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The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 

Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 

And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 

And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. 

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

This week we start a new study focusing on some of Jesus’ great parables, it is titled The Parables of Jesus Continue to Speak.

Today we are talking about Parable of the Barren Fig Tree.


Luke 13:9 NKJV

9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ”

Scripture Reading

Luke 13:6-9 NKJV

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

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. 

7 Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ 

8 But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. 

9 And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’ ”


In Jesus name we pray.



There are so many lessons in this parable.

We must not dwell on what we can’t understand to the extent that we miss what is so obvious.

We need to approach this parable with an honest mind and a prayerful heart.

We will look at four lessons this parable teaches us.

  1. The necessity of repentance.

A. Luke introduces the parable in verses 1-5, and twice in those five verses, Jesus tells His listeners that they must repent or perish.

B. The parable supports the introduction that Luke gave in verses 6-9.

  1. Those who fail to bear fruit must repent.

2. The need for repentance applies to many areas of life.

Those who are lost in sin must repent in order to be saved.

Christians who are unfaithful must repent because they are unproductive.

The church, Christians collectively, must bear fruit.

If the church fails in this area, its members must repentant strive to produce fruit for God’s kingdom.

2. The special opportunity.

  1. We are judged according to our own opportunity.

No one is held responsible by God for someone else’s opportunities.

Those who are lost have an opportunity now.

If they don’t seize it, they may live to regret it.

A church may have an opportunity at a given time, but if the opportunity is not seized, it may never be offered again.

B. Opportunities may not always be available.

For one thing, death will destroy opportunity.

Once death overtakes those who are lost, they never have another opportunity to be saved.

This is equally true of a Christian and service.

3. Patience.

  1. The parable of the barren fig tree is a picture of the Lord at work.

He is portrayed as the mediator between God and humankind.

He makes intercession for us.

B. The parable is also a picture of God the Father waiting patiently.

He goes that bit further, He gives another chance, He waits and waits.

4. The necessity of action.

  1. The words “let it alone this year” imply limitation.

“This year,” to those who are lost, may be the worship service they are sitting in.

It may be a given invitation.

“This year,” to the fruit bearing or non fruit bearing Christian, may be a week, a year, or another given period of time.

B. The words, “then after that” imply that judgement and destruction come quickly.

The listeners are urged not to procrastinate or postpone.

The time for them to act is now.

The point is to repent.


2 Corinthians 6:2 says, For He says:

“In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you.”

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

It is my hope, my prayer, and my plea, that each of you will avail yourself of the opportunity that is presented right now.

Until next time

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