Rock Family Church of Morgantown WV
The Ten Virgins 1
- Background: Call to Repentance1 About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. 2 “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? 3 Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. 4 And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? 5 No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”perish = G622 - hellThe Barren Fig Tree – 3 years, 3 opportunities6 Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed.Owner = GodGardener = JesusFig tree = IsraelPlanted = Echo(ESV = had) = G2192 = ECHO = “to be” (like Him)Life Lesson: God wants us to sound like HimFig tree = Israel· Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves to cover themselves after the fall· valuable product – food, medicine· sign of peace and prosperityGarden = vineyard“again and again to see if there was ANY” (fruit) = G2212· seek for in order to find· demand something from someone· desire· craveLife Lesson: God expects positive results from our lives· He’s seeking in order to find it – it should be easy to find and obvious· We re to be a lamp on a stand, city on a hill, living epistles – read and known of all men…· Even a single one…Natural fruit symbolizes personal and national fruit (or church fruit)· fig tree - Bears 3 times a yearo Early ripe fig – June – drops as soon as it ripens – Nahum 3:12o Summer fig – Augusto Winter fig – green fig - ripens in springPersonal Fruit = results· Fruit = G2590 resulto Natural = fruit of one’s property – trees, vines or fields – nature should respond, bring resultso Family = fruit of one’s relationships (loins) – children should respond, bring resultso Spiritual = fruit of one’s heart - praises due to God§ God is rarely ever given the praise He is due from His investment in humanity“he was always disappointed” = G3756 = ouch· Like any father, God loves us as people but can be disappointed with our behavior at the same time.7 Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’· Finally He said = G3004 – command, directo Spiritual principle: Unfruitfulness changed the direction!· Gardener = G289 = vinedresser = Jesuso Husbandman—one whose business it is to cultivate the ground. It was one of the first occupations, and was esteemed most honourable (Gen. 9:20; 26:12, 14; 37:7, etc.). All the Hebrews, except those engaged in religious services, were husbandmen.· Waitedo G2212 – seek in order to findo G2064 – make one’s appearance – show itselfo G575 – separation until fellowship is destroyed· 3 years – patient opportunitieso Prophetic number of completiono 3 years = Length of Jesus’ ministry – enough time for Israel to recognize Him as LordLife Lesson: Grace does not guarantee infinite opportunities· Hasn’t been a single fig = G3756 – OUCHo No when yes was expectedo from a total of 9 possible harvests – WOW· Cut it down = G1581 – cut off occasiono sentence passed, time expired – the return as no longer worth the investmento cut your losses – boundaries – line is drawno wisdom protects from perpetual failure· Taking up space in the garden = G 2673 – unemployed, inactive, inoperative (out of order?)o No more influence, no powero Inefficient – like the 10 talents given moreo To do away with8 “The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.Intercession – dealing, buying more time, mercy – similar to when Abraham convinced God from destroying the city of Sodom if there were 10 righteous people in the city.Give it One more chance – leave it one more year = permission for 3 harvest opportunitiesI’ll give it special attention· G906 - to give over to one’s care uncertain about the result· Special attention = G4626 – Dig aroundand plenty of fertilizer· G2874 = manureLife Lesson: God’s help should be appreciated, no matter the form.9 If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’ ”· If we get figs = G4160 – work, bear, fulfill, perform, produce, commit· Grace – bonus time – 4th year· delayed but not denied· If = conditional – outcome is based on performance· Apparent Agreement – “man” did not refuse the request of the gardenerEnd of the story = BAD – no figsIsrael rejected Jesus as Messiah after his 3-year ministry with them.“tree” of Israel was “cut down” in AD 70 by the Roman empire – Temple destroyed, Jews driven into exile for 1900 years.· Israel cut down, but not cut off – roots remain· Church age –o Gentile branches grafted in until the natural Jewish branches are grafted back in· (Romans 11) All Israel saved in the end!Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.
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