Don’t Be Discouraged…God is Listening

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Luke 18:1-8

18:1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (ESV)

  • Looking for a Sign
    • The Pharisees were looking for something cosmic
    • Jesus told them that the kingdom was not “observable”
      • It was with them now
  • Jesus redirects the conversation to the disciples
    • They were aware of who Jesus was (to the best of their ability)
    • The final judgment will be accompanied by cosmic events
      • Bringing hope to the saved and fear to the lost
      • It will come, but at a time that they do not expect it – regardless of what others may say
    • The judgment will be preceded by a crucial event – Jesus’ Suffering
      • Suffering before Glory; Rejection before Rule
    • Jesus makes two comparisons to the judgment
      • The flood – Genesis 7
      • Sodom and Gomorrah – Genesis 19
        • People will be focused on the affair of life with no regard for God
    • The kingdom will enter Quickly
      • No time to gather belongings
      • No place to look back
      • Many will be unprepared
      • Honoring God now will help mankind to endure temporal persecution
    • What will the day look like?
      • Two in bed, two grinding – one taken, one left behind
    • “Where will they go?” – the disciples ask
      • Jesus redirects them to the important point – those left behind will not be comforted
  • The Parable – 18:1-8
    • Jesus now illustrates His point of discussion – After suffering, He will Return
    • To endure suffering – Pray
    • The ungodly judge was finally moved to help the widow because of her persistence – We also need to be persistent and never discouraged

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