"Now learn a parable of the fig tree...(Matt 13:28)
In our last study, we learned some interesting analogies from the fig tree In this study, we will see more on the fig tree. Notice what Jesus said.."Learn the parable of the fig tree..." He, not, only said it once, but another time in Mark 13:28! Based on this, we assume its importance because Jesus mentioned it two times.
Let's look at another passage of scripture-
"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
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.
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?
And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down."
Again, we see the word fig tree mentioned. This time, Jesus is comparing the fig tree with repentance. Throughout scriptures, Jesus would compare fig trees with men and nations. What is this telling us?
The power of intercession
Notice that when this man planted a fig tree, he expected fruit, but found none for 3 years. A thing to notice is Patience! Imagine waiting 3 years for fruit! He was frustrated and about to cut it down!
Another thing to see is that he was sharing his frustrations with his Vine Dresser. The Vine Dresser reasoned with him and talked him out of cutting this tree and casting it into the fire. What is this telling us?
The man who planted the tree is GOD almighty. The Vine Dresser is Jesus! It shows us how much Jesus loves us. He is, ever, sitting at the right hand of the Father, praying and interceding for us. Who knows? Maybe this was your year of Judgement? Maybe you were going to be cut off and give an account of your sins, but, Praise God-Jesus was telling the Father---One more year!!! Give them one more year!
Also, God has commanded us to be priests before him. How many of our loved ones should have been dead, if not, for our prayers?Keep praying! Don't give up and stand in the gap for your loved ones! Stand in the gap for those who are backslidden! God is hearing your prayers!
Your prayers are more powerful than you think. So, in this day, meditate on the lessons of the fig tree. Let it bless your life as it did to me. God bless!
Scripture references taken from www.biblegateway.com