Righteous or Not Here I Judge
Verses 4-5 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
Yesterday we learned about the righteous request the widow made of the judge. Today we will look at the judge and his character.
Our introduction of the judge is less than best. He was self-focused and didn’t fear God. So even though he had the job of delivering justice he wasn’t concerned about actually doing it. We know this because if he was concerned with delivering justice, the widow wouldn’t have needed to become repetitive.
This judge didn’t care what people thought of him or his decisions. He did what he wanted and didn’t care what it meant for anyone else. But this widow wasn’t giving up and she became the bane of his existence. That person that was more annoying to him than a buzzing fly. She kept coming back again and again. You can imagine him seeing her coming and trying to hide. This went on for some time before he couldn’t handle it any longer.
His breaking his guard had nothing to do with wanting to provide justice and everything about wanting to be rid of this woman even going as far as saying he feared she would attack him. It is unlikely that he was truly fearful of her but just annoyed to that point. He doesn’t care about the truth, just wants to be free from the pest in his life. He is willing to give up his reputation to ease his stress.
You don’t have to be a judge to make judgments on others. We all do it daily, don’t we? Whether we admit it or not we do make judgments. And what do we judge based on? Often it is personal biases and annoyances. The thing we need to remember about making judgments is that they need to be just. Do we make judgments based on what we see or what we know? The judge in our story wasn’t interested in truth, sadly we aren’t always interested in finding out the truth either. But justice comes from truth. Before we make another judgement we need to ask ourselves if it is just. It could just be us not caring about others or their needs. We need to look past the physical and take note of the spiritual and emotional needs of those around us.
Making It Personal
Have you ever been upset by an unfair judgment against you? What kind of judgments do you make? Have you ever made an unjust judgment?
Making It Personal Kids
What do you think it means to judge someone? Have you ever made fun of someone because of how they look? Does Jesus like it when we say things about people because of how they look?
Father, please forgive us for the times we have failed to judge justly. Give us wisdom to see the truth about people and to love them as You would have us love them. In Jesus’ name, amen.