Daily Bible Podcast Day 273 – Zechariah 7-9, Luke 13

July 31, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan


“Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, “For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?”

“Sir,” the man replied, “leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.”’”

I actually did some research to help me understand this one. Since this parable follows Jesus talking about repentance, that is the symbolic “fruit” that God (the vineyard owner) is looking for. God’s patience is running out for Israel (or us) to repent. Jesus (the caretaker) entreats the owner for more time.

God’s patience will not last forever for those he would like to see come to repentance. This means that we do not have forever to encourage those who we’d like to see become part of God’s family to do so.

Father, thank You for Your patience. It is within Your right to destroy us all for our sin, but not only did You send Your son as an atoning sacrifice, You patiently wait for us to accept Him. Give me a renewed sense of urgency about reaching the lost and encouraging them to repent, before their time runs out.

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