The Parable of the Widow & the Unjust Judge found in Luke 18 is one of my favorite parables, because it is the first passage of the Bible that I studied for myself.
At the end my first year of a 3-year program on biblical exegesis, we had a class on Parables. Up to that point we had been studying the biblical languages, historical background and interpretative theory. Parables was our first-hands on interpretative class where we could finally apply everything we had been learning. This parable in Luke 18 was my first assignment.
I still remember the exhilaration I felt when the passage “clicked”. I was thrilled because I discovered that I really could tackle a passage all by my self and come up with the answer.
Of course, I was came up with the wrong answer.
After arguing with my professor with all the enthusiasm of misguided youth, I saw the error in my thinking and amended my interpretation. But my joy in bible study remained.
What’s your understanding of this parable? Try answering the following question based on the parable:
I’m worried about which teacher my child will have in school. Should I:
- establish a schedule to pray about it every day?
- pray whenever I begin to worry about it?
- pray once and try to forget about it?
People have understood this parable such that it implies each of these answers.
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