Jesus is characterised as the vine-dresser who sought in vain for fruit, during the three years of His earthly ministry, but found none. He does not blame victims. 13:7-9 Here is a prophecy of the sufferings of Christ. It appears that the owner had given it three years in order to see if its fruitless condition was permanent. We may also remark that God treats sinners in this manner now; that he spares them long; that he gives them opportunities of repentance; that many live but to cumber the ground; that they are not only useless to the church, but pernicious to the world; that in due time, when they are fairly tried, they shall be cut down; and that the universe will bow to the awful decree of God, and say that their damnation is just. Thank You that in Christ I have all I need for life and godliness and help me to walk in spirit and truth all the days of my life, for Your greater praise and glory - this I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN. References: Luke 13:7, Luke 13:8.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. Luke 13:6-9 [6] Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. Luke 13:6. The objection to this, that the cutting down ought then to have taken place at the end of τοῦτο τὸ ἔτος, does not apply; for all is left indefinite in the request and the implied answer. As God, he is called my Fellow. I come and come and am always disappointed. The visits of God are secret and unrecognized, though they be ever recurring. Luke 13:7. τρία, three) A number in some measure decisive and determinate. We need to connect this parable to what precedes it and with Jesus' calling of the Jews to repentance.Christ gives it to illustrate God's dealings with Israel and their wickedness despite all His kindness. In his view it was long enough to show that the tree was barren and would yield no fruit, and that therefore it should be cut down. Was the parable no more than another call for Israel to repent of their sin, rather than an indication that the fig tree would be cut down in twelve month's time and the day of God's judgement be poured out on His sinful nation? Why does it even use up the ground? I. 13:6-7). Although God ordered Him to cut down the unproductive tree, Jesus interceded on Israel's behalf, and one more year was granted for Him to try to get the tree to bear fruit - to get the nation to bring forth the fruit of righteousness. (They also became the first generation of believers in the Church era.). The owner's waiting signifies the delay of vengeance, to give Israel an opportunity to repent. It bears repeating that Jesus does not explain the causes of violence that nature and human beings regularly inflict upon unsuspecting people. Answer: In Luke 13:6-9 Jesus spoke this parable: 'A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7. Old word, but here only in the N.T., from αμπελος — ampelos vine, and εργον — ergon work. Luke 13:7 : Luke 13:9 >> Luke 13:8. CHAPTER 5. Luke 13:7. , the vine-dresser ( , ) here only in N.T.— , lo! Demai, c. 1. sect. Jarchi, Maimon. We do not know. to abuse it. He will not always serve men for a sinning stock. So barren professors, as were the Jews, are not only useless and unprofitable themselves, being fruitless, but make churches barren, and stand in the way of others, who are stumbled by them; they are grieving to God, to Christ, and to the blessed Spirit, and are troublesome and burdensome to churches, ministers, and true believers: and the cutting them down may regard the judgment of God upon the nation of the Jews, which Christ would not have his apostles and ministers interpose for the averting of; or the excommunication of such worthless and hurtful professors out of the churches by them. Cumbereth expresses the meaning in a very general and comprehensive way. 10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 24 Alfred Plummer, The Gospel According to S. Luke, The International Critical Commentary Series, (Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1969), p. 398. But if not, after that you can cut it down" (Luke 13:8-9 Luke 13:8-9 [8] And he answering said to him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: [9] And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that you shall cut it down. The vinedresser (τον αμπελουργον — ton ampelourgon). They could not comprehend that they were sinners in need of salvation, nor could they recognise the barrenness of their soul or the importance of repenting of their sin, both individually and nationally. in Luke 15:29.— , I do not find it. I come—This is a verb of continuity. 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