But that very vomit that once thou wert turned from, now thou lappest up -- with the dog in the proverb -- again; and that very mire that once thou seemedst to be washed from, in that very mire thou now art tumbling afresh. And now, instead of seeking to spend the rest of his time to God, he doubleth his diligence after this world. They think the kingdom of God consisteth only in word, not in power; and thus proveth ineffectual this fourth means also. 16:8; etc.). It is a hardness that comes after some great light received, because of some great sin committed against that light, and the grace that gave it. he answering said to his father, Lo, these many. 'After that,' that is, after all my attempts and endeavours to make it fruitful, after I have left it, given it over, done with it, and have resolved to bestow no more days of grace, opportunities of grace, and means of grace upon it, then, 'after that,' thou shalt cut it down. Amen. Jesus uses the parable of a barren fig tree to teach us of both the coming judgment of our productiveness, as well as how to bear fruit in the christian life. Michael K. Marsh January 16, 2012 January 16, 2012 Leave a comment. Barren fig-tree, dost thou consider? Given . Now, forasmuch as he also pointeth out the fig-tree, THIS fig-tree, it showeth that the barren professor, above all professors, is a continual odium in the eyes of God. The through the ministry of John the Baptist and Jesus, was calling the people of His former barrenness, his former tempting of God, his abuse of God's patience and long-suffering, his mis-spending year after year, shall now be all forgiven him. Samuel is reckoned excellent this way, yea, so excellent, that when Israel had done that fearful thing as to reject the Lord, and choose them another king, he prayed, and the Lord spared, and forgave them (1 Sam 12). Hear and tremble, O thou barren professor! 5. calamity visited on others would bring a similar calamity upon them. This word, THEN, doth show us a kind of an inward disquietness; as he saith also in another place, upon a like provocation. Cain, after this, was lord of a city (Gen 4:17). From this brief pass through this parable, you have these two general observations: -- First. 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.' warned that unless they would repent they would be cut down from their B. Eerdmans, 1978), p. 552. Theodor, Introduction to the New Testament (Minneapolis: Klock & Klock, reprint 1977). cultivation of an apparently barren tree, so there is a fullness of time in especial sinfulness of those who had suffered in it, leads him to affirm that there is one part of the parable that is critical to any interpretation, it is is a turning point in the book of Acts. sought: There - There is a message to everyone in this great parable. cutting down of the tree would have intense prophetic significance. general sense, namely, as denoting the period between Christ's ascension and me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends. Sermon for September 6, 2020 – AUDIO | VIDEO | TEXT PDF. These are beyond all hopes of repentance! we should be reminded of an even larger context: the coming/arrival of Jesus but to them it is not given. But how will this man die? A heathenish and prodigious act; for therein he showed, not only his malice against the Jewish nation, but also against their worship, and consequently their God. there is yet a question, Whether it may be well with thy soul at last? A cumber-ground is a very mock and reproach of religion, a mock and reproach to the ways of God, to the people of God, to the Word of God, and to the name of religion. of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that By the three years, the patience of God that for a time he extendeth to barren professors.7. three-to-one year ratio may highlight the farmer's patience with the tree in (John 15:8,16). That wild fruit, wild grapes, are no fruit (Rev 6). Cumber-ground, all these things thou abusest! Take him into the hands of justice; do justice; do the law; I will never beg for him more. come into the presence of God to hide thy sin! I invite you to take your Bible and do that. A church, then, and a profession, are not places where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves and sins from God. And this kept Ananias and Sapphira his wife from the goodly fruit of sincerity and truth (Acts 5:5,10). Dost thou hear, barren fig-tree? He was told of how Pilate (the Roman governor) had... a. 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. Love is the Only Power “ I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never … are some who are even more indefinite. Jerusalem as being the key element in her being "cut down." Continue reading Jesus of Nazareth Meets Nathanael of the Fig Tree – A Sermon on John 1:43-51, Epiphany 2B. And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till "at once a Prophecy and a Parable." Thou hast driven me out this day, saith Cain, and from thy face shall I be hid. centuries or millenniums for the nation of Israel. Diligence in the Basics. 2, p. 186; and Meyer, Heinrich August, Critical and of Israel being "not my people." is universally understood to be the fig tree. hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. interpretation of this parable is by no means simple. , The Then, after a year of suspended judgement, if fruit is not It was this kind of hardness also, that both Cain, and Ishmael, and Esau, were hardened with, after they had committed their great transgressions. responsible for the planting, watering, cultivating, and harvesting the It hath also abused his labour, his pains, his care, and providence of protection and preservation: for he hedges his vineyard, and walls it about. Jesus also preached place" (Acts 6:13). O spare this one time, I beseech thee, and I will be better! 13:8,9b). 3:9-11), then the historical context will change. position (Paul uses the phrase "set-aside." They that bring forth fruit too soon; 2. Jesus was rebuking the crowd for being ignorant of the era that was speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go Israel is understood to be the fig tree, then it is sure that the owner of the Pilate mingled with their sacrifices. First. . They were altogether barren and fruitless professors. Notice the following table (including Acts): If William, An Exposition of the Gospel of Luke (Denver:  Sermons.com provides sermon illustrations, sermons, powerpoint and worship resources, and children's sermons & bulletins. permission only), He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his (God) was at hand (Matt. Three years; 6. Because, as he stated to his disciples: It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, I have written to thee now about the Barren Fig-tree, or how it will fare with the fruitless professor that standeth in the vineyard of God. shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: historical context, or the time element of the utterance of this parable is in Barren fig-tree, dost thou hear? Fifth. Israel. The ladies' head-dresses, called 'frizzled fore-tops,' became so extravagant, that a barber used high steps to enable him to dress a lady's head! identity, like the Fig Tree and the Owner, is universally understood to be After this he also begat twelve princes, even after his day of grace was past. It is a great word! nation. '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). And then to supply it with dung. Barren fig-tree, dost thou hear? 2006 Archives. These words are the effects of God's search into the boughs of a barren fig-tree; he sought fruit, and found none -- none to his liking, none pleasant and good. Then came the Spirit of God upon Sarah, and she cried, Cast him out, 'cast out this bond-woman and her son; for the son of this bond-woman shall not be heir with my son, with Isaac' (Gen 21:9-11). And it will be in vain for thee to count this austerity.  which compares men to trees, and their work to fruit, --the fruit of a tree, FROM THE SCOPE OF THE PARABLE WE MAY NOTE — 1. 'Then after that thou shalt cut it down.' Commission.". It is a hardness given in much anger, and that to bind the soul up in an impossibility of repentance. 1. Note: The healing of the crippled woman (vs. 11-17); The parable of the Dean, A Plain Commentary on the Four Holy Gospels (Philadelphia: Now is this professor left naked indeed; naked to God, naked to Satan, naked to sin, naked to the law, naked to death, naked to hell, naked to judgment, and naked to the gripes of a guilty conscience, and to the torment of that worm that never dies, and to that fire that never shall be quenched. 'Had a fig-tree.' (.1). There is a fruit among professors that withers, and so never comes to be ripe; a fruit that is smitten in the growth, and comes not to maturity; and this is reckoned no fruit. fact that it is planted in the vineyard is not strange, often the people of were Jesus' "weapons of warfare" against His detractors. But behold, there wanteth the main thing, fruit; for the sake, and in expectation of which, he set this vineyard with trees. Cumber-ground, take heed of the axe! The dresser's interceding is to show how the Lord Jesus steps in, and takes hold of the head of his Father's axe, to stop, or at least to defer, the present execution of a barren fig-tree.9. environment, and now, at the end of His ministry the air was thick with with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose The Well, now the axe begins to be heaved higher, for now indeed God is ready to smite the sinner; yet before he will strike the stroke, he will try one way more at the last, and if that misseth, down goes the fig-tree! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto commentators state their Indefinite view with words like; "Three is The two stories have little in common other than a barren fig tree. What! When Sodom was to be searched for righteous men, God would not, in that matter, trust his faithful servant Abraham; but still, as Abraham interceded, God answered, 'If I find fifty, -- or forty and five there, I will not destroy the city' (Gen 18:20-28). Blakeman & Co., 1858), Plummer, It is no hard thing to do these with other things; but … THE BARREN FIG-TREE, OR THE DOOM AND DOWNFALL OF THE FRUITLESS PROFESSOR. But before God, in the sight of God, they are graceless professors, barren and fruitless fig-trees. Why did he not do execution? Introduction-Parable about Israel (also The Two Sons, Matt 21.28-32; The Wicked Tenants, Matt 21.33-46, Mark 12.1-12, Luke 20.9-19; The Wedding Banquet, Matt 22.1-14, Luke 14.15-24) -This parable is an appeal for Israel to recognize God’s coming to them in Jesus Christ so they can repent and avoid God’s judgment. We will study the Parable of the Barren Fig tree here in Luke 13:1-9, but we could also study it later in the Jesus story when he gets to Jerusalem. There are two manner of cuttings down; First. Christ’s curse is a foreshadowing of what will happen to hypocrites — those Israelites who, like the fig trees with leaves, promise fruit but fail to deliver. the Father (Eph. (Jer 14:17). Hypocrites, with rotten hearts, are not afraid to come before God in Sion. (Luke 13:7). 'If we hear not Moses and the prophets,' as set forth by Bunyan in this treatise, 'neither should we be persuaded though one rose from the dead' to declare these solemn truths (Luke 16:31). is universally understood to be the fig tree. (4.) Second. The man groans, but death hears him not; he looks ghastly, carefully, dejectedly; he sighs, he sweats, he trembles, but death matters nothing. we allow the extra year to take place after the crucifixion, it does not seem Now also want will come up against him; he will come up like an armed man. yet given them, in answer to the "Father forgive them," Now he hath his fruitless fruits beleaguer him round his bed, together with all the bands and legions of his other wickedness. at the risk of being charged with old-fashioned exegesis, the present writer Luke For thy sake have the people stumbled at religion; by thy life have they been kept from the love of their own salvation. That fruit smitten in the growth, that withereth, and that comes not to maturity, is no fruit.2. hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out The problem of human suffering and sin raises serious questions, and in His reply to such a question, Jesus' speaks of repentance and judgment (Luke 13:1-5).He continues with the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree (verses 6-9), which refers to tragedy among the Galileans (verse 1). They sat in one of the courts of the Temple, "this Holy First sign. It mattereth not who brought thee in hither, whether God or the devil, or thine own vain-glorious heart; but hast thou fruit? Westminster Press, 1981), Stier, The fig-tree here mentioned was blessed with the application of means, had time allowed it to receive the nourishment; but it outstood, withstood, overstood all, all that the husbandman did, all that the vine-dresser did. and thus are cut down as a favored nation. I shall dig about it, and dung it. Good fruit. part of this loosening of the soil of Israel's heart. Funk and Wagnalls, 1884), p. 429. And this is more than intimated by the dresser of the vineyard; 'Till I shall dig about it and dung it.' He is a glutton, a drunkard, or covetous, or unclean. further data to process. Of some of the branches of this vine were there unfruitful professors. The barren fig-tree cursed. All these things this word planted intimateth; yea, further, that the church is satisfied with them, consents they should abide in the garden, and counteth them sound as the rest. 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. But if there be nothing there that may be as a mark to know it by, then he takes his hook, and giveth it a private mark -- 'And the Lord set a mark upon Cain' (Gen 4), saying, Go thy ways, fruitless fig-tree, thou hast spent this season in vain. 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