2016-11-05 - The Fig Tree
In Luke 13:6-9, we find Jesus' parable of the fig tree. The vineyard owner was disappointed that this particular fig tree was unproductive. In fact, the owner told his vineyard manager to cut it down. His worker asked that the owner let him work with the tree for one more year, so that it could become productive. The worker said "Sir, leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down." (Luke 13:8-9)
Some commentators think that Jesus was referring to the nation of Israel, which had strayed from God. Other commentators believe Jesus was referring to His individual listeners. Jesus had come in person to Earth, to address them both. Jesus had come to proclaim the Good News and free them from their sins. He wanted the fig trees to become productive. Today, Jesus calls for us to be productive fig trees for Him. Are we bearing fruit?
Are we productive for Jesus?
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.