The -- Ed. But to proceed according to my former method, by way of exposition. The ladies' head-dresses, called 'frizzled fore-tops,' became so extravagant, that a barber used high steps to enable him to dress a lady's head! Especially significant is the link between the failure to produce good fruit and divine judgment. And so it is here in the text. I will add yet one more. Barren fig-tree, beware of the fire! And that brings us to the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree. Observe then, that it is no new thing, if you find in God's church barren fig-trees, fruitless professors; even as here you see is a tree, a fruitless tree, a fruitless fig-tree in the vineyard. 1. As low as $30/day. O the desperate wickedness that is in thy heart! He Trench, These words therefore suggest unto us a prodigious kind of boldness and hardened fearlessness. 'AND FOUND NONE.' But all these will fail you; for what think you? is a very significant event. Shall he not therefore seek for fruit, for fruit answerable to the means? it the ground? At this the poor creature is very thankful, praises God, and fawns upon him, shows as if he did it heartily, and calls to others to thank him too. -- See Grace Abounding, No.139-160. simply a round number,"   With the same idea And, again, sometimes by 'Cut it down' God means, cast it out of the world. parable of the barren fig tree is only found in the Luke's gospel. (© Jeffrey S. Bowman, all rights reserved, use by That fruit smitten in the growth, that withereth, and that comes not to maturity, is no fruit.2. But who are they that must thus be feared? 'Wherefore,' saith he, 'I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart, and they have not known my ways; so I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.' is universally understood to be the fig tree. Fruit is not so easily brought forth as a profession is got into; it is easy for a man to clothe himself with a fair show in the flesh, to word it, and say, Be thou warmed and filled with the best. The dresser of the fig tree … see Saul saved (Acts 9) and given the ministry to the Gentiles (Acts 13). Notice come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth The owner of the fig tree is God the Father who orders the tree to be cut down. These men may go whither they will, do what they will; they may range from opinion to opinion, from notion to notion, from sect to sect, but are steadfast nowhere; they are left to their own uncertainties, they have not grace to establish their hearts; and though some of them have boasted themselves of this liberty, yet Jude calls them 'wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever' (Jude 13). mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you The Barren Fig-Tree. Wherefore, in these judgments the Lord doth much concern himself for the management thereof, because of the provocation wherewith they have provoked him. and is all that thou hast to be ventured for his name in this world? further data to process. Ishmael was, after this, father of twelve princes (Gen 25:16). Wherefore, assure thyself, O fruitless one, that thy ways must needs be open before the eyes of the Lord. The Take him, death! I will not here make inspection into their lives, their carriages at home, in their corners and secret holes; but certainly, persons thus spirited, thus principled, and thus inclined, have but empty boughs, boughs that want the fruit that God expects, and that God will come down to seek. These climbed up some other way. Israel to prepare for this "priestly ministry. specially planted by God to bear fruit by being a Kingdom of Priests in Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, p. Wm. The faith of the Romans was 'spoken of throughout the whole world' (Rom 1:8). commentators look back over the history of Israel and see the destruction of SERMON OUTLINE. dying. [8] type of this fruit is given further meaning by the so-called "Great The things that are a cause of want of fruit are, First. Now the birthright, in those days, had the promise and blessing annexed to it. The Barren Fig Tree. O my brethren, 'what manner of persons ought we to be,' who have subscribed to the Lord, and have called ourselves by the name of Israel? Barren fig-tree, thou hast had time, seasons, sermons, ministers, afflictions, judgments, mercies, and what not; and yet hast not been fruitful. Nor is it impossible Now, to prevent their old and foolish salvo, which they always had in readiness against such prophecies and denunciations of judgment, the Lord Jesus presents them with this parable, in which he emphatically shows them that their cry of being the temple of the Lord, and of their being the children of Abraham, &c., and their being the church of God, would not stand them in any stead. there is one part of the parable that is critical to any interpretation, it is It’s just taking up space in the garden.’ 8 “The gardener answered, … What now must be done with this fig-tree? While there is a disposition to seek grace all are invited to come; but when salvation by Christ is abandoned, there is no other refuge, although sought with tears. God cries out that this patience is abused, that his forbearance is abused. Thou hast had awakenings, reproofs, threatenings, comforts, and yet hast not been fruitful. (Rom 1:30-31). I will cry unto him, Professor, barren fig-tree, be fruitful! Early in the morning Jesus and the band of apostles set out to go from Bethany to Jerusalem. [5] 2. For what presumption higher, and what attempt more desperate, than for a man that wanteth grace, and the true knowledge of God, to crowd himself, in that condition, into the house or church of God; or to make profession of, and desire that the name of God should be called upon him? Yea, let me add, if thou shalt neither bear fruit nor depart, God will take his name out of thy mouth (Jer 44:26). 'Behold thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth, and from thy face shall I be hid' (Gen 4:9-14). Their fruits look as if they had. It is dead, it is dead at root; if I had let it stand it would but have cumbered the ground. 'How seemingly self-denying are some of these creeping things.' (2 Cor 7:10,11). Yea, terrors will take hold on him, when he shall see the yawning jaws of death to gape upon him, and the doors of the shadow of death open to give him passage out of the world. Well, upon a day, when he came from hunting, and was faint, he sold his birthright to Jacob, his brother. the last months of the life of Christ. 165.) Judaism, and the High Priest (Acts 6:12-7:1). Here is time prefixed, as a space to try if more means will cure a barren fig-tree. Chr., The New Testament  (London:  Rivingtons, but with the ministry of John the Baptist. 82; 7:6; 76:9; Lam. Bring A church, then, and a profession, are not places where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves and sins from God. Sermon Messages Jesus' 'First' Triumphal Entry. 'A CERTAIN MAN HAD A FIG-TREE PLANTED IN HIS VINEYARD; AND HE … commentators state their Indefinite view with words like; "Three is There are two manner of cuttings down; First. Look to it, barren professor! Address. [7] Sermon passage is on Luke 13:6-9 (NLT): Parable of the Barren Fig Tree. commentators look back over the history of Israel and see the destruction of at the right hand of the Father at the martyrdom of Stephen. In Luke 8:5-8, Jesus told the parable of the sower. -- Fearful Estate of Francis Spira. in the book of Acts. The Barren Fig Tree - Puritan Edward Griffin Sermon Luke 13:6 He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. the last months of the life of Christ. happening to national Israel in early to mid-Acts. It is the greatest kind of hardness; and hence they are said to be harder than a rock, or than an adamant, that is, harder than flint; so hard, that nothing can enter (Jer 5:3; Zech 7:12). 'And he came and sought fruit thereon' (Luke 13:6, 8:8). tetrarch of Abilene. Baker Book House, 1978) Gospel of Luke p. 696. Yet a while he will strive with him, he will awaken, he will convince, he will call to remembrance former sins, former judgments, the breach of former vows and promises, the misspending of former days; he will also present persuasive arguments, encouraging promises, dreadful judgments, the shortness of time to repent in; and that there is hope if he come. What resemblance hath his crying, and groaning, and bleeding, and dying, wrought in thee? But It’s not a long trip, but if you consider the fact that they’re walking it would be a trip of some distance and some time. addresses the Sanhedrin, the highest judicial and ecclesiastical body of Moses and Samuel could do almost anything with God in prayer. 'Friend, how camest thou in hither?' place" (Acts 6:13). Modified Definite view, primarily put forth by Zahn and Van Oosterzee, Just a brief aside here. God's trees are trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified; fruit that tasteth of heaven, abundance of such fruit. Thus say the common people that know him, A saint abroad and a devil at home.' Besides, the giving up of the fig-tree is before the execution. Heinrich August, Critical and Exegetical Handbook to the Gospels of Mark who did respond, and the twelve Apostles were told: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be As the earth, by binding the roots too closely, may hinder the tree's being fruitful, so the want of better means may be also a cause thereof. 'A certain man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard, and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.' Wherefore these are the true fugitives and vagabonds, that being left of God, of Christ, of grace, and of the promise, and being beyond all hope, wander and straggle to and fro, even as the devil, their associate, until their time shall come to die, or until they descend in battle and perish! 'After that thou shalt cut it down.' Luke 13:6-9 He spoke also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.… I. Well, sinner, well, barren fig-tree, this is but a coarse beginning: God comes for fruit. It shall wither in the furrows where it grew' (Eze 17:10). Richard C., Notes on the Parables (Old Tappan: This is subject to further investigation. Jesus is the Dresser of the fig tree, and national Israel is the tree. Parables (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1990), Brown, The textual and historical context place it in a time of great conflict in the nation of Israel. Dost thou bring forth fruit unto God? It is expected of all hands, that all the trees in the garden of God should be fruitful: God expects fruit, the church expects fruit, the world, even the world, concludes that professors should be fruitful in good works; I say, the world expecteth that professors should be better than themselves. Suppose such a slip as I told you of before should be in your garden, and there die, would you let it abide in your garden? be chronological also; whereas not one, but forty years of grace were allowed accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none... (Luke 13:7a). Twice Nothing will do but fruit; he looked for grapes. argues similarly. There is also untimely fruit: 'Even as a fig-tree casteth her untimely figs' (Rev 6, 13). Crept in! Now, forasmuch as he also pointeth out the fig-tree, THIS fig-tree, it showeth that the barren professor, above all professors, is a continual odium in the eyes of God. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also; go forth, and do so' (1 Kings 21:25, 22:20-22). The dresser's desire to try to make the fig-tree fruitful, is to show you how unwilling he is that even a barren fig-tree should yet be barren, and perish.10. There is one hath taken up a profession of that worthy name, the Lord Jesus Christ; but this profession is but a cloak; he secretly practiseth wickedness. 'Behold, THESE THREE YEARS I come seeking fruit.'. Jesus tells a story about a man who had a fig tree in his vineyard. inconsistency (three literal, one indefinite) of the Definite view. The fulfilling of which prophecy, for their hardness of heart, and impenitency, was in the days of Titus, son of Vespasian, about forty years after the death of Christ. And he came and sought FRUIT thereon, and found none. further data to process. 3. [3] Well, now the axe begins to be heaved higher, for now indeed God is ready to smite the sinner; yet before he will strike the stroke, he will try one way more at the last, and if that misseth, down goes the fig-tree! Barren fig-tree, either bear fruit, or go out of the vineyard; and yet then thy case will be unspeakably damnable. For, 1. therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and "cumbering" or exhausting the nutrients of the ground. 'Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it and dung it.'. The dresser of the fig tree is Jesus who asks for one more year for the You know thus it is with yourselves. Hosier is best known for his powerful sermon, “The Barren Fig Tree,” taken from Luke 13: 6 – 9. By these words the Lord suggesteth reasons of his displeasure against the barren fig-tree; it cumbereth the ground. special cultivation to take place with the hope that Israel would respond. There. Every plant, or all those plants or professors, that are got into the assembly of the saints, or into the profession of their religion, without God and his grace, 'shall be rooted up.'. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets' (1 Sam 28:4-6). A.C., Biblical Commentary on the New Testament (New York:  'Let me alone,' said God to him, 'that I may consume them' in a moment, 'and I will make of thee a great nation' (Exo 32:10). Now, then, to show you, by some signs, how you may know that the day of grace is ended, or near to ending, with the barren professor; and after that thou shalt cut it down. His miracles are miracles of … These men only have their backs bowed down alway (Rom 11:10). Farewell. And this is more than intimated by the dresser of the vineyard; 'Till I shall dig about it and dung it.' Summers, Ray, Commentary on Luke (Waco:  Cut it down, why does it use up the ground?" Yet these three, after their day of grace was over, lived better lives, as to outward things, than ever they did before. fact that it is planted in the vineyard is not strange, often the people of Hast thou that 'godly sorrow' that 'worketh repentance to salvation, not to be repented of?' Barren fig-tree, hast thou subscribed, hast thou called thyself by the name of Jacob, and surnamed thyself by the name of Israel? York: Sheldon, Blakeman & Co., 1858), Vol. But to particularize in a few things briefly: --, First. bringing of people, in particular the nations, to the Lord. is difficult, chronologically speaking, to pin down dates for the events found Where is thy self-abhorrence, thy blushing before God, for the sin that is yet behind? 169, 172, 173. Sixth. Fruit is not so easily brought forth as a profession is got into; it is easy for a man to clothe himself with a fair show in the flesh, to word it, and say, Be thou warmed and filled with the best. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Yet at the same time, none of us knows how much time we have left—so we'd better get moving! Therefore he comes again next year, to see if now it have fruit; but as he found it before, so he finds it now, barren, barren, every year barren; he looks again, but finds no fruit. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them' (Isa 66:3,4). There A He shall separate him unto evil; he shall give him up, he shall leave him to his heart; he shall separate him to that or those that will assuredly be too hard for him. This word 'if' is the same with 'they shall not,' in the chapter before. 'To dig about it, and dung it. He therefore riseth, as one would think, to be a new creature indeed. These are beyond all hopes of repentance! 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