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The barren fig tree.

"A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 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? And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down" (Lk. 13:6-9).

God the Father, like the owner of the fig tree, was expecting repentance and faith from the Jewish people over the three years of His Son's public ministry. The Son of God, like a kind and caring dresser, asked the Lord to wait while he would try to make the fig tree, the Jews, fruitful again. But His efforts were not crowned with success and the dreadful prophecy was fulfilled in that God did cast off the people who steadfastly resisted Him. The Lord Jesus Christ depicted the fulfillment of this fearful moment when, on His way to Jerusalem, several days prior to His sufferings on the cross, He withered the fruitless fig tree growing at the side of the road (See Matthew 21:19).

The bestowal of the Kingdom of God from the Jews to other peoples is described in the parable about <see next chapter>

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