Luke uniquely had this parable story about waking up a friend in the middle of the night. Luke indicated that Jesus told his disciples (Καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς) this parable. He asked them, who among them had a friend (Τίς ἐξ ὑμῶν ἕξει φίλον)? Obviously, some of them had friends. If they were to go to their friend (καὶ πορεύσεται πρὸς) at midnight (μεσονυκτίου), and say to him (καὶ εἴπῃ αὐτῷ), good friend (Φίλε), lend me 3 loaves of bread (χρῆσόν μοι τρεῖς ἄρτους), what do you think he would do? Most of us would say leave us alone. After all there were no fast food 24-hour service places to get food. Luke has Jesus take up this question after his presentation on how to pray the Our Father. What if you have a sudden visitor and not enough food? What to do? Wake up your next-door neighbor friend! I do not know if that is a good idea. Let’s see what happens. Would you wake up a neighbor in the middle of the night?
Yahweh, via Haggai, indicated that they were suffering bad times. They had sown much, but only harvested a little. They never had enough food. When they drank, they were never full. When they put clothes on, it did not keep them warm. When they earned wages, it went into a bag with holes in it, so that they did not get to keep their own wages. Things were not going well.