6He also spoke this parable: A certain
man had a fig-tree planted in his vineyard. And he came and sought fruit on it,
and found none.
7And he said to the dresser of his vineyard, Behold,
these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none. Cut it down,
why does it encumber the ground?
8And answering, he said to him, Lord, let it alone this
year also, until I dig around it and throw manure.
9And if it bears fruit, well; and if not, then after that
you shall cut it down.
- In this parable of the barren fig-tree this applies to all of us, telling of
the condition of our hearts towards the Word of God. God is long-suffering
and wishes that all should come to repentance.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise,
as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,
2nd Peter 3:9.
- However there can come a time if we continue on a path of unrighteousness
that we can harden our hearts, being turned over to our own lusts, receiving
the recompense of our own error and being turned over to a reprobate mind.
Thus, no longer desiring the salvation the Lord has purchased for us, Read