Figs

Today we are talking about figs. Kind of an odd thing to talk about, but in Jesus’ day a fig was a regular staple. Jesus told 3 different parables at different times using figs as a symbolic example.

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Known By Our Fruit

The fruit of the plant will show how healthy it is. The fruit is used to produce more and it is good food. Jesus speaks of fruit in his parables to describe our faith to teach us about discernment. A good tree bears good fruit but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

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Vine and Branches

Many of Jesus’ parables relate to Israel’s way of life. Many people understood about sheepherding, vineyards and olive groves. That was their lifestyle. Jesus would teach with relatable stories. In this parable He teaches that our relationship with Him is much like a grape vine and its branches.

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Jesus and Jonah

Some people think that the events in Jonah are nothing more than a fish story. Yet Jesus referenced the events at more than one occasion. He compared His death and resurrection to Jonah’s experience with the great fish. In the Book of Jonah, we read how God uses His power to convince Jonah to fulfill his calling, to save him from death, to teach him (and us), to show his mercy and to bring others to repentance. Jesus did the same thing.

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I AM’s…The Vine

Jesus uses much about the pastoral and agricultural lifestyle of Israel in His parables and analogies.  Much of their wealth and well-being is based on their vineyards and olive gardens. Here, Jesus says, “I am the vine.”  The vine is the sustainer; without the vine there is no fruit.  The vine is the livelihood of the family business.  Jesus is described as the cornerstone.  It is the same principle.  He is the foundation of our faith, of our life. Continue reading “I AM’s…The Vine”