Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Luke 13:1-9

I will be meditating on this passage this week

Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
And Jesus said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were {greater} sinners than all {other} Galileans because they suffered this {fate?}
"I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
"Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were {worse} culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?
"I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish."
And He {began} telling this parable: "A 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.
"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?'
"And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer;
and if it bears fruit next year, {fine;} but if not, cut it down.' "

1 comment:

Ryan said...

Jesus has just finished warning these people about the judgement. They respond the way most people do. They say "but Im not a bad persone. Theres much worse people than me." Jesus tells them that they have the same fate as the people they think are worse sinners than them. He tells them what so many christians steer clear of saying, namely, "unless you repent, you are all going to hell". Then he tells them a parable about God's patients with them. This is because He doesn't desire for anyone to perish.