Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
The scene has not changed from the last passage (Luke 17:20-37), Jesus has just said “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.” Then He tells this parable to clarify things.
It is not a difficult parable to understand: God hears our prayers, and comes to the aid of His persistent children in this life. Jesus assures the disciples that there will be justice; this is easy to see. The “kicker” is at the very end:
when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?
Do you remember their question (17:37), “Where Lord?” Remember His answer (17:37)?
There is a considerable controversy over when and where He will return, as I mentioned last time. There are books, videos, presentations, even blogs that are filled with speculation, but none of this builds faith; it is a distraction. How many come to Christ because they are afraid He will return next week and they need to get their house in order? How many non-Christians read those end of the world books? How many Christians draw closer to God while arguing about the Second Coming and End Times?
The disciples had much more important things to worry about, and so do we. We and they have been tasked with taking His love to a dark world that so desperately needs it, and we cannot do this while arguing about the end of the world, particularly when Jesus’ entire guidance on the subject is that it will be a surprise and we must be ready whenever it happens.
Don’t worry; God will do His part we need to worry about doing our parts.
Oh my, there’s another parable coming up in the next passage…