Luke 18:1-8 informs us that Jesus taught a parable about a persistent woman and an unjust judge. In this parable, the woman KEPT COMING to the judge and requesting that he protect and defend her against her adversary, literally, d o j u s t i c e. “(4) And for a time he would not; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have neither reverence or fear for God nor respect or consideration for man, (5) yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will defend and protect and avenger her, lest she give me intolerable annoyance and wear me out by her continual coming…” (Amplified Bible).
I love the function of the conjunction “but” used in verse four. It signifies a contrasting relationship between the immediate preceding and following text which it logically joins together. This particular conjunction in verse four signifies a contrast between the happenings of a former time and those of a later time. More than that, it represents the existence of a particular variable which caused the happenings of the former time to be distinguished from those of the later time.
In the former time, the judge would not grant the woman the protection, defense, nor justice she requested. In the later time, the judge granted the woman the protection, defense, and justice she requested. So then what exactly is the particular variable responsible for marking such a contrast? Simply put: the persistence of the woman.
Her continual coming to the unjust judge hassled him to the point where his ability to persist in intentional ignorance of the woman’s plea entirely burst!
Jesus’ transition from the example into His explanation is phenomenal, He exclaims, “Listen to what the unjust judge says!” It is quite like the explanation in the example Jesus shares in Luke 11:11-13 (and Matthew 7:9-11) where He says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, h o w m u c h m o r e will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” (NASB).
In similar manner, if the unjust judge ultimately (in the sense of eventually) renders a just decision, h o w m u c h m o r e will the Just Judge rule in ultimate (in the utmost sense) justice! “[W]ill not [our just] God defend and protect and avenge His elect (His chosen ones), who cry to Him day and night?“(Lk. 18:7, Amplified Bible)
Did you notice that right there? Do you see it? DAY and NIGHT! What!?! You mean to tell me now that in order for God to answer my prayers I have to kneel on my poor knees 24/7 to beg Him!?! A response in the style of the Apostle Paul─ certainly not!
You see, the point is that God is NOT the unjust judge but IS the Just Judge. He is NOT the unjust judge who cringes every time He hears the familiar voices of those who continually come before Him. He is the Just Judge who IS perfectly Just, ruling in complete justice teaching His beloved through this very parable that He desires His Kingdom’s inhabitants, His people to personally and continually come before Him!
Isn’t that absolutely wonderful! God wants you to personally and continually come before Him. His desire for you is that you “should always pray and not give up” (Lk. 18:1, NIV84). And do you know how and why this is possible? “Because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence” (Eph. 3:12, NLT).
Did you notice that right there? Do you see it? Because of persistent FAITH in Christ we can now COME boldly and confidently. And such bold and confident access to the presence of God is not a right we gain to sing the wanna-wanna-blues. So I conclude this post here with the very question Jesus poses as the conclusion to the parable He told: “when the Son of Man comes, will He find [persistence in] faith on the earth?” (Lk. 18:8, Amplified Bible).