Monday, March 16, 2015 12:02 AM

March 16, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015 12:02 AM
Monday, March 16, 2015 12:02 AM

Luke 13:1-9

Submitted by Deacon Ronald Singleteary 

Nobody likes a tattletale!  And growing up in a home with 4 siblings you learn this very early in your childhood.  The message and connotations referenced with this phrase is often one of distrust and disloyalty; of being a troublemaker or even a hypocrite. When I was a child and my siblings or I would take a tale to my father, he would listen patiently and intently and then diffuse the situation by sharing a similar tale. These tales would often begin with “I had a friend…. In the end, my fathers friend would acknowledge his act, apologize and not only learn from his mistake but grow from it. What began as tattling became a teachable moment. 

During this period of time in this scripture, it was commonly believed that ones who were suffering were so because of their sins.  Here we read that the Galileans came to Jesus with the tale of those slain by Pilate.  This led way for Christ to diffuse the notion that these Galileans were suffering because they were worse sinners than all the others. The same Christ, who would soon after have His own encounter with Pilate, is seeking repentance for those who have come to him. 

To ensure there is clarity in His message, Jesus uses the parable of the fruitless fig tree that represents the Jewish people. This parable serves as a warningSo 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?  Repent! Just as the fruitless fig tree serves as a warning to repent or perish this also shows the our Father judgment is not only sure, but he is willing to listen intently and be patient with us as long as we repent and show growth by bearing fruit. 

Dear God, 
I pray today that you forgive me of my wrongdoings. I ask that you continue to bless me to bear fruit that will allow me to forever draw souls for your kingdom.  In Jesus Name, Amen 

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