Rock Family Church of Morgantown WV
The Ten Virgins 1
  • Background: Call to Repentance
    Luke 13:1–5 NLT
    1 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 - hell

    The Barren Fig Tree – 3 years, 3 opportunities

    Luke 13:6 NLT
    6 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 = God
    Gardener = Jesus
    Fig tree = Israel
    Planted = Echo
    (ESV = had) = G2192 = ECHO = “to be” (like Him)

    Life Lesson: God wants us to sound like Him

    Fig tree = Israel
    · Adam and Eve sewed fig leaves to cover themselves after the fall
    · valuable product – food, medicine
    · sign of peace and prosperity
    Garden = vineyard
    “again and again to see if there was ANY” (fruit) = G2212
    · seek for in order to find
    · demand something from someone
    · desire
    · crave

    Life 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 year
    o Early ripe fig – June – drops as soon as it ripens – Nahum 3:12
    o Summer fig – August
    o Winter fig – green fig - ripens in spring
    Personal Fruit = results
    · Fruit = G2590 result
    o Natural = fruit of one’s property – trees, vines or fields – nature should respond, bring results
    o Family = fruit of one’s relationships (loins) – children should respond, bring results
    o 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.
    Luke 13:7 NLT
    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, direct
    o Spiritual principle: Unfruitfulness changed the direction!
    · Gardener = G289 = vinedresser = Jesus
    o 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.
    · Waited
    o G2212 – seek in order to find
    o G2064 – make one’s appearance – show itself
    o G575 – separation until fellowship is destroyed
    · 3 years – patient opportunities
    o Prophetic number of completion
    o 3 years = Length of Jesus’ ministry – enough time for Israel to recognize Him as Lord

    Life Lesson: Grace does not guarantee infinite opportunities

    · Hasn’t been a single fig = G3756 – OUCH
    o No when yes was expected
    o from a total of 9 possible harvests – WOW
    · Cut it down = G1581 – cut off occasion
    o sentence passed, time expired – the return as no longer worth the investment
    o cut your losses – boundaries – line is drawn
    o wisdom protects from perpetual failure
    · Taking up space in the garden = G 2673 – unemployed, inactive, inoperative (out of order?)
    o No more influence, no power
    o Inefficient – like the 10 talents given more
    o To do away with
    Luke 13:8 NLT
    8 “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 opportunities
    I’ll give it special attention
    · G906 - to give over to one’s care uncertain about the result[1]
    · Special attention = G4626 – Dig around
    and plenty of fertilizer
    · G2874 = manure

    Life Lesson: God’s help should be appreciated, no matter the form.

    Luke 13:9 NLT
    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 gardener
    End of the story = BAD – no figs
    Israel 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!
    [1]Strong, J. (1995). Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon. Woodside Bible Fellowship.

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