So Song of Song of Solomon 3:1-4; Luke 15:8; 2 Timothy 1:17. The ground of the plea is in Himself. For all such respite as interposes, in any case, between evil desert and its immediate punishment, men are indebted to the intercession of Christ. (Thomas Herren, D. D.)The use of prolonged disciplineW. Net good fruits have their reward; though not by the merit of the doer, yet by the mercy of the accepter. And so it is well for the vineyard. A more special interpretation is not necessary. Isaiah 43:16-21 Philippians 3:4b-14 John 12:1-8 Psalm 126. Arnot.I think something may be gained here by descending into the particulars. How does that take place? None shall be harboured under their shade unless it be a stinging nettle, or some sullen weed, or some venomous and poisonous creature. The sap flowing from the root through the stem, runs into the branches, and there diffusing itself to every tendril, makes a deposit, and so forms fruit. His jealousy will not endure that sin should ever go unpunished (Psalm 50:21; Malachi 3:15). I Corinthians 3:1-4, 13:8-13; Philippians 2:5; Hebrews 6:1-6 _____ Proof of Salvation Pt II. THE FIG-TREE, FAVOURED THOUGH FRUITLESS, AND SPARED, IS YET TO BE JUDGED. A fulness of fruit. "Oh," said she, "I will go to no such house as this again; for, while master and mistress pretend to be very pious when they are out, they are devils at home. The feeling is natural. President Garfield, when a boy, was wonderfully saved from drowning. " Adams.None? Rogers. The mischiefs which attend the unfruitful and are wrought by them. how often are they split with the weight and greatness of their own boughs? A vineyard is very subject to be annoyed and wasted by the beasts of the wood and foxes of the field, which love to burrow under it, and delight to be cropping and pilling of her plants, and eating of her grapes, as Solomon intimates (Song of Solomon 2:15). Because ministers are middle persons, as it were betwixt God and the people: they mediate and deal betwixt both; as it is declared expressly of Moses (Exodus 19:1). And as a vineyard is more fruitful than any other plantation, so it yieldeth the best fruit of any other. Lord Clive and Wallenstein, in boyhood, made some wonderful escapes, and burst forth into an exclamation that surely they were reserved for something great. This is the solemn voice, not of righteousness, but of the intercession itself.1. Unprofitableness under the means of grace is exceedingly provoking to the Most High. Trees are not without their diseases, as Pliny showeth, nor is man without his. But the complaint is not here of the imperfection or paucity of fruits, but of the nullity: "none." But who is intended by the fig-tree? )Mercy in sympathy with righteousnessA. Even a troubled spring doth often quench a distressed soldier's thirst; a small candle doth good where the greater lights be absent; and the meanest fruit of holy charity, even a cup, though it be not of the juice of the grapes out of the vineyard, but of cold water out of the tankard, in the name of Christ, shall have its recompense (Matthew 10:42). But when men become incurable, His wisdom will not suffer Him to bear any longer (Isaiah 1:5). )Judgment threatening, but mercy sparingC. Spurgeon. )Acceptable fruitN. Such a state of impenitence is fearful to contemplate. (3) Moreover, and to make bad worse even to the worst degree, all this while ungodly men are spreading an evil influence.II. That was the question which settled the value of the plot. THE COMPLAINT OF THE PROPRIETOR.1. Seasonable. It is His vineyard. But, mark you, it is only a year that the Intercessor asks for this tree, one year, a limited season. It is, then, possible to weary out the patience of God Himself. (e) They are burdensome to the Lord of the soil, and owner of the vineyard, who complains of such barren plants (Isaiah 1:14, 24; Isaiah 7:13; Isaiah 43:24; Amos 2:13). The lord of the vineyard looks for fruit in his season (Mark 12:2; Luke 20:10). THE INTERCESSION OF JESUS — ITS MERCIFUL NATURE.1. He woke up a different man. (2) God expects fruit from each. THIS SENTENCE, PRONOUNCED ON THE BARREN FIG-TREE, IS NOT AT ONCE CARRIED INTO EXECUTION. (d) They are cumbersome, in harbouring under their branches things hurtful to ether plants. The earth is fruitful; the sea, the air, the heavens are fruitful; and shall not man bring forth fruits, for whom all these are fruitful? The stroke will fall still heavier in the day of judgment, when the barren tree shall not only be cut down, but cast into the fire.III. God requires, and has a right to expect, that those who are so highly favoured should bring forth fruits of a corresponding kind. Is forbearance forgiveness? Blessed be God, for us mercy hath rejoiced against judgment. GOD EXPECTS FRUIT FROM US. These bring forth the fruits of the flesh in abundance, that are deadly like the wild gourds of the wild vine. They must be bearing it always; not only semper, as a tree that fails not of fruit once a year, but ad semper, as if a tree should bear fruit all the year long.Use 1. and the fig-tree mentioned thereon growing? Let Rehoboam be rooted among the kings in the land of Judah, and the shields he finds of gold he will leave of brass. "But if not, thou shalt cut it down." The longer they stand in the vineyard, and continue under the means of grace, the more fruit they should bear. (Thomas Herren, D. D.)The use of prolonged disciplineW. This word, "well," it is not expressed in the original text, but it is necessarily supplied here in our English translation, to make the sense complete. Or as the ocean-sea is but one in itself, yet running by divers countries and coasts, hath the name according to the coast it runs by; as the English Sea, the Irish Sea, the German Sea, &c., yet all but one sea. )Man's ingratitudeN. "Well" will it be to go on bearing more fruit for ever and ever. 2 thoughts on “ “Of Fig Trees and Second Chances” A Sermon on Luke 13:6-9 ” Jim McGill says: March 14, 2016 at 9:31 am Dear Rick, I read your piece on the Daily Devotional for today. Let him be as strong as the oak, as tall as the cedar, as straight as the pine-tree, as green and flourishing as the laurel or bay-tree; when age seizeth on him, his strength is weakened, his tallness abated, his straightness crooked, his greenness withered.3. It must be good fruit. Jupiter makes choice of the oak for its strength, Apollo of the bay-tree for its greenness, Neptune of the poplar for its length, Juno of the eglantine for its sweetness, Venus of the myrtle tree for its beauty. We are directed —, II. The covetous worldling prefers the ash to all other trees; he loves to bear the keys, and delights in being the jailer of his wealth. God hath set in hope, planted in hope, watered in hope, of some answerable return, and shall it be denied? A. Unless You Repent You Will All Likewise Perish. Faithfulness and sincerity — "He that hath My word, let him speak My word faithfully," saith God (Jeremiah 23:28).3. Thus God comes and seeks for fruit, not once, not twice, and then gives over, but He comes often. For CONTINUANCE. The fig-tree is a succulent plant, full of leaves and luxuriant branches; so did that nation come out, and spend its sap in outward observations and ceremonies, contenting itself with the fair leaves of out. Blencowe, M. A.I. But here the complaint is not of the meanness or fewness, but of the barrenness — none at all.(T. It is thus with many an unprofitable and barren Christian, he is a soaker, and that in respect both of things that concern this life and a better; and so cumbersome. To show that He does not take pleasure or delight in the death of sinners, as He hath sometimes told us. Then follows death-like insensibility — a fearful apathy to all spiritual things, or, it may be, a daily growth in all iniquity, till at length the sinner's cup is full.(E. Now fruits, or never. The fig-tree was injurious, as well as unprofitable; for it encumbered the ground, and occupied a place which might be filled to more advantage.(B. or canst thou imagine that God hath took all this pains with thee, and bestowed all this cost upon thee, that thou shouldest bear green boughs or gay blossoms only? So God's dealings with men are means to move the heart. Many have had the same feeling.IV. Great as is the danger of unfruitfulness, nothing but heavenly culture, nothing but Divine influence can produce in us the fruits of righteousness.4. Even a troubled spring doth often quench a distressed soldier's thirst; a small candle doth good where the greater lights be absent; and the meanest fruit of holy charity, even a cup, though it be not of the juice of the grapes out of the vineyard, but of cold water out of the tankard, in the name of Christ, shall have its recompense (Matthew 10:42). Jay. Rehoboam too much affected these ivy codds (1 Kings 12:8). Let there be a "fruit" in the Church — truer worship, more frequent use of ordinances, more sympathy and love shown to all the brethren. More particularly, in reference to the synagogue of the Jews, and that state, the fig-tree, above other trees, did best set forth their condition. Wells, M. A.I. "Well" will it be to live well, to die well, to meet God well. On our view of the drift of the parable it is not difficult to answer the question. Lastly, and more especially; well, for the fig-tree itself. Cut it down by all manner of means. and the fig-tree mentioned thereon growing? "Has your master been unkind? Their fruit must not only be much of some sort, but of every sort. "Well," that is, well for thee. There is no advantage to the owner from that part of the ground which they occupy.3. It bears much fruit, and fruit of the best kind. How many such are in God's vineyard, whose mind is vain.3. Just so, the Holy Ghost, flowing from the eternal love of the Father, through the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, makes His way to every grafted member in the mystical body, and goes out into every, the weakest, the minutest, part of man — each feeling, each thought, each word, each motion, making holiness. "(1) Barren souls are spared through Christ's prayer and intercession. The new life is not lived. Now seeking implies divers things: First, an earnest desire to find the thing sought for, as Luke 15:4; Matthew 13:45. Even among the twelve there was a traitor; and Christ has forewarned us that there will always be hypocrites mingled with His people. We would gladly close our eyes and not witness the scene, but the authority of the text bids us still look on. We would gladly close our eyes and not witness the scene, but the authority of the text bids us still look on. A picture of gracious provisions enjoyed.3. At last the father said to him, "Those things which so much resemble men and women are only wax figures. How many such are in God's vineyard, whose mind is vain.3. Trees and fruit-bearing plants, have a natural measurement for their lives: evidently a year came to its close when it was time to seek fruit on the fig-tree, and another year commenced when the vine-dresser began again his digging and pruning work. Sickness shall invade his frame. And such is the fruit of every good Christian, acceptable and pleasing both to God and man. The best rooms at feasts, the chief seats in synagogues, proud Pharisees will take up; nor is there any place for better guests till they be removed lower, and commanded to give place, and so room made, by their removal, for others that are invited. The stoutest hearts have been broken, and the most guilty consciences have been washed.2. Many poets speak of trees as having life, as thinking, feeling companions, for whom they cherish an almost human attachment. So it is with you. They only are good and fruitful ground, who persevere and hold out in bearing fruit.3. The sharpness of the stroke.4. "Well" will it be to live well, to die well, to meet God well. Adams.How many who are called Christians live lives so utterly fruitless that they might have such obituaries written of them as this: "While professing to be followers of Him ' who went about doing good,' they were never known to go out of their way to speak kindly to the poor and the friendless, or to invite any stranger to church. V. THE REQUEST THE VINE-DRESSER PRESENTS. The privileges of the Jews were small in comparison with those which we enjoy. (f) The dressers of the vineyard are burdened and cumbered by them. He knows that though God is long-suffering, yet His patience, as exhibited in the history of His dealings with men, is exhaustible; and that in Israel's case it is now all but worn out. It must not be like the apple of Sodom, which has nothing to commend it, but only a fair outside. or canst thou imagine that God hath took all this pains with thee, and bestowed all this cost upon thee, that thou shouldest bear green boughs or gay blossoms only? )Judgment threatening, but mercy sparingC. A sufficient reason is assigned for the order given. The ancient Greeks used to quote the proverb that "The feet of the avenging deities are shod with wool," intimating thereby the noiseless and unexpected manner in which they approach their victims. This parable calls on you to examine yourselves, whether you be barren or fruitful; and to follow out the result aright, whatever it may be.3. There will be no more notice, it will come quietly, solemnly, instantaneously, abrupt, irrevocable, "Cut it down." The answer is, Jesus Christ has pleaded for you, the crucified Saviour has interfered for you. If a man take more pains, and be at more charge in opening the roots of a tree, and dunging it, and pruning it, in fencing and watering it, and it bring forth less or no more fruit than another that has no such care and pains taken with it, it will scarce pass for a good, a fruitful tree. So the Lord expects from us.4. "If it bear fruit, well." It is that He may show yet richer goodness; that He may try more abundant means. I have known a wood spoiled, because the proprietress would not permit the cutting down of trees which she regarded as the friends of her girlhood. If happiness consisted in doing nothing, God, that meant Adam so happy, would never have set him about business; but as paradise was his storehouse, so also his workhouse: his pleasure was his task. Shall mercy be preached to you for ever in vain? Sure I am, there is no tree subject to so many diseases as the body of man is.6. "Cut it down," being fruitless; burn it, being useless. Amongst all trees there is none whose leaf doth so much resemble the hand of a man as doth the fig-tree's. He hath made us His own workmanship, by the effectual calling of grace, and "created us to good works to walk in them." A fair skin is not enough to commend fruit for good, if it be rotten within. (c) They are troublesome and cumbersome to other plants by their unprofitable shade, over-topping and over-dripping them, and keeping the influence of heaven from them, so that they cannot enjoy the warm beams of the sun, which brings healing with it under its wings. They had the prophets; we have the Son of God. When a child is in any danger, who should sooner speak for it than the father? 1. Is not this the true way of estimating the importance of a Christian Church? While all the armies of heaven and earth are busied in fructifying, shall man, of more singular graces and faculties, be idle, a burden to the world and himself? )The barren fig-treeW. "This year also" IMPLIES A LIMIT. And why is He so desirous of sparing the sinner a little longer in this world? He hath made us His own workmanship, by the effectual calling of grace, and "created us to good works to walk in them." (3) Because He knows that if He interceded not, no sinner could live a moment longer.(B. Sibbes. Let Balaam be numbered among the prophets, and Judas among the apostles; and the vineyard of the Lord shall find cause enough to say of such a fig-tree, that it cumbers the ground. Well for the tree itself, as it will escape the punishment of barrenness, and obtain the blessing of fruitfulness.4. In this work mercy and judgment meet; and saved sinners, on earth and in heaven, put both together in their song of praise (Psalm 101:1).(W. What is it which is to a man what the figs are to the fig-tree? Let me show you this. "The Lord's portion is His people, Jacob is the lot of His inheritance," saith Moses (Deuteronomy 32:9); they are His peculiar ones (Exodus 19:5, 6); His glory (Isaiah 46:13); His ornament (Ezekiel 7:20); His throne (Jeremiah 4:21); His diadem (Isaiah 62:3); His Hephzibah (Isaiah 62:4); His only delight is in her.1. God possesses justice as well as mercy; and though He bears long, He will not bear always. many continue dead under quickening means, destitute of the Spirit and of faith. Let us never forget that responsibility is proportional to privilege.II. Zealous they seem outwardly, when they are cold at heart or else lukewarm. Albeit, He bears and spares and shows mercy to sinners, it is ever moderated with wisdom. An emphasis of prediction "Thou shalt cut it down," that is, thou wilt cut it down: there is nobody that can hinder thee. Talmage. (e) They are burdensome to the Lord of the soil, and owner of the vineyard, who complains of such barren plants (Isaiah 1:14, 24; Isaiah 7:13; Isaiah 43:24; Amos 2:13). Masters, you may do much good. The supposition is directed against the pride and self-importance of an elect race, prone to think that Israel and God's kingdom were synonymous, or as intimately and essentially related to each other as are vineyard and vine. Vaughan, M. A.Now supposing the predestined interval pass away, and you are not a fruit-bearer? Those whose lot it is to live within the pale of the visible Church, are a highly favoured people. "Ye are a chosen generation" saith Peter (1 Peter 2:2). (d) They are cumbersome, in harbouring under their branches things hurtful to ether plants. He woke up a different man. Take care not to regard God's forbearance, which is meant to give space for repentance, as an actual manifestation of indifference, or approval. )Unfruitful professors cut down as cumberers of the groundT. Now the decay of body should argue a decay of sin. It hath fruit one under another, insomuch that one fig thrusts off another, through its abundance. He shall hear of "distress of nations with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken." But why does our Lord compare professors of religion to fig-trees? The young gallant is for the double-coloured poplar, all for form and compliment. An increase. Rogers. "Well." )The fruitless fig-treeJ. This very expression in the text carries an argument with it, wherein they are called dressers of the vineyard, who are much concerned in the safety of those trees that belong unto it, as a piece of their own handy-work. The ancient Greeks used to quote the proverb that "The feet of the avenging deities are shod with wool," intimating thereby the noiseless and unexpected manner in which they approach their victims. If it bear fruit — well. His disappointment.3. Fruit-bearing trees spend not all their sap and moisture upon themselves, or the increase of their own magnitudes; but the principal and purer part of it is concocted into some pleasant fruits, whereof neither they nor their young springs ever come to taste; but they proffer it us, and when it is ripe, they voluntarily let it fall at their masters' feet. The Church is the peculiar inheritance of the Lord, He doth more respect it than He doth all the world besides. None shall be harboured under their shade unless it be a stinging nettle, or some sullen weed, or some venomous and poisonous creature. The harlot exceeds the chaste matron in gaudy attire, as the Church of Rome doth ours.6. The lad's attention was arrested by a pleasant-looking man, in gaudy dress, and he inquired of his father who it could be. Sins are not put away. (1) It is good for nothing. Fourthly, "It shall be unto us according to our fruit" (Jeremiah 17:10).. We read that Xerxes adorned the plane-tree, and hung it with many rich and precious jewels, because He delighted in the shade thereof; much more will God adorn fruitful trees, for that He delights in the fruit thereof. God possesses justice as well as mercy; and though He bears long, He will not bear always. The furnace of affliction has melted many. The subtle winds come puffing out of their caverns, to make artificial motions, wholesome airs, and navigable seas; yet, neither earth, air, nor sea return them recompense: this is their fruits. Lord Clive and Wallenstein, in boyhood, made some wonderful escapes, and burst forth into an exclamation that surely they were reserved for something great. In his absence, the moon and stars adorn the canopy of heaven, reflecting their operative influence to quicken the lower world: this is their fruits. That is barren ground, which brings forth less, after all care and culture, than that which has less tillage.3. Pride is another sinful ingredient that goes to the composition of it. It is thou who wast brought up in a godly family, and favoured with the prayers, the instructions, the examples, the tears, of pious parents. So much as will answer the care and pains is taken with them. Both the Church of God for the propagation of piety, and the world itself for the upholding of His state, require our fruits. R. Burton.Just as when any article, as a pen, a watch, an engine, or anything else which will not work, or answer the end for which it was made, is thrown aside as useless; or as a fruit-tree which will not bear fruit is cut down as a cumberer of the ground, so those who do not answer this end of their existence — glorifying God — may be set aside or otherwise punished.(H. But if in God's house they live ungodly lives, it had been better for them they never had known it. V. But mark THE DISPLEASURE EXPRESSED AT LAST AGAINST THIS UNFRUITFUL TREE. The gospel grace proves in many instances to have been all in vain. The manure contains the food which the plant must receive, and assimilate, and convert into fruit; but if the hardened earth were not made loose by digging, the needed aliment would never reach its destination. It must not be like the apple of Sodom, which has nothing to commend it, but only a fair outside. It hath fruit one under another, insomuch that one fig thrusts off another, through its abundance. A. And by His own patience and forbearance of such persons, God will leave them His ministers to a spirit of patience and forbearance in themselves, in conformity to God's own example. But if in God's house they live ungodly lives, it had been better for them they never had known it. That is the proper place for fruit-trees; another place than the vineyard would serve them, if they were not set there for fruit. If those that enjoy the means of fruitfulness ought to bring forth, then are you highly concerned to take notice of it as your duty, to be fruitful, and to comply with the Lord herein.(D. Mephibosheth was a tree lame and crooked from his childhood, by a fall that he got out of his nurse's arms. But the complaint is not here of the imperfection or paucity of fruits, but of the nullity: "none." )Acceptable fruitN. Is not this the true way of estimating the importance of a Christian Church? God possesses justice as well as mercy; and though He bears long, He will not bear always. There must have been many vines and many fig-trees in the vineyard; but the story is told as if the whole vineyard were for that one tree alone; and as if the great Proprietor concerned Himself only with it. Boston, D. D.I. Whatsoever is not for fruit is for the fire (Matthew 3:10).(R. I tell you that true righteousness creates heaven in men's houses; and where the fear of God is there is righteousness in every department, and it is the glory of the family circle. Robins, M. It bears much fruit, and fruit of the best kind. He looks for fruit, and good fruit too, from every fig-tree, and at your hands He will require it. 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