Only here in the Gospels. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. Figure of speech Asterismos. olive, that that should not be cut down?' “Not only is it unfruitful, but it draws away the juices which the vines would extract from the earth, intercepts the sun, and occupies room” (Bengel). Why does it even use up the ground? Luke 13:6. Was it Stephen's plea when he was brutally murdered by the Sanhedrin that postponed the outpouring of God's wrath on His errant nation? Why is it allowed to impoverish the soil, and interfere with the other products of the vineyard. three years — a long enough trial for a fig tree, and so denoting probably just a sufficient period of culture for spiritual fruit. to abuse it. The moment the life does not master the forces which come, that moment it begins to lose its own vitality, and therefore silent mastery of an outward world is life. References: Luke 13:7, Luke 13:8.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. And. Good News Productions International and College Press Publishing, Resting In Him (Easter Reflections - (10). καὶ τ. γ. Shakespeare’s Julius Cœsar, iii. The dresser of his vineyard - The man whose duty it was to trim the vines and take care of his vineyard. Luke 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. If so the nation was allowed to survive near forty years after the voice of the intercessor had surrendered and ceased on earth. Luke 13:6-9  Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me an understanding of Your word and help me learn even more from parables like the fruitless fig tree. The great question, "Are you fit to live?" The supposed allusion to the duration of our Lord's ministry is precarious. 'If it bear but the fourth part of a cab.' 4. Where is the ceaseless inward power that transmutes all that reaches it into luxuriant growths of new and pleasant services, the silent sustained mastery that, come good, come evil, takes it all, and changes it into crop after crop in due season of help for others, life by which others may live? Cut it down] Trees that are not for fruit are for the fire. Twenty-five times in the Epistles in the sense of vitiate. Luke 13:7. ἀμπελουργόν, the vine-dresser (ἄμπελος, ἔργον) here only in N.T.— ἰδοὺ, lo! Barrenness curses others also. Does not our Lord refer to such a custom? This parable in the first place refers to the nation and people of the Jews. Why does it even use up the ground? This parable in the first place refers to the nation and people of the Jews. They boasted of their strict religiosity and their works-based piety, which was an abomination in the sight of the Lord - yet failed to produce the fruit of righteousness He demanded - they refused to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly before God. Act 9:31 - So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. We are meditating on the long journey from Galilee to Jerusalem and which takes almost half of Luke’s Gospel, from chapter 9 to chapter 19 (Lk 9:51 to 19:28). The "certain man" who owned the vineyard is God, and the vineyard is Israel (Isaiah 5:1-7).The fig tree represents the individual Israelite, especially the Jew in this case. The moral of that story is found in Luke 13:3: “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish.” 7. as of one who has a right to complain.— τρία ἔτη, three years, reckoned not from the planting of the tree (it is three years after planting that it begins to bear fruit), but from the time that it might have been expected in ordinary course to yield a crop of figs. Luke 13:7. a 4 * Blessed are they who mourn, b. for they will be comforted. Every man is allowed a certain time of trial, during which he enjoys the means and helps necessary to holiness. During the whole three years again and again. 13:7-9 Here is a prophecy of the sufferings of Christ. The outer world comes to it in forces of all kinds, and it receives them all, draws them into its being, subdues them to itself, lives by and through them, but makes no stir itself; neither moves nor utters sound, nor is violent, nor fills the world with the rush of impetuous strength. 6.His waiting denotes the delay of vengeance, to give them an opportunity of repentance. That is one of the primary reasons I have always driven older, slower cars (another is money). I come—This is a verb of continuity. He wanted to give it every opportunity. fruit might lightly and upon every small occasion be cut down, that law providing against from among the vines. They could not comprehend that they were sinners in need of salvation, nor could they recognise the barrenness of their soul or the importance of repenting of their sin, both individually and nationally. He is the Shepherd who was to lay down his life for the sheep. Although God ordered Him to cut down the unproductive tree, Jesus interceded on Israel's behalf, and one more year was granted for Him to try to get the tree to bear fruit - to get the nation to bring forth the fruit of righteousness. Luke 13:6-9 Another Year of Grace. 7.The remark of the dresser that he might “then” cut it down, denotes the acquiescence of all in the belief that such a judgment would be just. Sheviith, fol. The specific elements included in it are expressed by Bengel above. E. Thring, Church of England Pulpit, April 3rd, 1880. xi., No. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come If this reading be genuine, it is doubtless an allusion to Matthew 3:10; (note): Now the axe lieth at the root of the trees. Not only is it of no use, but it even draws off the juices, which the vines would otherwise extract (suck) out of the earth, and intercepts the sun’s rays; and it takes up valuable room. They mean, as applicable to the vineyard, that the owner had been “a long time” expecting fruit on the tree. Commentary on Luke 13:6-9 (Read Luke 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. time.". Niclas, entitled, Δενδρον ακαρπον καρποφορειν, How to make a barren tree fruitful. Introduction - When we genuinely repent and begin living for God, fruit will be born in our lives that will soon be evident to all that pass by. The visits of God are secret and unrecognized, though they be ever recurring. It surfaced while I was posting some of my responses to his interview with Dr. Michael Brown. Luke 13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground? I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down. To those who believed in Him the picture of the fruitless fig tree is obvious but to the unbelieving heart it appears obscure and puzzling. It may take as many thousand years.— , I keep coming, the progressive present. Why cumbereth it the ground? See Bishop Pearce. He knew He would come to His own people to claim His rightful position as King but would not be received - BUT God had to fulfil His promises to the patriarchs, which is why much of Christ's early teaching was only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Our fruitfulness, our barrenness, our production of the wild poison fruit, all take place beneath his watchful but patient eye. This is applied by some to represent the period of the Lord’s ministry. Christ and the Father are one. Then the tree becomes abundantly fruitful." Pride in their Jewish heritage caused them to be haughty instead of humble. Where would you place it on a scale of 1 – 10? In Luke’s narrative, two scenes of Jesus’ teaching sandwiches this account of healing and controversy with religious leaders. Luke 13:7. For the sinner can never sin by omission alone. — That is, not only bear no fruit itself, but take up the ground of another tree that would. They were quick to boast of their adoption; the glory; the covenants; the giving of the law; the temple service; and the promises of a Messiah, but refused to recognise their broken covenant; rebellious behaviour; gross apostasy and offensive idolatry. The fig tree is easily identified as Israel who was planted in their land by God - the vineyard owner. κατ.] We need to connect this parable to what precedes it and with Jesus' calling of the Jews to repentance.Christ gives it to illustrate God's dealings with Israel and their wickedness despite all His kindness. The visits of God are secret and unrecognized, though they be ever recurring. Rather, “cut it out ” ( ἐκ ) from among the other trees and the vines. He knew Israel would treat John the Baptist's call to repentance with disdain and reject Christ's Messianic claims. 1451. Seeking fruit—The master seeks, and seeks from season to season. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Why also, besides bearing no fruit, cumbereth it the ground? The texts add aph" hou = from which, or since (three years). Luke 13:10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. On the other end of the synagogue healing is another parable, about how God’s kingdom grows (i.e., mustard seed and yeast) … "Rabh Cut it down. The master comes not merely once a year, but again and again within the year, at the seasons when fruit may be found on a fig tree (Hahn). But if not, after that you can cut it down" (Luke 13:8-9 Luke 13:8-9  And he answering said to him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:  And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that you shall cut it down. A Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod(WELS) congregation and school in Alma, MI. as of one who has a right to complain.— , three years, reckoned not from the planting of the tree (it is three years after planting that it begins to bear fruit), but from the time that it might have been expected in ordinary course to yield a crop of figs. The tree itself brings forth no fruit; let it be cut down that a more profitable one may be planted in its place. The Beatitudes *. —The fig produces within this period after planting. ), which, as Trench observes, is the key-word of the sentence. 83 of lib. But when it still proved to be fruitless he called on the vinedresser to cut it down and prevent it from filling up useful space where another tree could be planted and from taking the nutrients out of the ground to no purpose. Three years is not a long period, but enough to determine whether it is going to be fruit-bearing, the one thing it is there for. 13 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans … A barren fig tree renders the land useless by occupying valuable space. Though this parable was originally meant of the Jews, it may be applied to men in every age; for it exhibits a law observed in the divine administration, which should strike terror into all who enjoy spiritual privileges, without improving them. We may also remark that God treats sinners in this manner now; that he spares them long; that he gives them opportunities of repentance; that many live but to cumber the ground; that they are not only useless to the church, but pernicious to the world; that in due time, when they are fairly tried, they shall be cut down; and that the universe will bow to the awful decree of God, and say that their damnation is just. "And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. "And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. It bears repeating that Jesus does not explain the causes of violence that nature and human beings regularly inflict upon unsuspecting people. They urge, 'And what of the I refer to cap. Behold, these three years I come— See how long I have waited, even three years past, in vain, and still this fig-tree is entirely barren: cut it down; why should it any longer take up the place of better plants, and draw away the fructifying juices of my ground, which might be profitable to other trees? The Sermon on the Mount. - Or, in other words, Why should the ground be also useless? There is something very like this in the Γεωπονικα, or De Re Rustica of the ancient Greek writers on agriculture. He will commit positive sin, and produce positive evil and destruction. Tried by this test, are you fit to live? cut it down = cut it out: i.e. Christ was to die, the Church was to be born and many were to come to faith in Jesus as the Messiah, before that year was completed - and judgement should have fallen on the nation. these three years. Hence the impatient , cut it out (from the root).— : points to a second ground of complaint. There is a certain indignation in this language. dresser of vineyard. We offer Lutheran sermons, Bible classes, parents helps, biblical counseling, life helps, services, Lutheran guidance, spiritual growth, Christian support, a family atmosphere. But God asks, "Are you fit to live?" Luk 13:9 And if it bears fruit, well; and if not, then after that you shall cut it down. Whatever be the special interpretation, this period indicates that fruit is not demanded too soon. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick. For three successive years he had been disappointed. See Romans 3:3. It concerns the interpretation of Zechariah 13:7-9: “Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the Lord of hosts. He will commit positive sin, and produce positive evil and destruction. - "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge". We must seek for the answer where we find the question. Men ask, "Are you fit to die?" Luke 13:1-35—Read the Bible online or download free. & Sheviith, c. 5. sect. Luke 13:7. , the vine-dresser ( , ) here only in N.T.— , lo! Life is an internal growth; this is the first great truth. Jesus teaches that “suffering” doesn’t imply “sinfulness” (13:1-5) before telling a parable about mercy (cf. But it may mean only several years; a certain number being put for an uncertain. or "that it may not cumber"; or "render the ground useless", as read the Arabic version, and one of Beza's copies; for unfruitful trees suck up the juices of the earth, and draw away nourishment from other trees that are near them, and so make the earth barren, and not only hurt other trees, but stand in the way and place of fruitful ones; and therefore it is best to cut them down. Luke 13:8.—J. By Pastor Vince Gerhardy Another year has almost gone and we are on the brink of another! He will not always serve men for a sinning stock. Natt, Posthumous Sermons, p. 384; Preacher's Monthly, vol. There are many things in this life that I consider tempting. Why cumbereth it the ground? “And he said to the vinedresser, Behold, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and have found none. cumbereth it the ground = injureth it the soil also. CHAPTER 5. God will lay down his basket and take up his axe. Greek. 1. R. Our fruitfulness, our barrenness, our production of the wild poison fruit, all take place beneath his watchful but patient eye. Greek. If he continues ignorant of God's visitation, despises the riches of the divine mercy, and goes on obstinately in sin, these advantages are frequently taken away from him, his day of grace ends; the utmost term of God's patience is past for ever; the divine spirit being grieved, is provoked to depart, and the man is delivered over to a hardened heart. Maybe you would give 2006 an 8 or 9 out of 10 – in other words, it was a really good year. 23 “Parade, The Dallas Morning News, Sunday, April 10, 1988, p.4. The verb cumbereth ( καταργεῖ ) means to make of no effect. 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