Luke 13:1-13:9

Without answering the question of the mysteries of Divine providence, Jesus teaches us that calamities should instruct us of our mortality - prompting the question where will we go after death. A clarion call to repentance is the only way to escape eternal perishing. Being familiar with the imagery of the fig tree as the nation of Israel, the mercy of preparation and patience precedes the ultimate judgment of cutting it down.

  1. There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
  2. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?
  3. I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
  4. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
  5. I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
  6. He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
  7. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
  8. And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
  9. And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.