WALKING IN THE SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY OF GOD: THE WIDOW AND THE UNJUST JUDGE.
“And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:7-8 KJV
In capsule 30, I said your opinion of God matters! These two parables, indeed the whole bible particularly the epistles were given to us so we can have a proper understanding of the nature of God (Hebrews 1:1-3). What you think of God will always be evident in the way you pray, relate with Him and your expectations from Him. Where prayer is concerned, Christians take one of four different approaches depending on their mindset (by common observation ).
1. Those who concentrate on chasing demons, out of fear and insecurity
2. Those who beg in prayer, they are driven by uncertainty and timidity.
3. Those who fellowship and ask in prayer, they are driven by love and faith in the complete redemptive work of Christ
4.There is a curious fourth group that is confused and uncertain, hence they do a bit of everything, mixing the old and new wine.
The New Covenant Saints must be driven by the knowledge of love and faith in the complete redemption we have in Christ. We are not beggars and we have been raised with Christ far above principalities and powers, not only in this world but in that to come (Ephesians 1:21-23, Ephesians 2:6-7).
Now to the parable in Luke 18:2-8, I call it THE WIDOW and THE UNJUST JUDGE. Just like the parable in Luke 11:5-13, this is also used traditionally to teach persistence in prayer in reference to the statement, 'Men ought always to pray and not faint'. In this parable again the TRADITIONAL interpretation is that this judge represent God and the widow the person praying. The implication is that you need to wear God down before you can get the desired result. This interpretation is wrong, damaging and does not stand up to any form of intelligent scrutiny.
To start with, the judge does not fear God and has no regard for man, and was happy to affirm this truth about himself. His motivation is based on self preservation, not on any form of compassion. God on the other hand, is our father and He is motivated by love, this is His true nature and He has never changed (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). Secondly, unlike the judge, He never goes weary, in fact He does not sleep or slumber(Isaiah 40:28, Psalms 121:3-4)
This parable is another CONTRAST, Christ showed that if a reprobate judge offered help based on selfishness, we should expect God who is a loving father to respond with speed. To understand this parable you need to pay close attention to verses 6-8 (allow me to walk you through). In verse 6, Christ draws your attention to the confession of the judge in verse 5, clearly stating his motivation. In verse 7, Christ draws the conclusion that if this wicked judge could give this widow justice, don't you expect God to do better for His children unlike the judge that took a long time to respond? He answered His own question in verse 8 (The NLT version makes it clear). So the whole idea of begging is a fallacy which has been taught by men .
“I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8 KJV
In ending the interpretation, Christ pointed out the hindrance, He wondered whether there would be people to believe and act in the simplicity of faith to ASK and expect to RECEIVE; SEEK and expect to FIND; KNOCK and expect it to OPEN, 'shall he find faith on the earth?' (Luke 18:8b)
Are we going to believe that He has given, so that we can receive or doubt and do without? These are the two choices! These 2 parables bring into focus all that we have discussed in 'WALKING IN THE SUPERNATURAL SUPPLY OF GOD'. The explanation, interpretation and application does not require any deep insight, all we need is to take Him at His word.. As I have previously stated our individual experiences might not reflect these truths 100%, (you are not alone), but that is never a good reason to come up with answers that are outside the bible. You need to go back to God with a humble heart and ask why......? and He will reveal. I hope to share some insights into this, but I believe this series has gone on long enough, we need to do a TEMPERATURE AND PULSE CHECK in the next capsule!
WHEN YOU ASK, HE GIVES, YOU RECEIVE!
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