The Dung Year by James H. Cagle

The Bible says, “He (Jesus) spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon and found none.  Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: and if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down” (Lk 13:6-9).
In this parable God the Father is the “certain man” or Lord of the vineyard.  The “dresser of the vineyard” is representative of Jesus Christ our Intercessor.  The “fig tree” is primarily representative of Israel but for sake of application could also represent individuals, churches, or nations.
The parable depicts God’s dealings with those who have been the benefactors of His goodness but have failed to bring forth fruit unto righteousness.

Read the full article in the Lanier County News e-edition and print edition on Thursday, December 26th!

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