A Bad Vine Cannot Produce Good Fruit. The Good News Is..... God Loves To Prune!
Exodus 34:6-7 and Deuteronomy 5:9-10
Where God proclaims that he is merciful, gracious and longsuffering - extending mercy to 1,000 generations of those that love Him and obey His instructions, by forgiving their iniquity, transgression and sin. However, as a righteous judge, He must eventually visit the unforgiven iniquity to the "third or fourth" generation of those that continue to reject Him
The gardener pleads for mercy in the third year/generation and promises to create the best conditions for the fourth year/generation to bear the fruit of repentance before the full consequences of the iniquity would be realised.
The parable may refer to a Christian who has heard the gospel of Christ by faith unto salvation. the parable reflects Jesus offering a chance for repentance and forgiveness of sin, showing his grace toward his believers. That is the period it took for a fig tree to bear fruit. The fig tree (gentile) was given the opportunity to be in the vineyard where it otherwise should not have been as well as the needed time to bear fruit.
The vinedresser, who is Jesus, does not fail and has offered to cultivate it and so it will produce fruit.
Why Do We Need to ‘Contend for the Faith’?
Contending for the faith doesn’t just pertain to lofty theological matters or apologetics, it also pertains to the practical purity of God’s people. How we live our everyday lives is part of this “contending for the faith.”
MAY 19, 2022
In The Beginning
A Tight Ship
It is oft said that a tight ship is a happy ship. Rather, a tight ship is nothing more than just a tight ship. I had to learn alot of knots. I came to hate knots. Pop's didn't understand why. At about eight years of age, niether did I,. I do now. (5 min. read)
Solace In the Pool
The Early Years. I was onto what Michael Phelps was onto long before there was a Michael Phelps. Champions have an incredible ability to train their minds. Water is the perfect medium to do it! (5 min read)
At fifteen I got used to arriving to school a little bit drunk and stayed that way by swigging from a micky bottle of a little bit of everything my dad had. Except his Crown Royal. Pops kept a really keen eye when it came to his CR. (3 min. read)