John Wesley and Me

March 10, 2006

The tale of the fig tree – part 1(Luk. 13:6-8)

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Jackson @ 6:29 pm

 He spoke this parable. “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. He said to the vine dresser, ‘Behold, these three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and found none. Cut it down. Why does it waste the soil?’ He answered, ‘Lord, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it, and fertilize it. If it bears fruit, fine; but if not, after that, you can cut it down.’”

— Luke 13:6-8(WEB)

How long before fig tree produce fruit? How many harvest  does it produce per year?

The answer to the first question comes from Billie Jo Amato of the California Fig Advisory Board, I received your message from one of our industry members and am responding to it.  A fig tree will start to produce in the second or third year, but will not reach full production until its 6-7th year.”

The answer to the second question from the California Rare Fruit Growers web site is two (2), one in the string and a second in the fall.

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Does he thank that servant…(Luke 17:7-10)

Filed under: Biblical Reflection — David Jackson @ 2:30 pm

But who is there among you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say, when he comes in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down at the table,’ and will not rather tell him, ‘Prepare my supper, clothe yourself properly, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterward you shall eat and drink’?

Does he thank that servant
because he did the things that were commanded?
 I Think not.

Even so you also, when you have done
all the things that are commanded you, say,
‘We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.’”
Luke 17:7-10(WEB)

This is one of those passages that I find a little troubling for a couple of reasons.

For instance, it seems to contradict those who say, that the way to increase our reward in heaven is do the things God commands, i.e. “break bread the with hungry”,”cloth the naked”, “take in the homeless(or aleast built a homeless shelter long as it’s on theother side of town of course). Can we really expect to recieve a greater reward or any reward for doing what is expected of us?

Then there is the question what would happen to the servant(s) who fails to do “all the things that are commanded ” of the them?

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