In this Lord's Word Bible study document, Parable of the (Barren) Fig Tree, Luke 13:6-9 and The Fig Tree, Matthew 21:19-22, we will also take a look at some of the scripture in Isaiah 5, because they are all very similar. I will give you the "spiritual" meaning of these stories. Please read the following documents: Parable of the Kingdom and Sower--Matthew; Parable of the Sower--Mark and Luke; Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life; as well as, The True Vine, to have a better understanding of this document.
Jesus is using a parable again - a comparison - to tell us this story of the owner of a vineyard who had a fig tree planted on his land that was not producing any fruit.
All text taken from the version of the King James Bible
Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.
Luke 13:6-7 - A certain [man] (God), had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he (God) came and sought fruit there on, and found none. (7) Then said he (God) unto the dresser of his vineyard (Jesus), I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground.
In the Bible, we are often referred to as "trees," and in this story Jesus has used a "fig tree," as well as, a "vineyard," and he (the Lord God) is disappointed that this "fig tree" in the vineyard, has not produced or bear fruit. The "fruit" are listed below that Jesus wants us to cultivate.
The "fruit" referred to here is, the fruit of the Spirit, found in Galatians 5:22-23 and listed below:
These are the personal qualities or characteristics, which the Lord God wants you to cultivate, and when you cultivate the above fruit of the Spirit, you will in turn bring forth more fruit
Just for a moment, let us take a look at part of vs.5 - ...except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Then Jesus began the parable of the "barren" fig tree. If we do not repent of the ways of the flesh and strive to do the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit, then we become "barren," or unfruitful.
So when the certain [man], (the Lord God) came to you and sought the above qualities or characteristics that you should be producing or, bring forth, and he did not find any, then he told the dresser of the vineyard, Behold, three years I (the Lord God) have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down, why keep it around.
Let us take a moment to look at -
Is.5:1 - Now will I (the LORD) sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:
A "hill," is another term for a small "mountain," and a "mountain," in the "spiritual" definition is a sanctuary or a place to pray. - See - Faith As A Grain of Mustard Seed, for more explanation of the word "mountain."
In this particular story, when it says "a vineyard is a very fruitful hill," it is referring to your brain - this is the place where your thought processes are, this is the place where the qualities or characteristics of the fruits of the Spirit are cultivated before being acted upon towards others. Let us look at this next scripture -
Ps.80:7-8 - Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. (8) Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
Now let us look at -
Luke 13:8 - And he (the dresser) answering said unto him, (the Lord God,) 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.
The "dresser," is the priest, minister, pastor etc., the one who is teaching the people.
The word "dung" is referring to fertilizer/nourishment, for trees or plants, the "spiritual" meaning is also nourishment, but of the word of God. And so, the dresser, (your minister, pastor, or priest, etc.,) says to him (the Lord God), Lord, let it, (or, the tree) alone this year also, till I shall dig about the tree and dung it - till I dig around this tree and give it extra attention and nourishment. In otherwords, the dresser is going to try to explain the words of the Lord more, so that this person (tree) will be able to understand what it is that they must do to please the Lord.
That is the person must repent of the "works of the flesh," found in Galatians 5:19-21 and listed below - and begin to do the fruits of the Spirit, listed above.
Please see - The True Vine, for more scripture on the works of the flesh.
So, the person must repent of the works of the flesh, and begin to do the fruits of the Spirit, as well, one must follow the commandments of God - all of them, believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that he was born of a virgin woman, lived a righteous life here on earth, (who showed us by example how we are to conduct our lives,) was crucified, resurrected on the third day and now sits on the right hand of God, waiting to return when God tell him to.
And after a year of teaching or, giving extra care and nourishment to this person (tree,) well (and good,) but, if after a year there is no change in this tree, then after that you can cut it down.
Let us take a look at -
Matt.3:10 - And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn (cut) down, and cast into the fire, (the "spiritual fire.")
For a better understanding of the "spiritual fire," please see - Furnace of Fire/Lake of Fire and Brimstone; Born Again (or, From Above)
God is looking for you to repent and to cultivate, or, work on the qualities or characteristics of the fruits of the Spirit and reject, cast out, or turn away from the works of the flesh. This is an ongoing process that one must do their entire lives if you want to be in the kingdom of God/kingdom of heaven, and it is up to you to work out your own salvation with God.
Now let us look at the story of -
In this Lord's Word explained Bible study, The Fig Tree, I will show you the "spiritual" meaning of this story. This story is not to be confused with the parable of the fig tree, but is similar to the document The Barren Fig Tree explained above. Please read the document entitled - The True Vine
Matt.21:18-21 - Now in the morning as he (Jesus) returned into the city, he hungered. (19) And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. (20) And when the disciples saw [it] they marvelled saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! (21) Jesus answered and said unto them Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Let me begin to explain starting with -
In the Bible, we are often referred to as "tree," we are also referred to as "branches," and "stones," but in this document we are "trees."
The trees have "branches" on which to bear fruit, and the "fruit," which the tree is to bear could be "good fruit" or, "bad fruit." The "fruit of the Spirit" - the "good fruit," has been listed below,
As a "tree," we are to produce fruit - the fruit of the Spirit," which are love (non-sexual), joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, - see Gal.5:22-23, also see above, The Barren Fig Tree
some of the "works of the flesh," the "bad fruit," are found in -
Gal.5:19-21 - Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these;] Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, (20) Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, (21) Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I (Paul) tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God, you will find the complete list of scripture in the document, The True Vine, you can find a shorter list above in the Barren Fig Tree; or in the Parable of the Fruit--Tree of Life; as well as, "Cisterns," in Fountain of Living Waters vs. Cisterns
So in the reality story, Jesus come upon a fig tree which had not produced or bear fruit, and he was very annoyed with the tree and said, "...Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever." In otherwords, the tree was not doing what it was supposed to do - bear fruit - that is, the "fruit of the Spirit," then the fig tree withered away, and the disciples marvelled at this. Jesus then tells the disciples,
...if you have faith, and doubt not, ye shall do only do this [which is done] to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. - Matt.21:21-22
One of the "spiritual" meanings of the word "mountain," is "a spirit, and " has been explained in Faith As A Grain of Mustard Seed. The word "sea," is not H20, but that of an evil spirit, and has been explained in The Foundation of Heaven and Earth
Let me summarize this for you, I have again listed "the fruit of the Spirit," the things that we are to strive for, - see - Parable of the Kingdom and Sower-Matthew, also, Parable of the Sower-Mark and Luke; and "the works of the flesh," which are the things we are to cast out - these are the "evil spirits," and you have the power to cast these out of your mind - see - Parable of the Kingdom of Heaven; Faith, As A Grain of Mustard Seed. If you say "...unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the see; it shall be done,"
So, if you say, "unto this mountain," or, unto yourself - the particular thought, or evil spirit in your brain, "Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea," you are able to cast out "evil spirits," -- and the works of the flesh, are evil spirits, or thought processes, "and be thou cast into the sea;" you have the power, to cast the "evil spirits" out, "...if ye have faith, and doubt not,....The word "sea" in the "spiritual" meaning in this instance, is a group of evil spirits - in otherwords, turf the "bad" thoughts into the sea, or out with the rest of the evil spirits.
And, "...if ye have faith, and doubt not....," and with God's help and strength, then, ...all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. - Matt.21:21-22
Let us take a look at -
Matt.7:7-8 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (8) For every one that asketh (in prayer) receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
The words in brackets "in prayer," vs.8, are mine, but this is the overall meaning here.
Let us also lok at -
Mark 11:24 - Therefore I (Jesus) say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believing that ye receive [them,] and ye shall have [them.]
Aslo see - James 5:16; I John 3:22 and 5:14
Make certain that when you pray for something, that it is not for lots of money, a new car, a boat, a vacation, a girlfriend, or boyfriend, etc., or something like that, these are not the things that God would like you to ask for and expect to get. You can read the document - Pray and Prayer, for more information.
Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.
This document is meant to help you understand your Bible more easily, however, it may not give you all the answers, you will need to study your Bible as well as read other documents, but let no one deceive you, prove all things; hold fast that which is good, because, ultimately, you, are responsible for your own salvation.