Week of October 15 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Luke 13:6-9

6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

Reflect: What is the point of Jesus’ parable?

Consider: To illustrate His point (see verses 2-5) Jesus taught in a parable that if fruit does not show in one’s life, judgment will come. A fig tree requires three years to bear figs, but since this one did not produce, the owner said, Cut it down. His vineyard keeper asked him to give it one more year. This parable illustrates the point made in verses 1–5 that judgment comes on those who do not repent. Here Jesus took the thought one step further and noted that fruit must be present (cf. Matt. 3:7–10; 7:15–21; Luke 8:15). A visible change must be seen in the life of one who claims to trust the Messiah. If there is no visible change that person, like the figless fig tree, is judged.[1]

Respond: If you had “one more year” like the fig tree to turn your life around, what would you do? In what ways are you guilty of showing the same self-righteous attitude of the Pharisees? What is the result? How can you begin to change? What step do you need to take to show that you love people more than you love rules and traditions? What is something that we could do together to love and serve our community?

 

[1] John A. Martin, “Luke,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 2 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 240.