Say What?

I just finished reading Luke 13.  It was part of my daily reading.  The first part of this chapter stumped me.  It says:
Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted 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.’ ”
The very next verse starts a crippled woman being healed on the Sabbath.  And after that, we read about the parables of the mustard seed and yeast. ‘Scuse me, Dr. Luke.  Did you forget to finish the story?  I mean, what happened, buddy?  Did the fig tree grow back or what? Guess I’ll just have to wait and see if he brings it up later in his book. My random thoughts for the day.

5 thoughts on “Say What?”

  1. I think that is the end of the story. Two times before Jesus says, “repent or you too shall perish”. I think this parable is the exclamation point. A way for them to understand. You are being given time, be who you are created to be, don’t just sit their taking in valuable nutrients from the soil and give nothing back.
    Can’t you just hear Jesus telling them…All your sins are sins. Repent, turn back to me, it is the only way to have life.
    Just my little thought. 🙂

  2. Oh man, that passage tweaked me out in high school. I’ll try to give enough information to make sense of my tale in as few words as possible:

    Went to high school planning on “winning my campus for Christ.” Three years: Nothing. I then went on a leadership training thing in Europe for three weeks, got totally fired up again, prayed through my yearbook for each kid (name by name), and held onto a “promise from God” that He wanted to save my school and stepped out in huge faith that I would reach one soul a day my Senior year.

    After all: I had had three years of extra care prior to that and still had nothing (a la, Luke 13). …by the end of my Senior year, everything had fallen apart.

    Bad theology/exegesis/isogesis? Perhaps, sure. But, oh man. That passage of Scripture and I go back a ways [smile].


  3. I love this scripture – YOU are the end of the story….did you bear fruit or not? It doesnt get any plainer or great than that!!

    We must be on the same reading….YouVersion, perhaps?

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