To get what Luke 13:9 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Luke 12:32-40 EXEGESIS: LUKE 12:32-48. 7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find … If not, then cut it down.’” The vine-dresser does not say, “I will cut,” but refers that to the master. The above interpretation is partially given by Stier, who has however in my view (in his 2nd edn. In the original there is something of an abrupt wayof speaking in this passage, of which the reader will find many examples in Raphelius Annot. 20:20 ) about cutting down trees, and which the Jews explain "O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved: how long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?" But the other restrains him, crying, 'Nay, do it not, thou wilt certainly have fruit from it this year, only have patience with it, and be not overhasty in cutting it down; if it still refuses to bear fruit, then cut it down.' 2. . Jesus teaches that all of God’s law is summarized in the commandments to love God and neighbor (Luke 10:27; Matt. It is a way of speaking, when a sentence is left imperfect; yet what is not expressed, may be easily understood; as here we may understand, well and good, or the like. And surely it is a loud call to immediate repentance when one has any good reason to think that he is on his last trial! Luke 13:1-9 gives the parable of the barren fig tree. intercession used: any trees might not be cut down, only barren Matt 13:19 When anyone hears the message (word) about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. As if they were a burden to the earth that bears them, to the place they fill, deforming the beauty and hindering the fruitfulness of God's vineyard. “ And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. The first thing which strikes us, perhaps, in this transaction is its individuality. God may surround and ply him with means; but he leaves it at the last to the man himself to decide, by his own free will, between these two, If God has indeed predetermined the matter, if the barrenness of the tree is the secured consequent of his own previous decree, then the events of the entire. All judgment is committed to THE SON:—it is not the work of the Holy Spirit to cut down and destroy, for He is the Giver of life. It is the κύριος τ. ἀμπελῶνος who ὅταν ἔλθῃ, κακοὺς κακῶς ἀπολέσει αὐτούς. Much such a parable as this is formed by the Jews, upon Moses's intercession for the people of IsraelF14Shemot Rabba, sect. He asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 28 There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. He sympathises with the master’s desire for fruit. following", as the Persic version renders it: thou shall cut it down; V. His answer to the question concerning the number of the saved, Luke 13:23-30. of And even when the fruitless are borne with, it is because of the good offices of an Intercessor, and solely with a view to fresh culture. Of course when the barren tree is removed another will be planted in its place. As in the natural culture, this would be sufficient to determine whether any fruit was to be gotten out of the tree at all, so in the spiritual husbandry, the thing intended is just one sufficient trial more. The nation and the man may, like Jerusalem after the crucifixion, survive a few abandoned years after the sentence has gone forth. The vineyard then represents the Gospel dispensation, and the owner is Christ, who during His three years ministry has been seeking fruit. εἰς τὸ μέλλον, not ἔτος (Meyer), but indefinite (see reff. (1) The small incidents recorded at the beginning of this chapter bear irresistible marks of historical truth in the Evangelical Records. (7) Genuine repentance, however late, avails to save: "If it bear fruit (well);" and only if not, was it to be cut down. Turn ye, turn ye, why will ye die, O house of Israel?". Were there no one in the kingdom of God answering to this dresser of the vineyard, who pleads, and as is here supposed successfully, for a respite to the tree, we might take this feature of the parable as but a part of its drapery, not to be pressed into the exposition of it. If God has indeed predetermined the matter, if the barrenness of the tree is the secured consequent of his own previous decree, then the events of the entire parable become a farce, and the lesson becomes an enigma. It is not fruit-growing in thought, word, or deed, for itself or for you; it is something for God, something thought, said, done, for the sake of God. (3) To be within the pale of Revealed Religion and the Church of the living God is a high privilege, and involves a solemn responsibility. The Holy Spirit is Doth Laborer and Intercessor as respects the individual heart. He comes, saying, 'Any fruit?' It comes to the same.— ἐκκόψεις, thou shalt cut it off [down]) The Vine-dresser does not say, I will cut it off (down); comp. "It is time to Seek the Lord, until He come and rain righteousness upon you," (Proverbs 1:22; Jeremiah 4:14; Jeremiah 13:27; Hosea 10:12). A repetition of the parables of the grain of mustard-seed and the leaven, Luke 13:18-22. Personally, distinctly, separately, God deals with you; He visits you; He examines you; He expects from you; He is grieved or He is pleased with you. It is now, therefore, or during our present state, that God is coming seeking fruit from us. And if it bear fruit, [well] - all then will yet be right; And if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down - I will then no longer interpose: all is over. Luke 13:9. : if it bear the coming year —well (understood).—, if not, thou shalt cut it down —thou, not I. Text: Luke 13:1-9 In August of 1965 a folk singer named Barry McGuire released a single titled “Eve of Destruction”.
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