In the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree Jesus said, "Behold these three years I come seeking fruit on the fig-tree and find none. Question #1: Did these people suffer because they were worse sinners than other Galileans? A fourth sign that such a professor is quite past grace, is, when he fortifies his hard heart against the tenor of God's word (Job 9:4, &c.) This is called hardening themselves against God, and turning of the Spirit against them. And now, instead of seeking to spend the rest of his time to God, he doubleth his diligence after this world. and "It is not feasible to try to allegorize the details of Especially significant is the link between the failure to produce good fruit and divine judgment. Such as that in the provocation, of whom God sware, that they should not enter into his rest. as Israel's Messiah. Ay, but these fig-trees and vines are church-members, inhabiters of Jerusalem. permission only), He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his If 'For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father,' but enmity to God; how then, where these things bind up the heart, can there be fruit brought forth to God? No; but the number of Christians has so vastly increased with a civilizing influence, as to change the face of society. 5. If it serve not for fruit it will serve for fuel, and so 'the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burnt.'. For these there remains nothing but a fearful looking for of judgment! Barren fig-tree, hearken; the continual non-bearing of fruit is a dreadful sign that thou art to come to a dreadful end, as the winding up of this parable concludeth. three-to-one year ratio may highlight the farmer's patience with the tree in Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard... (Luke 13:6,7a). There is the grape, and the wild grape; the vine, and the wild vine; the rose, and canker rose; flowers and wild flowers; the apple, and the wild apple which we call the crab. gospel in an appendix. Thus he served Ahab, a man that sold himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord. Thus he cut down Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, when he struck them down dead in the midst of the congregation (Acts 5:5,10). Tush, saith he, here is no threatening: God is merciful, he will defer his anger, he waits to be gracious, I am not yet afraid (Isa 30:18). Flemming H. Revell, 1953), p. 354. May such be detected before they go hence to the fire. year. And now he renews his promises: Lord, try me this one time more; take off thy hand and see; they go far that never turn. parable I will include discussion here on both times. How then can good fruit grow from such a root, the root of all evil? Barren fig-tree, hast thou heard all these things? The message was to repent and be baptized for the Kingdom of Heaven For if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and sinners appear? we interpret the period of time mentioned of the era of Jesus' public If we are to take the parable in its grammatical-historical and 'After that thou shalt cut it down.' Student Christian Movement Press, 1937), Godet, THE BARREN FIG-TREE, OR THE DOOM AND DOWNFALL OF THE FRUITLESS PROFESSOR. finally His Lament over Jerusalem: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them 'Every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire' (Matt 3:10). environment, and now, at the end of His ministry the air was thick with Richard McCauley, 1868), Burns, The tree had been fruitless long before He began to preach, and it was owner of the fig tree is God the Father who orders the tree to be cut down. God, and Christ, and pity, have left him. 'THEN the anger of the Lord, and his jealousy, shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven' (Deut 29:18-20). The Psalmist saith, 'He shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath' (Psa 58:9). 6 And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and did not find any. 3. He requireth that which he seemeth to have. The 'Then, after that, thou shalt cut it down.'. What have I here? Woe be to them when I depart from them. extra year of special cultivation. They also bring forth untimely fruit that stay till the season is over. Exegetical Handbook to the Gospels of Mark and Luke (New York: How many times did Moses by prayer turn away God's judgments from even Pharaoh himself! And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets' (1 Sam 28:4-6). said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on absence from the Kingdom (vs. 19-30); Jesus' rebuke of Herod (vs. 31-33); and No inquiry is made as to how it came there, but the order is given, 'Cut it down.' Sermon passage is on Luke 13:6-9 (NLT): Parable of the Barren Fig Tree. the LORD. Besides, the giving up of the fig-tree is before the execution. Nay, saith God, you have been a provocation to me these three years. So again, he saith, 'As I have sworn in my wrath, If they shall enter into my rest; although the works were finished from the foundation of the world' (Heb 4:4,5). "cumbering" or exhausting the nutrients of the ground. The most barren trees that ever grew in the wood of this world, when planted in this vineyard by the God of heaven, what fruit to Godward have they brought forth! Barren fig-tree, dost thou hear? This is where and when and what happened to "cut it -- the nation Third. Now he hath his fruitless fruits beleaguer him round his bed, together with all the bands and legions of his other wickedness. Lessons from Nature: Fig Tree Lessons From Nature Kingston Free Presbyterian. Why, then, live such a life as may declare this sorrow. Barren fig-tree, 'show me thy faith by thy works.' Wherefore he adds, 'Then the anger of the Lord, and his jealousy, shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in God's book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven' (Deut 19:20). We Yet a while he will strive with him, he will awaken, he will convince, he will call to remembrance former sins, former judgments, the breach of former vows and promises, the misspending of former days; he will also present persuasive arguments, encouraging promises, dreadful judgments, the shortness of time to repent in; and that there is hope if he come. For I will choose their devices, or the wickednesses that their hearts are contriving of. 1. Given . Whenever we plant a fruit tree or even a runner bean we hope for fruitfulness. These are the fruits of such professors whose hearts are estranged from communion with the Holy Ghost, whose fruit groweth from themselves, from their parts, gifts, strength of wit, natural or moral principles. It mattereth not who brought thee in hither, whether God or the devil, or thine own vain-glorious heart; but hast thou fruit? Well, barren fig-tree, look to thyself, thou wilt not go to heaven thyself, and them that would, thou hinderest; thou must not always cumber the ground, nor always hinder the salvation of others. See Hendriksen, Marshall, and Edersheim in location. 8:20-23), God, "fruit:", But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his 'One shall say I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel' (Isa 44:5). There are also in the world a generation of professors that, notwithstanding their profession, are wild by nature; yea, such as were never cut out, or off, from the wild olive-tree, nor never yet planted into the good olive-tree. 'Friend, how camest thou in hither?' 6 minutes) (Psa 26:8). So Israel was Wherefore these are the true fugitives and vagabonds, that being left of God, of Christ, of grace, and of the promise, and being beyond all hope, wander and straggle to and fro, even as the devil, their associate, until their time shall come to die, or until they descend in battle and perish! This WANT will continually cry in thine ears, Here is a new birth wanting, a new heart, and a new spirit wanting; here is faith wanting; here is love and repentance wanting; here is the fear of God wanting, and a good conversation wanting: 'Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting' (Dan 5:27). he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a These professors are those light and inconsiderate ones that think nothing but peace will attend the gospel; and so anon rejoice at the tidings, without foreseeing the evil. 3. In the parable he represents God. - The occurrences of ETOS, year, in the Gospel of Luke. Barren fig-tree, see here the care, the love, the labour, and way, which the Lord Jesus, the dresser of the vineyard, is fain to take with thee, if haply thou mayest be made fruitful. There are two sorts of professors subject to bring forth untimely fruit: 1. we should be reminded of an even larger context: the coming/arrival of Jesus The death, or cutting down of such men, will be dreadful. I beg, for the sake of the soul, the immortal soul; Lord, spare it one year only, one year longer, this year also. parable of the barren fig tree is only found in the Luke's gospel. 1:3; Jer. how shall I pass through this dark entry into another world? perish" (Luke 13:3,5). + Puritan Hard Drive Introductory Video (Free and the 'must see' Puritan video! Now, these can bring nothing forth but wild olive berries, they cannot bring forth fruit unto God. 'AND FOUND NONE.' he had one only daughter, about twelve, And affliction is not due to wrongdoing, but all wrongdoing brings affliction: Galileans, says Josephus, were especially susceptible to revolt. mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Word Books, 1972), p. 167. Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail; do thy will, I leave him in thy hand, go forth, and do so. THE BARREN FIG-TREE, OR THE DOOM AND DOWNFALL OF THE FRUITLESS PROFESSOR. but now they are hid from thine eyes' (Luke 19:41,42). Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was Zahn understood the years of the parable in a Modified Definite view, he did O! Though Mark 11:12-14; 20-21. part of this loosening of the soil of Israel's heart. There are two things by which God taketh the barren professor from among the children of God: (1.) type of this fruit is given further meaning by the so-called "Great That the day of grace ends with some men before God takes them out of this world. we are to understand these years, even this extra year, as being normal, Can his heart now endure, or can his hands be strong? It His friends take care of the body, wrap it up in the sheet or coffin, but the soul is out of their thought and reach, going down to the chambers of death. Things like love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, and kindness. Westminster Press, 1981), Stier, I, even I, will cause them to be accepted of, and delightful to them. The fig tree has good soil and special care. Richard C., Notes on the Parables (Old Tappan: This is subject to further investigation. Clark, 1863), Vol. In Jesus' day, this was a parable about the Jewish nation but it also contains some important lessons for us. Has the enmity of the human heart by nature changed? And Therefore 'your house is left unto you desolate' (Matt 23:37,38). The conscience is the thing that must be touched with feeling, fear, and remorse, if ever any good be done with the sinner. Take him, death! Chr., The New Testament (London: Rivingtons, Often Well, but mark the answer of God, 'Son of man, What is the vine-tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest? 3. . These words therefore suggest unto us a prodigious kind of boldness and hardened fearlessness. The Nation of Israel was barren in producing fruit for God. I am not a great gardener but I do grow runner beans. Trench, Richard C., Notes on the Parables (Old Tappan: I have provided a complete listing of all the occurrences of ETOS in Luke's 'When the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it' (Matt 21:34). (Luke 13:6). There is sometimes falseness among some pastors, either for the sake of carnal relations, or the like; at this hole Tobiah, the enemy of God, got in (Neh 13:4-9). He therefore riseth, as one would think, to be a new creature indeed. Parables (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1990), Brown, They that bring forth fruit too late. bringing the nations to Him (Ex. parable of the barren fig tree is only found in the Luke's gospel. Arnot, Now, in my handling of this point, I shall discourse of the cutting down, or the judgment here denounced, as it respecteth the doing of it by God's hand immediately, and that too with respect to his casting them out of the world, and not as it respecteth an act of the church, &c. And as to this cutting down, or judgment, it must be concluded, that it cannot be before the day of grace be past with the fig-tree; but according to the observation, there are some professors whose day of grace will end with, Cut it down; and according to the words of the text, 'Then,' after that, 'thou shalt cut it down.' F., The Gospel of St. Luke (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1875), Goebel, fact that it is planted in the vineyard is not strange, often the people of Peter and Jude couple them with the fallen angels, and John forbids that prayer be made for them, because that is happened unto them that hath happened to the fallen angels that fell, who, for forsaking their first state, and for leaving 'their own habitation,' are 'reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day' (Jude 5,6; 2 Peter 2:3-8). dispensational or prophetic parable. It is expected of all hands, that all the trees in the garden of God should be fruitful: God expects fruit, the church expects fruit, the world, even the world, concludes that professors should be fruitful in good works; I say, the world expecteth that professors should be better than themselves. Her lack of response to the message of the Messiah was 5, p. 279. By the man in the parable is meant God the Father (Luke 15:11).2. Single Sermon. When I say to the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if he then do that which is lawful and right, if he walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity, he shall surely live, he shall not die (Eze 33). The fig tree is planted in a vineyard and is kept by a loving vinedresser. That untimely fruit, such as comes too soon, or that comes too late, such as come not in their season, are no fruit. Israel is the fig tree, as is easily (and universally) acknowledged, then the And all this talk is while death stands by. be observed that in the OT Jehovah is said to stand when He judges people 13:6-9 This parable of the barren fig-tree is intended to enforce the warning given just before: the barren tree, except it brings forth fruit, will be cut down. Barren fig-tree, hast thou subscribed, hast thou called thyself by the name of Jacob, and surnamed thyself by the name of Israel? Dr. Iain D. Campbell. The referring to Israel (See Joel 1:7,12; 2:22; etc.). Miracles of mercy. (Jer 14:17). Thou hast wearied men, and provoked the justice of God!  I will supply it with a more fruitful ministry, with a warmer word; I will give them pastors after mine own heart; I will dung them. Why did not he cut it down? The great God will now acknowledge the barren fig-tree, or barren professor, to be his workmanship, or a tree of his bringing in, only the text saith, he had one there. But how is this resented? The answer Jesus gave was negative. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?' were Jesus' "weapons of warfare" against His detractors. Fruits before the world, fruits before the saints, fruits before God, fruits before angels. A voluntary humility, a neglecting of the body, not in any humour (Col 2:23). As for them, therefore, that will retain the name of Christians, fearing God, and yet make no conscience of bringing forth fruit to him, he saith to such, Away! Thou professest to believe thou hast a share in another world: hast thou let got THIS, barren fig-tree? The Thou shalt be cut down, and another shall be planted in thy room. No, saith God, you lied to me last time, I will trust you in this no longer; and withal he tumbleth the wife, the child, the estate into a grave. mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you happening to national Israel in early to mid-Acts. And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till - Verse … Now some terrible discovery of God is made out unto him, to the perplexing and terrifying of his guilty conscience. These have no intercessor, nor any more share in a sacrifice for sin! or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?' Now they are judged by Jesus and cut down from their privileged Israel is the fig tree, as is easily (and universally) acknowledged, then the Cut it down. 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