Luke 11 & Faith


5 Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 6 a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ 7 And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ 8 I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity (ἀναίδειαν) he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.

9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

(1) ἀναίδειαν is used in verse 8. Its primary meaning is that of a bold audacity.  Some interpret it as perseverance. While that may be a secondary or tertiary meaning, its primary meaning is that of shameless audacity.  The context also lends credence to interpreting it as shameless audacity. 

ἀναίδεια,n  \{an-ah’-ee-die-ah’} : shamelessness, impudence

(2) Notes from Darrell Bock

(3) Nicomachean Ethics: Courage is the mean between cowardice and rashness.

An associated vice is over-analysis:  See On The Matter of Courage by Jake Rose

~ What is faith the mean of ?

Finally – the man received bread on account of boldness. How do boldness and faith relate?

CB2 later…