Luke 18:9…

Luke 18:9…

 

“Men always ought to pray and not lose heart.”

 

Such an important teaching by Jesus as He anticipates all that will happen once He has been crucified, raised from the dead, and ascended into heaven.

 

He encourages those men He is leaving behind to pray always because they are without a physical, present Savior they can see with the eye and hear with the ear. Those men, (including all of us,) would be departing the physical realm of guidance, and moving into the spiritual one. (This explains the importance of understanding WHERE the kingdom of God is.)

 

(The kingdom of God is not a place, it is a heart attitude present in a man who desires to be ruled by God. This establishes God’s Lordship, and it is only accomplished by yielded-ness in man.)

 

This explains the importance of praying always – in light of the evil present in this world – and because the mystery of God remains for the mortal man seeking to understand The Immortal God.

 

But there can be a danger in the accumulation of Spiritual wisdom gathered and experienced through constant prayer, and Jesus warns us of this as well:

 

It is Spiritual pride. Jesus employs the Pharisees as an example of this.

 

The Pharisees began as a needful institution. When the Israelites returned from exile, the Pharisees eventually emerged as a body of leadership within the Jewish faith intent on keeping God’s Word and departing from any vestiges of idolatry which had led them into exile. God hates idolatry, and He loves those who keep His Word. It is needful in any society to have those present whose role is to protect God’s truths and present them to the people as guidance for their lives.

 

By the time of Jesus, the Pharisees had been performing this role in Jewish society for over 150 years. They were looked up to as being the seat of all knowledge. The problem is they became prideful as they were looked up to. Instead of being humbled by the acclaim, they looked down upon the people they ruled over. Jesus lets us know this attitude of Spiritual pride is detestable to God. No man is above the Law of God. ALL men are broken by its precepts.

 

-Pastor Bill