4/28 – The Barren Fig Tree

Luke 13:6-9 records the parable of the unfruitful fig tree. The owner of a vineyard is unpleased with a fig tree that is not bearing fruit and wants to cut it down. The decision is made to work with it and give it one last chance.

Followers of Jesus are to be fruitful (see Matthew 13:23, John 15:1-8, 2 Peter 1:8), therefore the parable could be applied to all of us. Some think Jesus has the Jewish nation or leaders specifically in mind. If you have an opinion about this please share it!

Question; how does this parable show both the justice and mercy of God?


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3 Responses to 4/28 – The Barren Fig Tree

  1. Sandy Steinman

    These few verses are a great example of God’s mercy and His justice. It was clear that the owner wanted to see the tree bearing fruit which in Galatians is shown to be love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. After 3 years he had seen none of those and while he could have cut it down the decision was to wait one more year which demonstrates God’s desire that not one of us perish but that we do bear fruit. That one more year certainly indicates that God is just and there will be a day of reckoning.

  2. Mary K

    It is interesting to me that in this parable the vineyard keeper wasn’t just going to sit around for a year hoping for the best. He was going to cultivate and fertilize the tree to help restore it.

  3. Andrew Benson

    I think there is a lesson in this parable for each of us. I really like Sandy and Mary K’s comments. It’s good to know that God will give us some time to be fruitful. It is clear though that God will only wait so long.

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