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Would not God do justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night ?

Posté par diaconos le 14 novembre 2020

# The Day of Final Judgement or Day of Retribution is, according to the Abrahamic religions, the day on which God’s judgement of their deeds, words and intentions will be manifested to humans. The fate of the damned and the righteous is not the same according to all the texts. According to the Bible and the Koran, the resurrection of the dead is a prerequisite for God’s judgment, which will take place on the same Day for all. In Judaism, the final judgment is referred to in the Book of Daniel: « Then shall come the judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, and he shall be destroyed and utterly destroyed for ever ». In the Torah it is written about the Day of the Lord (from YHWH: יוֹם-יְהוָה, Isaiah 13.6, 13.9, Joel 1.15, 2.1, 2.11, 3.4, 4.14, Amos 5.18, 5.20, Obadiah 1.15, Zephaniah 1.7, 1.14, Malachi 3.23) For example, in Isaiah 13:9: « Yes, the day of the Lord comes implacably, the day of wrath and violent anger, which will make the earth desolate and destroy the wicked. « Some midrashim (allegorical stories) speak of Yom HaDin, describing God sitting on His throne, while the books containing the deeds of all mankind are opened for « revision », and everyone passes before Him for evaluation of their deeds.

# The Parable of the Unjust Judge), is one of the parables of Jesus which appears in the Gospel of Luke (Luke 18:1–8). In it, a judge who lacks compassion is repeatedly approached by a poor widow, seeking justice. Initially rejecting her demands, he eventually honors her request so he will not be worn out by her persistence. One interpretation of this parable is that it demonstrates the importance of persistence in prayer, never giving up. It is found immediately prior to the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican (also on prayer) and is similar to the Parable of the Friend at Night. Other scholars note that the content of the parable makes no reference to prayer and that the introduction of prayer as a theme is generally inspired by the Lucan construction in verses 6–8 and by the fact that Luke placed the parable of the Pharisee and Publican influentially after this one. Whatever approach is taken, it is noteworthy that the judge in the parable does not act on the basis of justice.The framing material of the parable demonstrates the need to always pray like that persistent widow, for if even an unjust judge will eventually listen, God is much quicker to do so.[1] The parable of the Friend at Night has a similar meaning.

From the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke

At that time, Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need for them to always pray without getting discouraged : « There was a judge in a city who did not fear God and did not respect men. In the same town there was a widow who came to him and asked him : « Give me justice against my adversary. » For a long time he refused; then he thought : « Even if I don’t fear God and respect no one, as this widow is beginning to annoy me, I’m going to give her justice so that she won’t keep coming and knocking me down. »

The Lord added : « Listen carefully to what this unjust judge says! And would not God do justice to his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night ? Does he keep them waiting ? I tell you, he will soon do justice to them. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?  » (Lk 18, 1-8)

The parable of the unjust judge- Christian Art

The parable of the iniquitous judge

To encourage his disciples to pray with perseverance, Jesus offered them the example of a poor widow who, by dint of insistence, obtained justice from a judge who, fearing neither God nor man, gave her justice out of selfishness and to be delivered from her importunity. Jesus pointed out to them the motives of this judge, and concluded that God, all the more so, will listen to his chosen ones and quickly do justice to them. But will the Son of Man at his coming find faith ?

This parable is closely related to the prophetic discourse that precedes it. Luke indicated it with the expression that was familiar to him. He also said to them :  « The necessity of prayer, of persevering prayer without discouragement, is the result of the dangers that will surround the Church and each individual soul in the final battle before the coming of Christ » . The position of Christians in the world is such that they are in constant need of prayer; without it, each of them would be like this poor widow, oppressed and unprotected.

Thus, on the one hand, a judge who had no fear of God and no regard for any man, who was therefore without conscience and without heart in his proceedings; on the other hand, a poor widow afflicted in her most intimate affections, and, moreover, oppressed by her opponent, such were the persons present. What the widow demanded, having the right to expect it from a judge, was not vengeance, but deliverance through justice. And Luke said that she prayed again and again for a long time. This was the means of her deliverance.

The selfish motive of the judge was in harmony with his cynicism: he confessed that he had no fear of God or regard for anyone. Listen! Be careful: this judge, unjust in his selfishness, finally, by his insistence, granted the widow what she asked for. And will the just and merciful God do less for his chosen, beloved children, who in the midst of oppression cry out to him day and night? This is the point of comparison that must be grasped in order to understand the parable.

Here, as in other similarities, Jesus taught, not by analogy, but by contrast. The text of the Codex Sinaiticus, A, B, D reads : « Is he patient with them?  » Most modern commentators have made this sentence a question independent of the previous one and give the verb the meaning of acting slowly: is he slow to deal with them ? The present tense is not appropriate in this explanation and the meaning of delay is not sufficiently established. It is more natural to link this proposition closely to the previous one and to make it dependent on the negation of the latter: and is it not long-winded, is it not full of kindness towards them? (J. Weiss)

The idea of a prompt return of Christ for the deliverance of the chosen ones is expressed in various places in the Scriptures in the same terms (Romans 16:20; Revelation 1:1; Revelation 3:11; Revelation 22:20, …). This time of waiting and trial, which seems very long to those who suffer, is nevertheless very short for Jesus for whom a thousand years are like a day and who wants to fulfil the plans of his mercy towards all his chosen ones.

This promise of prompt deliverance applies not only to the Church as a whole, but to each of the chosen ones, for whom the hour of death is also the hour of deliverance. It is in this view that St. Paul called the present affliction of Christians « light », which produces in them eternal glory. « For our light afflictions of the present moment produce for us, beyond all measure, an eternal weight of glory » (2 Cel 4, 17).  God’s promise is certain, infallible ; only his children will all know how to persevere to the end by keeping the faith, the true faith that alone can keep them in communion with Jesus ?

It was with sadness, and as a warning to his disciples, that Jesus asked this question. He has just said how the world will forget God when he comes, and as for his disciples themselves, he predicts elsewhere that in the midst of the tribulations of the last times, the charity of the many will cool down. However, the question does not mean that he will no longer find faith on earth; for in this absolute sense it would contradict the promise of deliverance he made to his chosen ones.

It is remarkable that Jesus, even while speaking of his appearance in glory, called himself the Son of Man (see, on this term  » But Jesus said to him :  « Foxes have holes, birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head »  (Mt 8, 20)

Diacre Michel Houyoux

Links to other Christians websites

◊  Newspring Church : click here for reading the full paper →   What the Bible says about justice ?

◊  Notes to Allan  : click here for reading the full paper → Cry Loud and Long for Justice


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