THE WIDOW AND THE UNJUST JUDGE/PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF/DON’T LOSE HEART
Study Date: 15 July 18
Scripture: Luke 18: 1-8
Biblical Date: A.D. 30
Biblical Location: Perea
KEY VERSE: “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.” (Luke 18: 7-8)
Discouragement comes when our request seem to go unanswered. However, it is up to us to persist as God has promised to meet our needs.
RESOURCES FOR T HE SEED:
Luke 11: 5-13; Romans 1: 7-15; 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-18; Deuteronomy 10: 17-21; Acts 6: 1-6; Psalm 33: 18-22.
- To discover the relationship between persistence and justice.
- To understand that God desires us to pray frequently.
- To value the need for faithful persistence.
- To recognize that every word from God is vital even today.
- To pray consistently and persistently.
- To become in persistent in our prayer.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Adversary—an opponent, enemy.
Faint—to be exhausted, to be worn out, wearied.
Pray—to call on God, supplicate, to commune with God.
Widow—one lacking a husband due to death after having had one.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
What the most important thing about the 1955-1960s modern civil rights movement?
How did his mother Mrs. Mamie respond to the sheriff’s orders regarding her son Emmit Till?
What is the point of this parable?
How do we know the point and purpose of this parable?
Did Jesus always explain what his parable meant?
What was Jesus’ recommendation to those who wanted to hear the Word of God?
Do we always hear what others mean us to hear?
THE SEED THE WIDOW AND THE UNJUST JUDGE.PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF Luke 18: 1-8
- The Purpose of This Parable (Luke 18: 1)
- Jesus spoke for understanding not for impression of amusement.
- The Common people would understand.
- This parable taught that people “ought to always pray and not faint.”
- We learn how long to pray for anything.
- The Parable Jesus Told (Luke 18: 2-5)
- The Widow and the unjust judge met on a matter that could be settled..
- The judge did not care about anybody or anything.
- The judge could not take any more so he decided to grant her request.
- The Meaning of This Parable (Luke 18: 6-8)
- The widow asked for what was possible and did not stop asking until it was granted.
- Our heavenly Father does care about us.
- Waiting does not mean God does not hear or care.
- Our part is to ask and it is God’s part to answer.
- The only power we have is to pray and believe the answer is coming.
Keep praying and being thankful. Always pray and never give up. God always answers.
PLANTING THE SEED
What is the stated purpose of this parable in Luke 18: 1-8?
What does it mean to “faint”?
Describe the judge in this parable?
In what ways are widows vulnerable in our society?
How did the widow try to get the judge to listen to her?
Describe the method of argument Jesus used in tell about this unjust judge.
How did Jesus describe the actions of God on behalf of His people?
What title did Jesus use for Himself?
Was the Lord doubtful that any believers would be left when He returned?
How is this parable related to the latter part of Luke 17?
NURTURING THE SEED
Why did Jesus stress the importance of continuous prayer?
Why are people who do not fear God permitted to be in prominent positions?
To whom should we go when we are in trouble?
What caused the judge to act on the window’s request?
How does God avenge His people?
What does “speedily” mean in terms of the avenging of God?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
Pray in the beginning and through to the end.
Some people in places of authority have no knowledge of God.
Persistence pays off so always persevere.
Those who do not share our beliefs can teach us valuable lessons.
God will always respond to our cries.
Always have faith in God especially when He does not seem to be doing anything on our behalf.
Pray and never give up.
Keep pressing forward.
God can move anyone.
God hears our prayers and has spoken.