Faith In Action ‘Contrast In Scripture’

We often look in the Scripture and find what we think is comparisons ‘act of comparing’, but they are contrast ‘to compare by showing differences’.

Our Lord and Our Friend told the story of the widow and the judge in order to motivate people to pray. Comparison the woman represent all us, the judge represent God.

In a Contrasts, Jesus near the end of the story, tell us more about what the story is really about: Luke 18 verse 7 and 8:

“Will not God grant justice to His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay to help them?” “I tell you that He will swiftly grant them justice.”

This is a help us recognize the fact that the story is not a comparison, it is cleverly constructed Contrast.

Jesus is not saying that we are not like the widow, in fact we are totally unlike, maybe even opposite of the widow. She was forgotten, abandoned, cut off and had no access to this judge.   

We on the other hand, are in God’s family, if we are in a relationship with Our Lord and Our Friend, Christ Jesus. We are sons and daughters of God. We have been adopted into His family through Christ Jesus.

We have a favored position before God.

In the same way God is nothing like the Judge. He is not unapproachable uncaring and heartless. God is not moved to act because He is sick and tired of our whinging. The exact opposite God loves His people and is deeply caring about them.

We matter to Him: 1 Peter 5 Verse 7: “If it matters to you, it matters to Him”.

It is always good to read the Bible many time, because it is a like a multifaceted diamond, there is always some new understanding to be found, if we are hungry enough to search.

God Bless

OFJ

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