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    Who is the Unjust Judge?

    In Luke 18 we read of a short parable that Jesus told. Who is this guy? This thread could have been a poll, but I did not know what options to put there.

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    Re: Who is the Unjust Judge?

    I think, and I always stand open to correction, that in both cases the widow depicts us (or one might even say Israel) and the contrast between the unjust judge and God (the judge) is intent, or the heart. In other words, God will avenge the widow out of LOVE... whereas, the unjust judge will "avenge her that she not wear me down in the end." It is a DESIRE of God, it is a problem and weight for the man. It shows godly mercy over man's imperfections, a contrast between the two.

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    The point of the parable is that if a bad judge can be convinced to answer the pleas of someone and do the right thing, how much moreso will God hear the pleas and prayers of those he loves and do right by them?

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    Re: Who is the Unjust Judge?

    Quote Originally Posted by ewq1938 View Post
    The point of the parable is that if a bad judge can be convinced to answer the pleas of someone and do the right thing, how much moreso will God hear the pleas and prayers of those he loves and do right by them?
    I am not disagreeing, just pointing out that the judge is only doing the right thing to get the woman off his back, he is tired of hearing her. The story is laid out very much like one of Hillel's 7 interpretational rules. Hillel was likely the head of the Sanhedrin when Jesus taught in the Temple at 12. Hillel didn't create the "Rules of Hillel," he recognized God's use of them through the writers. Anyway... there is one called "Light and Heavy." This takes one item that is important to God but less in weight to something else, to show how far God will go for the "something else." For example, "If God will feed the sparrows of the air, how much more will he feed you?" The sparrow is light, we are the heavy. The unjust judge is light in this case, and God is the heavy.

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    Re: Who is the Unjust Judge?

    Quote Originally Posted by ewq1938 View Post
    The point of the parable is that if a bad judge can be convinced to answer the pleas of someone and do the right thing, how much moreso will God hear the pleas and prayers of those he loves and do right by them?
    But why does he have to be begged? Is it to check out the widow's tenacity? What does it mean that he does not fear God nor regard man? Does this give any clues as to who he is? And what does it have to do with faith? (v8)

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    Re: Who is the Unjust Judge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    But why does he have to be begged? Is it to check out the widow's tenacity? What does it mean that he does not fear God nor regard man? Does this give any clues as to who he is? And what does it have to do with faith? (v8)
    If I may? No, it shows the difference between man and God. God's mercy is unconditional, ours often comes with a price. We are becoming more like Him, but won't be fully like Him until we are perfected. Blessings.

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    Re: Who is the Unjust Judge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry View Post
    But why does he have to be begged?
    Because he is "unjust".

    Is it to check out the widow's tenacity?
    No.


    What does it mean that he does not fear God nor regard man?
    He is prideful and feels above everyone.



    Does this give any clues as to who he is?
    Yes. He is a bad judge somewhere in the world. It doesn't matter who he is literally, it's the point that if a bad judge will do right eventually then God will definitely do right because he is not a bad judge.


    And what does it have to do with faith? (v8)
    Takes faith to believe God cares about us and hears our prayers.

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