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One of Jesus’ difficult¹ parables is about an ungodly judge. (Luke 18:1-8)

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   In it a widow is seeking protection from her “opponent.” Regularly, she would come before a local judge–who “did not fear God nor respect man”–and ask for help.

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   The widow finally wore the judge down. Here’s what the judge said to himself: “Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, by continually coming she wear me out.” And the Lord [Jesus] said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said; now shall God bring about justice for His elect, who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them? I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily…”  –(Lk.: 18:4b-8a Boldface and italics added)

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Observations:

   (1)  There is some kind of “elect” here.

   (2)  The elect are persistently active in seeking help.

   (3)  The unrighteous judge acknowledges God!

   (4)  The judge takes action on the widow’s behalf.

   (5)  In some sense, the judge acts “speedily.”

   (6)  The metaphorical implication: When in special need, keep coming to God over and over even though He’s aware of your need even before you ask.

   (7)  When there’s special fiddling with a text (“4b,” “8a,” italics, boldface, etc., go to the text itself and check out the “context”).

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