This Is The Word Of The Lord
Sunday October 20th, 2013
Luke the Evangelist, author of one of the four Gospels of Jesus Christ, was a Greco-Syrian who lived in the Greek city of Antioch, Syria. He is believed to have authored the “Gospel according to Luke” and the book of “Acts of the Apostles”.
He was a physician and a companion of Paul on some of his missionary journeys, and unlike the other Apostles, Luke was not of the Hebrew faith.
Luke focused on the human love Christ held for all people, especially sinners and outcasts among the general population such as tax collectors, shepherds and lepers! Luke also holds a more profound place for women in his writings than did Matthew, Mark and John, as today’s Gospel reading proves!
Today’s Gospel Reading
Luke 17:11-19 NIV
The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary.
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town who neither feared God nor respected any human being. And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought, ‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, because this widow keeps bothering me I shall deliver a just decision for her lest she finally come and strike me.'”
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
What Does Luke Mean?
This parable was intended to stress to His followers the importance of persevering in prayer, despite any fears they may have that an answer may not be forthcoming. You see, Christ intended that they understand that in the end, God will always see that justice is meted out, even when the human part of us doubts!
In this parable, the judge is a rather unsavory character. He certainly did not respect God, nor did he respect any man or woman from his community! I am certain we all know people who behave just like this, and more often than not, they make us feel not just uncomfortable being around them, but they also make us question our own mind, in the process! But as most good mothers are quick to teach, to respect those around us is good manners, plain and simple! And to respect God? Well, while not exactly a command, it should be! You see, God doesn’t demand from us our love, but to show respect is simply an acceptable way of living! But as far as God is concerned, to be disrespectful of others is an affront to Him and a sin! (Proverbs 14:31 NIV, “Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”)
Yes, the lesson reinforces that though the situation may be difficult, if we pray unceasingly, unlike the bad judge, God will hear our prayer and good will triumph!
2 Timothy 3:14-17 NIV
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 4:1-2 NIV
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.
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