some time the judge refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t have any respect for God. I don’t care about what people think. But this widow keeps bothering me. So I will see that things are made right for her. If I don’t, she will someday come and attack me!’ ”

The Lord said, “Listen to what the unfair judge says. God’s chosen people cry out to him day and night. Won’t he make things right for them? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, God will see that things are made right for them. He will make sure it happens quickly. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find people on earth who have faith?”

Pastor's Summary of Luke 18:1-8

Some Pharisees have asked Jesus when the kingdom of God will come; he has answered: it is already "among you" (17:21). Using examples from the Old Testament, he has warned his disciples that its full coming will be sudden and unexpected; many people will miss it, being preoccupied with worldly affairs.

In Jewish society, a "widow" (v. 3) had no legal status; she was powerless. The story tells us twice that the judge is a rogue: he neither respects God nor cares about other people (vv. 2, 4). So why would Jesus tell an absurd story? Because such stories are easily remembered and are likely to be retold.

Jesus uses this incongruous story to teach the disciples a lesson. If even this rogue listens to a petition (eventually), how much more so will God, loving as he is, hear and answer the prayers of the faithful, those whom he has "chosen" (v. 7), by again sending Christ, to judge.  He will grant them justice soon after he comes ("quickly", v. 8); however, they cannot know when he will come.  So do not "lose heart" *(v. 1) and persist "day and night" (v. 7) in prayer, seeking the completion of the coming of the Kingdom. But, Jesus wonders, will any still be faithful then, or will they all be preoccupied by other matters?