Posts Tagged ‘Fruit of repentance’

Luke 13:6-9 Where’s The Fruit

When will you bear fruit?

Are you bearing fruit?

Jesus shares a story with us today. He tells His listeners about a vineyard owner and his fig tree. Luke is the only one who shares this parable with us. Jesus has other encounters with fig trees, but this one is unique to Luke’s gospel account.

I have a question I want to ask Jesus concerning this story when we have our bench time. What I want to know is how old this fig tree was. I want to know if it was a well-established tree or a newly planted one. The fig tree doesn’t usually fruit for the first five years. This farmer had only given this tree three years. His vinedresser asked for one more year. That would have still been too early for most fig trees to be bearing fruit. The added manure might have speeded up the process, but I don’t know for sure on that point. Read more »

Matthew 3:7-10 Pharisees and Sadducees Are Put in Their Place

Pharisees pointing

The Skeptics arive

John is still on his mission. The Pharisees and Sadducees came to check out what was going on. Were they there looking for a “crazy” man? Were they looking to discredit his teaching? Were they going to try and challenge his authority? John certainly didn’t believe they were there to receive his teaching and baptism.

He called them snakes! Another word for snake is serpent. Satin disguised himself as a serpent in the Garden of Eden. These serpents were disguising themselves as religious leaders. Both deceptive and deadly!

John confronted them directly and told them if they had any REAL intentions of changing to prove it to him first. So many people say “I’m sorry” with no intention of changing their behavior that was offensive in the first place. As they say, “The proof is in the putting.” Or, “Put your money where your mouth is.” Read more »