Let's Talk About Acting with Persistence

by Rose Taylor

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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ACTING WITH PERSISTENCE

Luke 18:2-8

In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him, asking, “Give me justice in this case against my adversary.” For a while he refused but finally said to himself, I don’t fear God or respect people, but I will give this widow justice because she keeps bothering me. Otherwise, there will be no end to her coming here and embarrassing me. The Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. Won’t God provide justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he be slow to help them? I tell you, he will give them justice quickly. But when the Human One comes, will he find faithfulness on earth?” —Luke 18:2-8

 

Commentary:

Jesus told a parable about a widow seeking justice from a judge who admitted he was an enemy of God and humanity. However, the unjust judge gave the widow justice because of her persistence in seeking it. Jesus wanted those who heard the parable to take note of the response of the unjust judge. If persistence motivated an evil man to do what was right, they could have faith that God would quickly deliver justice to those who persistently cry out for it.

 

Questions to discuss:

What have you prayed for persistently? Why?

What issues matter enough for you to persistently act?

Do you believe there is ever a point at which you give up in seeking justice?

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