Jesus’ Parable of the Fig Tree - Michael Heiser

Updated: Jun 12


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What Can We Learn from the Parable of the Fig Tree?

In Luke 13:6-9, we hear Jesus tell a parable about a barren fig tree that should make us pause.

The story goes like this:

A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’Jesus used everyday examples and parables to relate His messages about our spiritual lives to everyday experiences and things listeners would understand. In those days, trees were symbolic of living a godly life. From the very beginning in the first few passages of Genesis, to the first psalm, to the first pages of the New Testament, and even when Christ returns, there’s a reference of a tree. Not because God really likes trees but because He labors in us to produce godly fruit.." from the article: What Can We Learn from the Parable of the Fig Tree?


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