“Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)
It is our persistent faith, the ability to persevere under adverse and contradictory feelings and circumstances that necessitates our being filled and refilled each day with the OIL of the Holy Spirit, because we are such leaky vessels.
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
“So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).”
You can’t have faith without the truth of God’s Word holding final authority in your life.
Faith is based on the truth and authority of the Scriptures.
The end of your faith is when you begin doubting the Word of God, and it stops carrying authority in your life.
The end of your faith is when you no longer live by the Word of God.
Multitudes of professing Christians in the church system today have departed from the real faith. Many no longer even believe the Scriptures are inspired of God.
In Luke 18:8, Jesus gives us the Parable of the Persistent Widow.
Apparently, there were some issues in her life that this woman wanted addressed, where she had been wronged and she wanted justice to be executed by this unrighteous judge.
I maintain that it is her persistence and not quitting and not giving up, in the face of all kinds of opposition (including petitioning before an unjust earthly judge, who could care less about her or her problems, that is the point here; and the way she maintains her faith, in the face of all types of obstacles, is by her keeping her relationship with the Source of her faith, who is Jesus living and vibrant, by keeping the fire of her faith burning, by being filled and refilled with the oil of the Holy Spirit everyday.
And so she is determined, offering her supplication (her legal petition) in the courtroom of Heaven until she gets her breakthrough.
Jesus ends this parable by saying that He will avenge all that is wrong in this world and that everyone will be held accountable for what they’ve done in their lifetime, including everything they’ve said (Rom. 14:10-12; Matt. 12:36).
Jesus is asking the rhetorical question, “Will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night?
Will he delay long over them” (Luke 18:7)?
The obvious answer is, of course, He will, and there will be no long delay when He returns.
The Bible is emphatic on this point, ”I tell you, Jesus will give justice to them speedily,” but this promise is to them who persevere and don’t give up!
And so the question is posed, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Mon, December 6, 2021
TRIM YOUR LAMPS!
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’
And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’
But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
— Matthew 25:1-13
As we conclude the final day of Chanukah, I want to focus on this parable.
This parable in Matthew 25 is a warning to the entire body — be ready with your oil!
Each of these virgins was anticipating the Lord’s return; none were atheists, or non-believers.
They were all virgins who claimed to be awaiting the Bridegroom’s arrival. But notice carefully that only half of them were truly ready.
In the ancient Temple era the Aaronic priests were in charge of lighting the lamp of God and keeping it burning.
Their main responsibilities included trimming the wicks, refilling the lamp constantly with fresh oil, and making sure it never burned out.
A clear parallel can be drawn between the Aaronic priesthood and the New Covenant priesthood of Melchizedek and Yeshua (Jesus). Both are responsible to keep the lamps burning!
Are you feeling burned out this Chanukah season? Then trim your wick by getting rid of the useless things in your life and diving deeper into His Word.
Are you feeling spiritually drained? Then wait on the Lord and ask Him for a fresh anointing.
Bearing the light of God is the responsibility of all true believers; you are the bearer of that light; so be reignited today and keep your lamps burning bright for Him. Let’s be wise virgins, anxiously awaiting His return!
Your family in the Lord with much agape love,
George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
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