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Unjust Judge - Luke 18:3-5
Lesson # Unjust Judge - Luke 18:3-5
Study Material - Unjust Judge - Luke 18:3-5
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Unjust Judge Luke 18:3-5 3 And [de] there was [en] a widow [chera] in [en] that [ekeinos] city [polis] ; and [kai] she came [erchomai] unto [pros] him [autos] , saying [lego] , Avenge [ekdikeo] me [me] of [apo] mine [mou] adversary [antidikos] . 4 And [kai] he would [thelo] not [ou] for [epi] a while [chronos] : but [de] afterward [tauta] [meta] he said [epo] within [en] himself [heautou] , Though [ei kai] I fear [phobeo] not [ou] God [theos] , nor [kai] [ou] regard [entrepo] man [anthropos] ; 5 Yet [ge] because [dia] this [taute] widow [chera] troubleth [parecho] [kopos] me [moi] , I will avenge [ekdikeo] her [autos] , lest [hina me] by [eis] her continual [telos] coming [erchomai] she weary [hupopiazo] me [me] . KJV-Interlinear 3 'And there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.' 4 'And for a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, lest by continually coming she wear me out.'' NASB
There is but one source who cares about and has the power and resources to help everyone under creation, and that is God. There is no other source or power who cares squat about anyone alive in this universe.
There is only one source who can help in a significant way, anyone who suffers in this universe. Suffering here means being shackled to the ball and chain of sin and death. No one other than God, through Jesus Christ, has any power to handle this ultimate problem.
There is no one other than God, who can bring order out of the chaos of ones life.
There are but two environments in which any of us live - inside of the fellowship sphere (inside His fortress, standing before the presence of God, inside His palace, inside His Temple, standing before the throne of God, and other synonymous terms) which God designed as our preferred environment.
And then there is life outside of the fellowship sphere. We call that outside life - being in the jungle. This is life outside the protection of Gods fortress, outside of the presence of God, outside of His Temple, etc.
In any environment, the facts of life are known. The judge represents the prestigious position of deciding a controversy between two or more parties. The widow represents the helpless state of people in this world. Apart from Gods help, then people are left to their own devices and to the mercy of the world. A world which is not merciful.
We can live our life and then we die, and to whom will we turn, if not to God, to help us in eternity? Likewise, even while alive in this world, we are open to misery and complete annihilation, were it not for the grace of God.
There are two sets of rules which guide life in this world. First there is the law of the jungle. Here there is little mercy if any. The door is open to prejudice, favoritism, privilege, atrocities and so forth. Only the few in society will be allowed inside the very closed special clubs for the elite or the privileged.
To offset the evil of the jungle, God put into place His divine establishment rules. These rules run parallel to the rules of the jungle and are intended to offset the unfair practices of the jungle. These establishment rules include - volition, marriage, family, nationalism, freedom, liberty, justice through due process, and so forth. Were it not for these principles of establishment, then humanity would rise up, enslave, and destroy itself.
We see extreme examples of this in our current day in the Congo, Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq prior to the war, and other similar places. Terrorists are perfect examples of those who desire a total jungle environment rule, so they can kill, rape, injure, and destroy at their leisure. Liberal politicians are good examples of those who would sacrifice the good of the population so that they can have their ego trip of power, and gain an entry on their social resume.
The widow is one of the masses who has no real power, yet being persistent, she eventually will find one of two results. She will either be taken out back and have her head cut off, or she will receive some form of satisfaction from the powers that be.
This judge cares nothing for God. Therefore his principles of conduct are in question. He will see right or wrong as whatever is convenient to him. He cares nothing for mankind. Therefore his moral conduct is in question. He will accept bribes from any party and decide in their favor. If you cannot pay, then go away.
And that is the attitude toward the woman who had a valid complaint against someone who had caused some type of injury against her, yet neither party had or would pay the fees necessary in order to gain a favorable decision. The jungle cares for neither party.
But even in the jungle, there is a co-existence with life which functions under the laws of divine establishment (the better morals of society). So even a corrupt judge (politician, leader, etc.) will have to listen to the pleas of a distressed widow lest the public get wind of his lack of ethics. A bad reputation would not sit well for his continued career. Even an indifferent judge (an indifferent world environment) will come up with some form of relief from time to time, when relief is sought after persistently and just to get rid of the annoying person or the potential trouble maker. That is, one who might cause public trouble for the judge. Evil leaders cannot stand up under public scrutiny.
In an unfriendly world, persistence is necessary in order to get ahead when you rely on yourself and neglect God. Most people will try to better their position, and when met with resistance they will just roll over and quit trying. The widow represents the few of humanity who won't give up and try, and try, and try, again, and again, until they either get their way, or life simply pounces on them.
You'll have to agree that if this is all the better that life gets, then it isn't worth it. Everyone can run the race, but only one can win in the jungle. Everyone else loses. Not fair.
23 Your rulers are rebels, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe, And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them. NASB
But even within the jungle setting where the rule of the day is 'me first' there can be found some form of relief, though rare. Even so, isn't there anything better in life? And of course there is, and that will be covered tomorrow.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
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