….Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find Faith on the earth? Luke 18:8b
But what kind of Faith? and will Yashua Messiah find the right kind of Faith on the earth when He returns? This question arises out of one of Yashua Messiah’s Parables; recorded in Luke 18:1-8:
Luke 18:1-8 (KJV) And He spake a Parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint (not to give up); 2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3 And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5 Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6 And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find Faith on the earth? (Brackets mine)
Luke 18:1-8 (Concordant Literal Version) 1 Now He told them a parable also, so that they must always be praying and not be despondent, 2 saying, “A certain judge was in a certain city, who did not fear God and did not respect man.” 3 Now there was a widow in that city, and she came to him, saying, ‘Avenge me from my plaintiff.'” 4 And for a time he would not. Yet, after this, he said in himself, ‘Even if I am not fearing God nor respecting man, 5 surely, because of the weariness this widow is affording me, I shall be avenging her, lest she, coming, may belabor me into a consummation.'” 6 Now the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge is saying.” 7 Yet should not God by all means be doing the avenging of His chosen ones, who are imploring Him day and night? And He is patient with them.” 8 I am saying to you that He will be doing the avenging of them swiftly. Moreover, consequently, at the coming of the Son of Mankind, will He be finding The Faith on the earth?
Luke 18:1-8 (The Amplified Bible) Now Jesus was telling The Disciples a Parable to make the point that at all times they ought to pray and not give up and lose heart, 2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and had no respect for man. 3 There was a [desperate] widow in that city and she kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice and legal protection from my adversary.’ 4 For a time he would not; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow continues to bother me, I will give her justice and legal protection; otherwise by continually coming she [will be an intolerable annoyance and she] will wear me out.’” 6 Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says! 7 And will not [our just] God defend and avenge His elect [His chosen ones] who cry out to Him day and night? Will He delay [in providing justice] on their behalf? 8 I tell you that He will defend and avenge them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find [this kind of persistent] Faith on the earth?”
Now I have included three versions of the same passage, as the second and third versions highlight points that I wish to raise.
Moreover, here we have, what appears to be, a somewhat troubling verse of Holy Scripture, but troubling for whom? Well certainly not for those who are truly born of God (born again), for they will be exercising their Faith everyday of their lives, so that when Yashua Messiah returns to this earth HE WILL definitely find Faith on the earth.
However, this is not the issue I wish to raise, for my good lady wife reminded me of some advice she received from a fellow believer many years ago. This advice went like this: “If you pray to The Father and ask Him for something or for Him to do something, then ask only ONCE and THANK HIM for hearing you, and KNOWING IN FAITH that He will answer you, whether positively, or negatively, and/or not straight away.” This is powerful Faith in action.
Now the widow in this Parable had no faith in the judge, and for good reason, she knew she would have to keep on badgering him until he did his job. Did she know how The System worked? I think so, but we’re not told. However, one thing is for sure, we know that the judge was a bent and corrupt judge, because he tells us so:
Notice, from the KJV: “Though I fear not God, nor regard man.” Then from the CLV: “Even if I am not fearing God nor respecting man”, and once more from The Amplified: “Even though I do not fear God nor respect man”. Furthermore, not only this, but we are also told by Yashua Messiah Himself (KJV): “There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man”. (CLV): “A certain judge was in a certain city, who did not fear God and did not respect man.” Finally, The Amplified: “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and had no respect for man”.
We therefore have, in this very short story, a crucial point raised for our attention – TWICE! and when Yashua Messiah tells us something TWICE! we need to sit up and take notice, that is, IF we know what’s good for us.
Here are two more examples of this duality teaching that Yashua Messiah employed:
1) John 6:44 (MCV) NO MAN can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw (drag) him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
2) John 6:65 (MCV) And He said, Therefore said I unto you, That no MAN can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
1) John 8:32 (KJV) And ye shall know The Truth, and The Truth shall make you free.
2) John 8:36 (KJV) If The Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
So, in like fashion, He let’s us know TWICE! that this judge had no fear of God in his heart, nor any respect or regard for man. Now why would Yashua Messiah draw our attention to that? and what makes this issue so significant that He should highlight it TWICE! in this very short Parable? That’s easy to answer, because it’s all tied in with His miracle of walking on The Sea, and His non-respect of PERSONS (See links 1, 2 and 3 below for ALL the background knowledge to this subject)
OK, so if you have now read the other articles you’ll be up to speed and will know that if the WOMAN had been a PERSON, the judge would have immediately taken her seriously, but as she was there as a flesh and blood WOMAN – a widow, and not a PERSON, the judge did not consider her as even existing, so treated her with utter contempt. Therefore, she was a non-entity to be ignored, or treated with no respect or regard at all, for she was completely invisible to this criminal corrupt judge.
However, because she was so determined to get justice she became like a dog with a bone and sank her metaphorical teeth into his butt and would not let go until he did the honourable thing and gave her justice.
If we then add in the fact that this judge was a blasphemous, Godless, secular, criminal wretch, it all begins to make sense, for his god was Satan, and only Satan’s servants, that is, his fellows, would be seen and heard favourably in his court. Their treatment would have been the exact opposite of what the widow received. In today’s language they would most likely be fellow Freemasons.
OK, so having cleared up that crucial element to this Parable, we then move on to the subject of Faith and what instruction Yashua Messiah gave us within these few verses. Namely, should we bother The Father with repetitive prayers like the widow bothered the criminal judge with her repetitive demands and requests? No way, is the answer to that. As already stated regarding the advice my wife received from a fellow believer – ONE request is enough. Our Father is not deaf, nor is He forgetful or cold, heartless and indifferent toward us, like the criminal judge was toward the widow, so do not treat Him as if He were. If we make our one-off requests, fully trusting, that, will then be us displaying the real Faith His Son Yashua Messiah wants to find when He returns.
As for praying, yes by all means, and keep on praying, but make sure your prayers are not boring and repetitive. You can also pray in tongues, if you have that gift, and don’t know what to pray about – that also displays Faith.
In Yashua Messiah’s name
1. For There is No Respect of Persons With God – Romans 2:11 – But What is a Person? – Parts 1 & 2:
2. Why Did Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ) Walk on The Sea – Part 1 of 2:
3. Why Did Yashua Messiah (The Lord Jesus Christ) Walk on The Sea – Part 2 of 2: