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About-Him Devotional 10-04-03
 
  The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
 
 101: Exhortation to Repentance and the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree - Lu. 13:1-9
 
Luke 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
 
As Jesus was teaching on the subject of readiness for the Master’s return, there were some present, who in a desire to show their own religious superiority, reminded Jesus of the recent massacre of some Galileans. Pilate had had them slain and their blood mingled with the temple sacrifice. The inference was that Galileans were naturally sinful and that their death was the judgment of God. Jesus refuted this idea and stated that unless they, the religious elite repented, they would perish also.
 
Eighteen men had died when a tower they were building for Pilate at the pool of Saloam fell on them. Once again Jesus said that, these men were not worst sinners than others. Jesus repeated again, "Except you repent, you will likewise perish."
 
The Parable of the Fig Tree
 
Luke 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
8 And he answering said unto 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 thou shalt cut it down.
 
In the Parable of the Fig Tree , Jesus is talking directly to national Israel and warning them that their doom is near. They can only avoid the coming destruction of Jerusalem, if they recognize Him as their Messiah and repent of their sins.
 
Jesus likened Israel to a fig tree that is the center piece of His garden. They had rejected Moses, and the prophets. Now they were rejecting the owner of the vineyard Himself. The gardener interceded for one last chance, just as Jesus intercedes for us. Unfortunately, it was all to no avail. Forty years later, the Roman armies slew thousands as they leveled and burned Jerusalem .
 
Conclusion and Application:
 
We need not look down on any race or class of people as inferior. We are all equal before God (Galatians 3:28).
 
When sickness and calamity strikes those around us, we are sometimes prone to wonder if it is the judgement of God, giving them their just due. We would do better, if we simply
examined our own heart and be sure that there is no sin there (Luke 6:41-42).
 
God was long-suffering with Israel, just as He shows patience with us. His patience is not inexhaustible. We had best not tread on His mercy (Romans 2:4).
 
Judgment came on the Jewish nation because they would not repent. Judgment is coming for
all the world that will not receive the gospel (Revelation 6:17).
 
Thank God for Jesus, the keeper of His vineyard. He intercedes for us
(Romans 8:27,34; Hebrews 7:25). Aren’t we thankful for that?
 
   Next Week:   The Parable of the Sower
 
Two New Sermons:
All He Wants is You The late Bis. Ralph Spooner
 
Humor
A friend of mine was taking the tour of a national park not long ago. The ranger mentioned to the tour group that dinosaur fossils had been found in the area.
 
My friend exclaimed, "Wow. I can't believe the dinosaurs would come this close to the highway!"
  Quote  
God never built a Christian strong enough to carry today's duties and tomorrow's anxieties piled on the top of them.  - Theodore L. Cuyler
 
  
Keep Looking Up!
 
Don & Marie Spooner
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