Luke 13:1-9 begins with stories about real events that happened in Jesus’ day. They were “News Stories” about the murder of worshippers in the Temple, and a tower that fell on some passers-by as they journeyed along a road.
In both cases, Jesus asked – “Do you think these were worse sinners than others?” His answers, on the surface, seem difficult to reconcile.
But then he told the parable of the barren tree. Is this Jesus’ way of telling his listeners the point of his reference to the two news stories, and the theological questions that followed?
Read, watch, and engage in this important message from Jesus.
1There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” 6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”