Barren Fig Tree

 

Luke 13:6-9
Then Jesus told them this parable: “A man had a fig tree that had been planted in his vineyard. He went to look for fruit on it but didn’t find any. So he said to the gardener, ‘Look here! For three years I have been coming to look for fruit on this tree but haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it waste the soil?’ But the gardener replied, ‘Sir, leave it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and fertilize it. Maybe next year it’ll bear fruit. If not, then cut it down.'”
Earthy Word = Spiritual Word
man = God
gardener = Jesus
fig tree = the Jews
vineyard = world
three years = Time of Jesus’ Ministry
next year = Millenium
fertilize = nourishment (word of God)
Possible Points of Jesus
    1. WHERE GOD HAS EXTENDED PRIVILEGES, HE EXPECTS RETURNS…
      1. The man of the vineyard expected the fig tree to bear fruit
        1. He had given it good soil
        2. For three years it had been provided care
        3. He was giving it an extra year, but only for the purpose of bearing fruit
      2. God blessed Israel, and He was disappointed when it did not bear fruit- cf. Isa 5:1-7
      3. He has blessed us through His Son Jesus, and we are to glorify God by bearing fruit – Jn 15:8
        — Have you utilized the privileges God has given you…?
    1. THE LORD IS LONGSUFFERING, BUT IT DOESN’T LAST FOREVER…
      1. We see the longsuffering of the man of the vineyard
        1. He had given the fig tree three years to produce fruit
        2. He was persuaded to give it another year with special care
        3. But that last year was the final opportunity the tree would
          be given
      2. We see the longsuffering of the Lord in His dealing with nation of Israel
        1. His longsuffering in the wilderness
        2. His longsuffering in the times of the judges
        3. His longsuffering during the reigns of the kings
        4. And yet, He did take the “kingdom of God” away from them and give it to a nation bearing the fruits of it – cf. Mt 21:43
      3. So the Lord has been longsuffering to us…
        1. For He does not want anyone to be lost – 2Pe 3:9
        2. His longsuffering has been for our salvation – 2Pe 3:15
        3. But the longsuffering will one day end, and the “day of the Lord” will come – 2Pe 3:7,10
  1. THOSE WHO ARE UNFRUITFUL WILL BE CUT OFF…
    1. The barren fig tree, if it remained so, was to be cut down
    2. So Jesus warned His disciples that such would happen to them if they did not bear fruit …
      1. “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;” – Jn 15:2a
      2. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” – Jn 15:6
    3. Paul warned the Gentile Christians that they would be cut off if they did not remain faithful (which implies fruitfulness)- Ro 11:19-23
    4. We read of the end of those who were saved, but fell away; despite receiving blessings from God, their end is likened to that of thorns and briars – He 6:1-8
      1. That is, “rejected and near to being cursed”
      2. “…whose end is to be burned.”

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