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20 October 2019

Pentecost 19 Sermon: Give Me Justice!

Preached on Luke 18:1–8
19th Sunday After Pentecost — Proper 24C
20 October AD 2019

Title: Click to hear the MP3 of Give Me Justice!

Luke 18:1-8 Summary: Some people misunderstand this parable, thinking that it means that if we pester God long enough and hard enough, we’ll get whatever we want. If that were the case, He would be dumping an awful lot of counterproductive junk on us because we often fix our desires on things that aren’t good for us.

But Jesus tells this story after speaking about the divisiveness of the Gospel and the possibility of persecution falling on those who follow Him. The widow asks for justice. Jesus would have us also asking for justice, as well as faith and forgiveness. We pray not to enrich ourselves but to be protected from evil, particularly eternal death.

Text: And [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.

He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’

“For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’”

And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily.

“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” Luke 18:1-8

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Give Me Justice!

NB: A few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio with Windows Media Player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 121; Genesis 32:22-30; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

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