Day 09 Devotional & Discussion – March 14, 2014

Deuteronomy 27:19Isaiah 1:17, Luke 18:1-8

In the parable that Jesus told, a widow goes before a judge in a civil case, seeking a judgment against her opponent.  What makes this judge “unjust”?  Why do you think it took so long to get a judgment?  What do the Law and the Prophets indicate is the responsibility of this judge?  How is God different from the judge in this case?

What do you think Jesus meant when he asked, “when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”  What does the context of this question suggest is the content of “faith”?  Do you find faith on the earth? 

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  1. I think the main point of the parable is what Luke explains in verse 1 “Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” That alone is convicting and, I think, has great application to this Compact. How much do I pray for the end of injustice in our land, in our world? We should pray and not give up.

    Jesus describes the heart of the judge, which could relate to the question of what makes the judge unjust: he neither feared God nor cared about men. I think it is humorous that Jesus actually put those words in his mouth in verse 4. I can imagine the people in the crowd snickering at that. Wouldn’t it be wild if this parable was based on a true story, and they all knew who Jesus was referring to? Wouldn’t surprise me. Additionally, having the judge be bold about his unjust attitude shows how arrogant and callous he was.

    I remember when I worked at the local juvenile detention center for three years after graduating from college, I got callous too. I starting caricaturing the residents in ways that were not fair. It was easy to be prideful and deem them and their culture as fatally flawed. I wonder if this is a problem for many judges, seeing crime and lawsuits every day. I wonder how they can nurture a loving, merciful heart while faced with seemingly impossible circumstances so often? I wonder if anyone is working with judges in this regard? It would seem there ought to be significant checks and balances to help judges from getting a heart of stone.

    My NIV text notes say that in Isaiah 1:17 “encouraged the oppressed” could also be translated “rebuke the oppressor”. Both are good. And that is what the widow did. By her persistence, she was practicing a form of rebuke. Over and over and over and over. I like how she did it too, with a calm and patient heart. Seems she was able to maintain a heart of flesh, when she too easily could have developed a heart of stone. This is also instructive as we bring our prayers for justice before the Lord. We can grow very weary of prayers that seem to go unanswered. We can get jaded. I know I can. That is the faith the Son of Man is looking for, a patient, persistent, but warm and loving faith that does not give up.

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