The Parable of Honest Efforts
The ministry of Christ was three years long. Coincidentally in this parable of the vineyard owner, he has been attempting for three years to have fruit from the fig tree.
6 And He began telling this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree which had been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it, and did not find any.
7 "And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up the ground?'
8 "And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;
9 and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.'" (Luke 13:6-9)
Then a fourth year was added by the man to the efforts of the vineyard keeper. What that may represent in the New Testament were the efforts by the church in the first seven chapters of the book of Acts to bring the nation of Israel to repentance. Those efforts did not work. So eventually Judea was “cut down” or destroyed by the Romans. The lesson for us is that God is the God of second chances. He is more than willing to give time for everyone to repent and meet his love as expressed in Jesus Christ.
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