I Will Complain Luke 18:1-8 GNV

I Will Complain
Luke 18:1-8 GNV
1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to
teach them that they should always pray
and never become discouraged.
2 “In a certain town there was a judge who
neither feared God nor respected people.
3 And there was a widow in that same town
who kept coming to him and pleading
for her rights, saying, ‘Help me against my
opponent!’
4 For a long time the judge refused to act, but
at last he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t
fear God or respect people,
5 yet because of all the trouble this widow is
giving me, I will see to it that she gets her
rights. If I don’t, she will keep on coming and
finally wear me out!’ ”
6 And the Lord continued, “Listen to what that
corrupt judge said.
7 Now, will God not judge in favor of his own
people who cry to him day and night for
help? Will he be slow to help them?
8 I tell you, he will judge in their favor and do it
quickly. But will the Son of Man find faith on
earth when he comes?”
Numbers 11:1-4 GNV – 1 The people began to
complain to the Lord about their troubles. When the
Lord heard them, he became angry and sent fire on
the people. It burned among them and destroyed
one end of the camp. 2 The people cried out to
Moses for help; he prayed to the Lord, and the fire
died down. 3 So the place was named Taberah,
because there the fire of the Lord burned among
them. 4 There were foreigners traveling with the
Israelites. They had a strong craving for meat, and
even the Israelites themselves began to complain: “If
only we could have some meat!
Philippians 2:14 GNV – Do everything without
complaining or arguing
1 Peter 4:9 GNV – Open your homes to each other
without complaining.
The complaining the Bible condemns is dwelling
on the perceived faults of a person or situation
without helping to improve the person or
situation.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand.
It never did and it never will. Find out just what
any people will quietly submit to and you have
found out the exact measure of injustice and
wrong which will be imposed upon them, and
these will continue till they are resisted with either
words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants
are prescribed by the endurance of those whom
they oppress.”
? Frederick Douglass
Luke 20:45-47 GNV – 45 As all the people listened to
him, Jesus said to his disciples, 46 “Be on your guard
against the teachers of the Law, who like to walk
around in their long robes and love to be greeted
with respect in the marketplace; who choose the
reserved seats in the synagogues and the best places
at feasts; 47 who take advantage of widows and rob
them of their homes, and then make a show of saying
long prayers! Their punishment will be all the worse!”
Justice is making wrongs right.
Kinds of Justice in the Bible
1. Distributive Justice
Proverbs 31:8-9 GNV – 8 “Speak up for
people who cannot speak for themselves.
Protect the rights of all who are helpless. 9
Speak for them and be a righteous judge.
Protect the rights of the poor and needy.”
2. Restorative Justice
Strikes against her:
1. A Woman
2. A Widow
3. Weak
“We know through painful experience that
freedom is never voluntarily given by the
oppressor; it must be demanded by the
oppressed.”
? Martin Luther King Jr.
Letter from the Birmingham Jail
Reconciliation can never precede restoration.
Restoration is the proof of salvation.
Luke 19:8-9 GNV – 8 Zacchaeus stood up and
said to the Lord, “Listen, sir! I will give half my
belongings to the poor, and if I have cheated
anyone, I will pay back four times as much.” 9
Jesus said to him, “Salvation has come to this
house today, for this man, also, is a descendant
of Abraham.
Jim Crow
Urban renewal
Slavery
Terrorism
Incarceration
Community disinvestment
Economic exclusion/exploitation
Reparations is HR40
Reparations have been given to:
1. Native America
2. Slave holders
3. Homestead Act of 1862
4. The Confederate States in rebellion
5. Germany
6. Japan
7. Holocaust Victims
8. Interned Japanese

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