Does this Portion of Scripture Contain any Principles by which I Should Live?
1 And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.
6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
I have bolded and highlighted a portion of the passage above.
This is a parable that Jesus taught "to an end" or "to teach a principle", which becomes apparent as you read the passage.
A widow (a very powerless person) complained about being wronged by an adversary to a judge. Jesus told us that this judge was "unjust."
This sounds like he was a judge that could have been easily bribed.
It also sounds like the widow left unheard at least several times, but she continued to come back with the same complaint.
Jesus told us to "hear what the unjust judge" said.
What did this unjust judge say?
- I do not fear God. (a distressing admission for a judge)
- I don't regard men. (it did not matter to him whether or not the person standing before him was "in the right" or not.
- But since this person won't stop bothering me about this matter, I am going to grant her request.
What is the principle that we can extract from this passage?
Persistence Prevails, or something like that!