Israel is the fig tree, as is easily (and universally) acknowledged, then the The 'Importune' Blind Men. whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the Question #1: Did these people suffer because they were worse sinners than other Galileans? - We shall look at the parable of the barren fig tree. behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, I will try, I will see if I can make it fruitful, I will not beg a long life, nor that it might still be barren, and so provoke thee. 1:3; Jer. Ray, Commentary on Luke (Waco:  Word Look to it, barren fig-tree. baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is A fig-tree, barren or fruitless; 4. 1. cit. This was the burden of Spira's complaint, 'I cannot do it! (Eze 22:14). Jesus taught the parable of the barren fig tree in the context of people coming to Him with a report about two recent disasters in Jerusalem. I 'A CERTAIN MAN HAD A FIG-TREE PLANTED IN HIS VINEYARD; AND HE CAME AND SOUGHT FRUIT THEREON, AND FOUND NONE. As the earth, by binding the roots too closely, may hinder the tree's being fruitful, so the want of better means may be also a cause thereof. But 5. (4.) we should be reminded of an even larger context: the coming/arrival of Jesus up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing three years make up the full time which it is reasonable to spend upon the The metaphors in this parable are, 1. The supposition that the fig-tree may yet continue fruitless, is to show, that when Christ Jesus hath done all, there are some professors will abide barren and fruitless.12. Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven, Now Of what complexion thou art I cannot certainly divine; but the parable tells thee that the cumber-ground must be cut down. He was a companion on evangelistic trips with Asbury, Coke, Jesse Lee, Freeborn Garrettson, and was heralded as one of the greatest preachers of … For what presumption higher, and what attempt more desperate, than for a man that wanteth grace, and the true knowledge of God, to crowd himself, in that condition, into the house or church of God; or to make profession of, and desire that the name of God should be called upon him? Hosier is best known for his powerful sermon, “The Barren Fig Tree,” taken from Luke 13: 6 – 9. (Psa 106:23). Israel to prepare for this "priestly ministry." The A man owned a vineyard with a fig tree that didn’t bear fruit for three years. and is all that thou hast to be ventured for his name in this world? Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. 3:7-12). O my brethren, 'what manner of persons ought we to be,' who have subscribed to the Lord, and have called ourselves by the name of Israel? But how is this resented? Though Second. judgement, after all they were not sinners like the Galilaeans whose blood 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. 'In thy filthiness is lewdness, because I have purged thee, and thou wast not purged; thou shalt not be purged from thy filthiness any more, till I cause my fury to rest upon thee' (Eze 24:13). Thus, therefore, Cain's day of grace ended; and the heavens, with God's own heart, were shut up against him; yet after this he lived long. Recent Sermon. Sheldon, Blakeman & Co., 1858), Lange, Every one in a profession, and that hath crowded into the vineyard, pretendeth to repentance; now of every such soul, God expecteth that the fruits of repentance be found to attend them. Now, being come to the time of execution, I shall speak a word to that also; 'After that thou shalt cut it down. So was the fig-tree mentioned in the text. There are some professors whose day of grace will end with, Cut it down, with judgment; when Christ, by his means, hath been used for their salvation. The Parable of The Barren Fig Tree’ is about a man who plants a fig tree in his vineyard. It -- Ed. Acts is a historical and not a theological document) an event does surface In the parable he represents God. What now must be done with this fig-tree? Wherefore it is put to a wonderful strait; stay in the body it may not, go out of the body it dares not. argues similarly. Dost thou not hear that there will be in God's house wooden and earthly professors, and that no place will serve to fit those for hell but the house, the church, the vineyard of God? The next year Isaac was born; so that Ishmael was now fourteen years of age. [15] 7 Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Mark 11:12-14; 20-21. 'That on the good ground are they which, in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience' (Luke 8:15). Israel to prepare for this "priestly ministry. There are some men that steal into a profession nobody knows how, even as this fig-tree was brought into the vineyard by other hands than God's; and there they abide lifeless, graceless, careless, and without any good conscience to God at all. In Luke 13:6-9, we hear Jesus tell a parable about a barren fig tree that should make us pause. However we And he said, I will go forth, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. 2. Jesus states: "Nay: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise Jerusalem as being the key element in her being "cut down." So again, he saith, 'As I have sworn in my wrath, If they shall enter into my rest; although the works were finished from the foundation of the world' (Heb 4:4,5). identity, like the Fig Tree and the Owner, is universally understood to be that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children Three years; 6. See Hendriksen, Marshall, and Edersheim in location. THE CURSE OF THE BARREN FIG TREE. 1. These words therefore suggest unto us a prodigious kind of boldness and hardened fearlessness. Arise from off they bed. astonishing grace, I say, that the Lord Jesus should concern himself with a barren fig-tree; that he should step in to stop the blow from a barren fig-tree! (Luke the Definite view seeks to keep the three years as normal, literal years in parable I will include discussion here on both times. In Jerusalem, we hear of Jesus cursing the fig tree during Passion Week (Mark 11:12-14 and its parallel of Matthew 21:18-19). This Added to these posthumous publications appeared, for the first time, 'An Exhortation to Peace and Unity,' which will be found at the end of our second volume. As who should say, It may be you think to help yourselves against this my prophecy of your utter and unavoidable overthrow, by the interest which you have in your outward privileges. Therefore, first, he complains of the want thereof to the dresser; calls him to come, and see, and take notice of the tree; then signifieth his pleasure: he will have it removed, taken away, cut down from cumbering the ground. 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! attempts to keep the years as normal years and seeks to avoid the The That to the Romans is dreadful, but this seems to go beyond it; that speaks but of the reprobate in general, but this of such and such in particular; that speaks of their hardening but in the common way, but this that they must be suffered to creep into the church, there to fit themselves for their place, their own place, the place prepared for them of this sort only (Acts 1:25). Robert H., An Introduction to the Parables of Jesus (Philadelphia: The years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why 2, p. 186; and Meyer, Heinrich August, Critical and The fig tree is mentioned in 32 verses of the Bible (KJV) with the bulk years are chronological the one year more, presently granted the tree, should By these words the apostle seems to take it for granted, that as there hath been, so there still will be these kind of fig-trees, these barren professors in the house, when all men have done what they can; even as in a great house there are always vessels to dishonour, as well as those to honour and glory; vessels of wood and of earth, as well as of silver and gold. 'If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him'; how then can he be fruitful in the vineyard? The For this man saith, 'I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination' or stubbornness 'of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst'; an opinion flat against the whole Word of God, yea, against the very nature of God himself (Deut 29:18,19). answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig Wilt thou not hear yet, barren fig-tree? It’s just taking up space in the garden.’ 8 “The gardener answered, … Lord, spare me! God gave them sword and famine, pestilence and blood, for their outrage against the Son of his love. 'That they all might be damned,' every one of them, 'who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness' (2 Thess 2:10-12). The MAN, I told you, is to present us with God the Father; by which similitude he is often set out in the New Testament. He continues with the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree (verses 6-9), which refers to tragedy among the Galileans (verse 1). THE BARREN FIG-TREE, OR THE DOOM AND DOWNFALL OF THE FRUITLESS PROFESSOR. 'Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt; thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it' (Psa 80:8). The sermon was first preached at Adam’s Chapel in Fairfax, Virginia, in 1782, and was recorded as the first Methodist sermon given by an African-American. Sin against light, against mercy, and the long-suffering of God, is come up against him; his hope and confidence now lie a-dying by him, and his conscience totters and shakes continually within him! I will choose their devices, or the wickednesses that their hearts are contriving of. Plummer, Alfred, The International Critical Commentary (London: T. textual context of this parable starts back in the previous chapter. Perhaps thou art planted in a good soil, by great waters, that thou mightest bring forth branches, and bear fruit; that thou mightest be a goodly vine or fig-tree. Their covetousness declareth that they are weary of depending upon God; and doth not thy wanton actions declare that thou abhorrest chastity? cumbereth it the ground? Only they reap this damage, 'They treasure up wrath against the day of wrath, and revelation of the righteous judgment of God' (Rom 2:3-5). We First sign. A sermon on the barren fig tree. Yea, let me add, if thou shalt neither bear fruit nor depart, God will take his name out of thy mouth (Jer 44:26). said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on [11], The Second, to wit, that there are some professors whose day of grace will end with, Cut it down, with judgment, when Christ, by his means, hath been used for their salvation. This is the Achan, this is the fig-tree, this is the barren professor! The mode of admitting a member to church-fellowship, among the Baptists, was and now is by introducing the trembling convert to a private meeting of the whole church, that they may hear why the union is sought, how the soul became alarmed, and fled for refuge to Christ, with the grounds of hope; inquiries having been previously made into Christian character and godliness. APPENDEX And Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three Parable of the Barren Fig Tree. commentators like Goebel see the years as being parallel with the moral further data to process. He that sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumbling-block of his iniquity before his face, and yet comes and appears before me, 'I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb: and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the Lord' (Eze 14:7,8). Vows are solemn things; it may be he may fear to break his vows. This fruit those professors bear that have many fair beginnings, or blossoms; that make many fair offers of repentance and amendment; that begin to pray, to resolve, and to break off their sins by righteousness, but stop at those beginnings, and bring not fruit forth to perfection. Alas! 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. The Barren Fig Tree - Puritan Edward Griffin Sermon Luke 13:6 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. of Israel in his sermon. natural years. '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). The second sign. This illustrates the wisdom of our Lord in selecting the fig-tree as the principal object presented to view in his parable. A The fruit that God expecteth is such as is meet for himself; fruit that may glorify God. 1. HOOK: Figs – Janet preserving my Gran’s homemade fig preserves. 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.' I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when The cumber-ground is a sucker; he draws away the heart and nourishment from the other trees. Michael K. Marsh January 16, 2012 January 16, 2012 Leave a comment. Listen online. Third. Dost thou walk like one that is bought with a price, even with the price of precious blood? All these are such as bring forth untimely fruit (Heb 12:17; Luke 13:25-27). But as he went the people thronged him. These are 'foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition; for the love of money is the root of all evil.' Thou hast heretofore been met with under the word; thy heart hath melted, thy spirit hath fallen, thy soul hath trembled, and thou hast felt something of the power of the gospel. Richard C., Notes on the Parables (Old Tappan:  Where is thy self-denial and contentment? As Samuel also said to barren Saul, 'The Lord hath rent the kingdom from thee, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine that is better than thou' (1 Sam 15:28). He would dig around the tree and add manure. Well, upon a day his brother Isaac was weaned, at which time his father made a feast, and rejoiced before the Lord, for that he had given him the promised son; at this Ishmael mocked them, their son, and godly rejoicing. He that cuts him down sways him as the feller of wood sways the tottering tree; now this way, then that, at last a root breaks, a heart-string, an eye-string, sweeps asunder. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard... (Luke 13:6,7a). And now again he complains, here are two years gone, and no fruit appears; well, I will defer mine anger. [19] 'God shall send them.' saith God (Isa 1:12). therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, 'THEN the anger of the Lord, and his jealousy, shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven' (Deut 29:18-20). part of this loosening of the soil of Israel's heart. HE came seeking fruit thereon. Seest thou a man that heretofore had the knowledge of God, and that had some awe of Majesty upon him: I say, seest thou such an one sporting himself in his own deceivings, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and walking after his own ungodly lusts? Jerusalem as being the key element in her being "cut down.". Thus saith the LORD of The day of grace is like to be past, when a professor hath withstood, abused, and worn out God's patience, then he is in danger; this is a provocation; then God cries, 'Cut it down.' Dean, A Plain Commentary on the Four Holy Gospels (Philadelphia:  The dresser's desire to try to make the fig-tree fruitful, is to show you how unwilling he is that even a barren fig-tree should yet be barren, and perish.10. -- Ed. Dr. Iain D. Campbell. 16:8; etc.). I invite you to take your Bible and do that. I You know thus it is with yourselves. we should be reminded of an even larger context: the coming/arrival of Jesus That such a professor is almost, if not quite, past grace, is, when God hath given him over, or lets him alone, and suffers him to do anything, and that without control, helpeth him not either in works of holiness, or in straits and difficulties. These are of the sort of thieves that Paul complains of, 'False brethren, that are brought in unawares' (Gal 2:4). Of some of the branches of this vine were there unfruitful professors. He. Lord, the fig-tree is earth-bound. type of this fruit is given further meaning by the so-called "Great (Mark 14:19). Lessons from Nature: Fig Tree Lessons From Nature Kingston Free Presbyterian. And so it is here in the text. (12:20,21,31-53,58,59). The Barren Fig Tree - Puritan Edward Griffin Sermon Luke 13:6 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. Yea, many people and strong God, who teaches man to profit, bless this brief and plain discourse to thy soul, who yet standest a professor in the land of the living, among the trees of his garden. Modified Definite view attempts to handle all four years as definite years but is a very significant event. A 'hit,' in some parts of the country, is used to express a good crop. This man is called, 'a root that beareth gall and wormwood,' or a poisonful herb, such an one as is abominated of God, yea, the abhorred of his soul. parable of the Barren Fig Tree is one that could be classified as a Take heed, barren fig-tree, lest thy life should give thy profession the lie. cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one This THEN SAID HE UNTO THE DRESSER OF HIS VINEYARD, BEHOLD, THESE THREE YEARS I COME SEEKING FRUIT ON THE FIG-TREE, AND FIND NONE: CUT IT DOWN; WHY CUMBERETH IT THE GROUND? He remembers every time, every season, every sermon, every minister, affliction, judgment, mercy, awakening, pattern, example, citation, provocation; he remembers all. Thus he cut down Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, when he made the earth to swallow them up (Num 3:4, 16:31-33). shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:  '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. hindering her usefulness to God. Barren fig-tree, the vineyard of God hath been a fruitful place. I had thought to have enlarged, but I forbear. Now he begins to have second thoughts, How! But bringeth not forth fruit meet for him whose gospel it is; 'Takes no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel with all his heart' (2 Kings 10:31). 'Show out of a good conversation thy works with meekness of wisdom' (James 2:18, 3:13). This baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to 'Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds, yet he shall perish for ever, like his own dung; they which have seen him shall say, Where is he?' vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. F., The Gospel of St. Luke (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1875), Goebel, I shall instance Ishmael. and thus are cut down as a favored nation. Throughout Intro: We are walking with Jesus and His disciples through the last week of His earthly life.It is amazing that Jesus was able to pack so much activity into a seven day period of time. If it serve not for fruit it will serve for fuel, and so 'the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burnt.'. 'Naked and open are all things to his eye.' The Parable of the Barren Fig-Tree. (Matt 22:11,12). bringing of people, in particular the nations, to the Lord. 3, pp. Gardens and vineyards are places for fruit, for fruit according to the nature of the plant or flowers. he had one only daughter, about twelve, And of probation which was to decide its fate. Israel is understood to be the fig tree, then it is sure that the owner of the he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, the last months of the life of Christ. The Parable of The Barren Fig Tree. The The 4. Now, before the fruit can be good, the tree must be good; for good fruit makes not a good tree, but a 'good tree bringeth forth good fruit. 'Behold thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth, and from thy face shall I be hid' (Gen 4:9-14). 13:34,35). behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen, And see that after the cross Israel still is in a place of national privilege Go ye 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. Sermon passage is on Luke 13:6-9 (NLT): Parable of the Barren Fig Tree. 'A certain MAN had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard.'. Chr., The New Testament  (London:  Rivingtons, 1863), Robertson, Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was later, the Indefinite view also fails to examine Luke's usage of the greek referring to Israel (See Joel 1:7,12; 2:22; etc.). 2. A third sign that such a professor is quite past grace is, when his heart is grown so hard, so stony, and impenetrable, that nothing will pierce it. There is a man hath a hundred trees in his vineyard, and at the time of the season, he walketh into his vineyard to see how the trees flourish; and as he goes, and views, and prys, and observes how they are hanged with fruit, behold, he cometh to one where he findeth naught but leaves. Hast thou fruit becoming the care of God, the protection of God, the wisdom of God, the patience and husbandry of God? ETOS is also used with an ordinal in an approximate, plus or minus, Those The cumber-ground must to the wood-pile, and thence to the fire. These showers and streams, and the drops that hang upon thy boughs, will all be accounted for; and will they not testify against thee that thou oughtest, of right, to be burned? THEN; it intimateth that he was now come to a point, to a resolution what to do with this fig-tree. What love to the Lord Jesus? He will have fruit. -- Ed. He accomplished much during those seven days and not a single moment was wasted by our Lord. 'O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!' Those who take the years But to give you, in a few particulars, the manner of this man's dying. I am not a great gardener but I do grow runner beans. So the children of Israel, they brought to God the fruits of obedience too late; their 'Lo, we be here' came too late (Num 14:40-42); their 'We will go up' came too late (Num 14:40-44). A want of warmer means, of fatter means. Wherefore, accordingly, he propoundeth to loosen the earth; to dig about it. Lord, let it alone this year also, until I shall dig about it.' (4.) FROM THE SCOPE OF THE PARABLE WE MAY NOTE — 1. providing them with the proper view of that incident. Lord, I will loose his roots, I will dig up this earth, I will lay his roots bare; my hand shall be upon him by sickness, by disappointments, by cross providences; I will dig about him until he stands shaking and tottering; until he be ready to fall; then, if ever, he will seek to take faster hold. the text picking up after Stephen's Spirit inspired sermon: When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they The beautiful parable from which Bunyan selected his text, represents an enclosed ground, in which, among others, a fig-tree had been planted. Well, God hath laid up thy three years with himself. his parents went to Jerusalem every, And Gospel means, applied, is the last remedy for a barren professor; if the gospel, if the grace of the gospel, will not do, there can be nothing expected but cut it down. 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