Parable of Widow & Judge

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Parable of Widow & Judge

  1. 1. PARABLE OF Luke 18:1-8
  2. 2. Luke 18:1-8
  3. 3. What is the STORY of this parable? •Unjust judgeLuke 18:2 “In a certain town there was a judge whoneither feared God nor cared what people thought.”
  4. 4. What is the STORY of this parable? •Unjust judge •Widow pleaded for justiceLuke 18:3 “Grant me justice against my adversary.”
  5. 5. What is the STORY of this parable? •Unjustjudge •Widow pleaded for justice •Judge refusedLuke 18:4 “For some time, he refused”
  6. 6. What is the STORY of this parable? •Unjustjudge •Widow pleaded for justice •Judge refused •Widow kept bothering the judgeLuke 18:3 “widow in that town who kept coming to him”Luke 18:5 “because this widow keeps bothering me”
  7. 7. What is the STORY of this parable? •Unjust judge •Widow pleaded for justice •Judge refused •Widow kept bothering the judge •Finally, the judge relentedLuke 18:4-5 “…Even though I don’t fear God or carewhat people think, yet because this widow keepsbothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that shewon’t eventually come and attack me!”
  8. 8. What is the SETTING of this parable?
  9. 9. What are the LESSONS from this parable? 1. Always Pray, Don’t Give Up 2. Weare NOT like the Widow 3.God is NOT likeLuke 18:1-8 the Judge
  10. 10. LESSON 1: Always Pray, Don’t Give Up1 Then Jesus toldhis disciples aparable to showthem that theyshould alwayspray and not giveup
  11. 11. LESSON 1: Always Pray, Don’t Give UpDon’t give up? Not lose enthusiasm, don’t be discouragedAlways pray? Constantly seeking the Lord
  12. 12. “Mr. Graham started praying when he gotup this morning, he prayed while eatingbreakfast, he prayed on the way over in thecar, and hell probably be praying all theway through the interview.”
  13. 13. LESSON 1: Always Pray, Don’t Give UpDon’t give up? Not lose enthusiasm, don’t be discouragedAlways pray? Constantly seeking the LordAnswers to prayer? Yes, No or Wait!
  14. 14. “The most difficult discipline inthe Christian life, in my opinion,is waiting. But God used that toforce us to lean on Him….totrust Him….to believe in Him….to release our will and acceptHis. Words fail to describe thepain of that transfer of wills.Finally, when we made thetransfer, empty-handed andtotally dependent, Cynthia and Ileaned hard on our God.”
  15. 15. LESSON 1: Always Pray, Don’t Give UpDon’t give up? Not lose enthusiasm, don’t be discouragedAlways pray? Constantly seeking the LordAnswers to prayer? Yes, No or Wait!Why wait? Not ready? Timing?
  16. 16. LESSON 1: Always Pray, Don’t Give UpDon’t give up? Not lose enthusiasm, don’t be discouragedAlways pray? Constantly seeking the LordAnswers to prayer? Yes, No or Wait!Why wait? Not ready? Timing?Never stop praying? We pray until ……
  17. 17. Dr. Ray PritchardWe’ve all wondered how long we should wepray for something.Here is the general rule I follow.You should pray for something until …• the answer comes, or• the circumstances change, or• God changes the burden on your heart
  18. 18. LESSON 2: We are NOT like the Widow Widow UsNo access Constant access to God (Eph 2:18; 3:12)No right to speak God our Advocate & High Priest (1 John 2:1; Heb 10:19-22)Bother & nuisance Call unto Me (Jer 33:3)Court of Law Throne of Grace (Heb 4:14-16)Stranger Child of God (Luke 11:13; John 1:12; 1 John 3:1-2)
  19. 19. LESSON 3: God is NOT like the Judge Judge GodUnjust Righteous and Just (John 17:25) God is goodNo regard for man God loves us (Ps 100:5; Nahum 1:7)
  20. 20. “There is a differencebetween a fleshlystubbornness and agodly perseverance. Theformer insists on gettingone’s will done inheaven, and the latterdetermines to get God’swill done on earth”
  21. 21. LESSONS from this parable 1. Always Pray, Don’t Give Up 2. Weare NOT like the Widow 3.God is NOT likeLuke 18:1-8 the Judge

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