Rejection Of The Messiah
In chapter 13 of Luke, it begins as Luke moves the reader along a line of thought beginning with…
Luke 13:6-9 (NKJV) **
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’
** All scripture is from the New King James Version unless otherwise noted.
Jesus’ call to the nation of Israel to wake up and recognize that they would face the judgement of rejecting Him if they fail to bear fruit (Jesus uses the parable of the fig tree) If we see that the tree fails to bear fruit we see it as worthless.. after all it is a fruit tree. What good is it if it does not bear fruit. What then do we do with it? We cut it down. That was the way Jesus was speaking to the nation of Israel represented in the form of that tree that they were either to bear fruit in the form of faith in the Messiah or face judgement. So through this parable, Jesus warns the nation that the Father wont have infinite patience with them. Continue reading