Luke 18:1-8

Review:  This parable is regarding a corruptible judge who is bothered continually by a widow demanding justice.  After a time, the judge tires of the widows grumblings and grants her justice by avenging her adversary.  The LORD speaks saying He responds to His quickly who copies the widows behavior towards Him.  Finally (v. 8), a comment is made to the absence of faith the Son of Man would find on the earth.

Analysis:  This parable is in a similar vein to what I’ve previously blogged on, that of the persistent friend (Luke 11:5-8).  It is clear that our LORD desires and responds to our requests by way of prayer.  We need to communicate with the LORD through our prayers.

Regarding the last verse (v.8) on the level of faith Jesus would find, a natural reading strongly implies that He found none.  This is a verse that gives me fits; there are others (Matt. 7:21-23, 15:21-28, Mark 9:14-24, John 5, Rom. 13:1-7, Heb. 6:1-12).

Of course, commentaries exist that brush aside what this verse literally says as a linguistic misunderstanding.  Typically, these are compiled by fundamentalists who take the Bible literally, except when it doesn’t fit their theology (Eucharist, cp. Matt. 26:26-29).  Ironic, isn’t it?

For myself, as someone who tries to maintain an objective faith, pretending these above verses don’t exist is not an option.  They are a struggle.  Fortunately, situations like these comprise certainly less than 2% of our Bible.  Further, I accept as fact that the Bible is not a “perfect” book having been compiled by inspired, fallible human beings like ourselves.

Divine inspiration is a fairly common commodity.  It is the stuff that has driven people to preach, to write hymns, to write, to evangelize, to service all forms of missions, and so on for thousands of years.  Nothing happens for no cause.  Effects are driven by causes.  All persons are at God’s beck and call, whether we’re aware of it or not.

One would suspect that some individual faith existed on earth at the time and since the life of Christ, otherwise the Christian movement would not have gone anywhere or lasted for as long as it has.

What am I missing?

 

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