Luke uniquely had this parable story about waking up a friend at midnight. The answer of this friend, who was just woken up in the middle of the night, was what you might expect. He responded from within his house (κἀκεῖνος ἔσωθεν ἀποκριθεὶς εἴπῃ). He told his friend not to bother or trouble him (Μή μοι κόπους πάρεχε). His door has already been locked (ἤδη ἡ θύρα κέκλεισται). His children (καὶ τὰ παιδία μου), as well as himself (μετ’ ἐμοῦ), were already in bed (εἰς τὴν κοίτην εἰσίν). He was not able to get up (οὐ δύναμαι ἀναστὰς) and give him anything (δοῦναί σοι). What did he expect? Just go away! This neighbor friend was quite direct, nothing doing. Just go home and leave him alone. He had settled down for the night. Maybe they could talk tomorrow. Has anybody ever woken you up at midnight?
Luke uniquely had this parable story about waking up a friend in the middle of the night. Luke indicated that Jesus said that this man went to his neighbor friend and said that his other friend (ἐπειδὴ φίλος μου) had just arrived (παρεγένετο) from a long journey (ἐξ ὁδοῦ) at his house (πρός με), but he said that he had nothing to set before him (καὶ οὐκ ἔχω ὃ παραθήσω αὐτῷ). Tough luck! This certainly was a strange request at midnight. At least this guy had 2 friends, at least for now. One friend just showed up at his house in the middle of the night and the other friend was his close neighbor. One of these 2 friends is not going to be happy. Perhaps, there should have been some planning along the line here. He has nothing to serve his long-lost friend, and assumes that this neighbor friend has something to give him to eat. Do you always have extra food on hand?
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?
This response of Jesus can be found in Mark, chapter 4:39-40, and Luke, chapter 8:24-25, somewhat similar. After waking up, Jesus then turned to his followers and asked them (καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς) why they were afraid (Τί δειλοί ἐστε). Was it because they had little faith (ὀλιγόπιστοι)? The unfaithful “ὀλιγόπιστοι” was a favorite word of Matthew. Then Jesus got up (τότε ἐγερθεὶς). He then rebuked or admonished (ἐπετίμησεν) the winds (τοῖς ἀνέμοις) and the sea itself (καὶ τῇ θαλάσσῃ), so that there was a great calm in the air on the sea (καὶ ἐγένετο γαλήνη μεγάλη). Jesus called out his disciples for their lack of faith or trust, while showing his great power.