Jesus tells the story of the unrighteous judge in chapter 18. He neither “feared God nor respected man.” A widow persistently came to him seeking justice for some wrong against her. The judge finally relented because he realized the widow would not leave him alone until he did something.
Jesus was not making the point that God will finally answer our prayers just because He finally gets weary of hearing our constant whining. The point he was making was that prayer is important, and that God does indeed listen to our prayers. Perhaps we will on some occasions “cry out” to Him day and night. But He will give justice to us speedily. Now “speedily” in God’s terms may not be exactly the time frame we have in mind. There are many more to consider than just us, and sometimes we have trials to test us and make us stronger. But justice will come.
Chapter 19 contains Luke’s account of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is a momentous occasion, and it is lauded by the people as it should have been. Most of them, however, were expecting a different sort of savior, and were giving Him praise in expectation of a political upheaval that would not take place. No doubt this knowledge added to His sadness, as He once again weeps for Jerusalem in verses 41-44.
Bible Reading Schedule for this month
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Luke 17, Luke 18, Luke 19, Luke 20, Luke 21
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