I like to study the Bible and wrestle with its words. I must fit it and find my place in it. Jesus has promises contained here that I need to understand, and commands that I must obey, and joy that I can experience, and grace that I can receive. What about you?
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Thursday, March 3, 2016
Lent 2016--Day Twenty One
Luke 13:8-9“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”
The fig tree is often used to symbolize Israel in the Bible. Jesus used the metaphor in this parable. It is hard to hear the judgment in this verse. If Israel does not learn the lesson, they will come under punishment. Jesus is the last chance. If they are not responsive to his message, there will be recompense. In verse 3 and again in verse 5, Jesus says, "No,I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all perish as well." What is the lesson of the Fig Tree for you and me? Are we under the same demand for fruit that Israel was? Are we not expected to bear fruit and be productive in the cause of Jesus? He is patient and kind, but there is a time to be fruitful. Don't let it pass.