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— To teach us-that judgment is His strange work — that He delighteth in mercy; that He waiteth to be gracious; that He is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.III. NO other fig-tree was so favoured. Neither does it imply any withholding of any single gracious or Divine element necessary to the result. The extreme agitation awoke me; but so deep was the impression, that I have never forgotten it. God spares the sinner for Jesus' sake.2. )A warning to useless livesB. 7. First, "Well": that is, well for the Lord and Master of the vineyard: well for thee; it shall be well. And now, lastly, OBSERVE THE SURE DOOM OF THOSE WHO CONTINUE STILL UNFRUITFUL: — "If not" (if the tree then bear no fruit), "then after that thou shalt cut it down." For to try if they will mend.2. "These three years." I. Mark, sinner, He has spared you not because He was unable to have destroyed you. Who can speak as he should of the intricate, the minute ordering of the events of daily life, so disposed and governed that each may do its part in training us for our true rest? (The Preachers' Monthly. All Rights Reserved Sunday Sermons, Sir, leave it another year...then perhaps it will bear fruit. A fulness of fruit. The fig-tree is a succulent plant, full of leaves and luxuriant branches; so did that nation come out, and spend its sap in outward observations and ceremonies, contenting itself with the fair leaves of out. They are heavenly plants, but grow in a foreign and cold climate; not well concocted, not worthy the charges and care bestowed upon us. )The dressing of the vineyardN. But also it drew to itself the fatness of the soil, the nourishment which other trees needed, and impoverished both them and it.III. Sound. )A fig-treeN. He looks for fruit, and good fruit too, from every fig-tree, and at your hands He will require it. All other means had failed. Well for the owner (John 15:8). (2) But there is a worse consideration, namely, that all this while you have been filling up a space which somebody might have been filling to the glory of God. 2; 1 Timothy 3:2).2. Unproductiveness is decidedly criminal.2. This is required (2 Timothy if. III. 7).5. For proof, read Amos 8:2 — "The end is come, I will not pass by them any more"; that is, I will have no more patience towards them. He is a most wise God, "God only wise" (1 Timothy 1:17). How many such are in God's vineyard, whose mind is vain.3. Other resemblances we might acquaint you with, but I must observe measure. (3) Because no tree is commonly more fruitful than the fig-tree. God chooseth for His love, and loves for His choice; they are called His by election.2. So whilst Judas supplies the place of an apostle, honest Matthias shall be kept out; his place must be voided, before another take "his bishopric (Acts 1:20). "Well," said Minerva, "do you what you please; I, for my part, make choice of the olive for its fatness and fruitfulness. "And if it bear fruit, well." Or else they are observant in the duties of the second table, with neglect of the first (as Matthew 23:23), and such is the fruit of the civilian and moral man.5. GOD HAS PLACED US IN THE MOST FAVOURABLE CIRCUMSTANCES FOR THE BRINGING FORTH OF FRUIT. All care and pains will have been well bestowed, if, after all, the sinner bear fruit to God. Her graces are compared to things most sweet (Song of Solomon 4:13, 14).4. Sibbes. B. Bruce, D. D.)The mercy of new probationThe Preachers' Monthly.I. Well for the owner (John 15:8). Let there be a "fruit" in the world, in something taken up and done definitely for the Lord Jesus Christ. The will-not of unbelief makes the grace of God of none effect.2. Grapes, not "wild grapes."1. God is content that we should have the good of all, but the praise of all He looks to have Himself.6. GOD HAS PLACED US IN THE MOST FAVOURABLE CIRCUMSTANCES FOR THE BRINGING FORTH OF FRUIT. Even the patience of the Saviour may be exhausted.(W. Rogers. The good ground did approve itself to be good, because it brought forth fruit" with patience" (Luke 8:15). The individuality of God's gracious dealings.2. Why did He not complain the first year? Then follows death-like insensibility — a fearful apathy to all spiritual things, or, it may be, a daily growth in all iniquity, till at length the sinner's cup is full.(E. The dresser of the vineyard 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." I would rather work harder, with less wages, than stay to see their evil doings." The Judge, then, in language which struck me with mingled shame and hope, said, 'Well, what sayest thou? There may, there will come a time, when mercy shall cease to plead, and leave room for judgment only; when Christ Himself will give up His intercession. "The whole earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof; the round world, and they that dwell therein," saith the Psalmist (Psalm 24:1), and yet in regard of the affection that He bears unto the Church, He doth in a manner count Himself owner of nothing but this. He forbears as long as there is hope (Jeremiah 51:9). This is the solemn voice, not of righteousness, but of the intercession itself.1. The dead tree is neither use nor ornament; it can yield no service and afford no pleasure. It must be lasting fruit. Robins, M. A.I. He must draw it from "the earth, but it assumes a character different, not its own. Why does He bear with it to the end of the third? "Well," that is, well for thee. In private families likewise there are many such burdensome plants to be found; many a fair estate is consumed by pride and luxury, voluptuousness and prodigality. Thereby faith comes whereby the soul is united to Christ the fountain of life. The new life is not lived. Is He the owner and possessor of no more but that? Rogers.Barren professors are cumbersome; unprofitable burdens they are to the vineyard of the Lord.1. First, an emphasis of prediction; and secondly, an emphasis of permission. Indeed, all trees are not equally loaden; there is the measure of a hundred, of sixty, of thirty; an omer and an ephah; but the sacred dews of heaven, the graces of the gospel, bless us from having none! Wells, M. Now, should God perpetually bear with sinners, it would be a disgrace unto Him. Might not the Lord of the vineyard have laid the axe to the root? Secondly, HE HATH SOUGHT IT OF US, as our text speaks. So we think of these goodly and tall trees (but fruitless in grace), if honour comes, wealth comes, beauty comes, &c., This is the anointed of the Lord; this must be he. For proof, read Amos 8:2 — "The end is come, I will not pass by them any more"; that is, I will have no more patience towards them. And every man has his own special fruit, which he ought to bear. For the First: The phrase or expression. This Spirit is received by the hearing of faith. (c) They are troublesome and cumbersome to other plants by their unprofitable shade, over-topping and over-dripping them, and keeping the influence of heaven from them, so that they cannot enjoy the warm beams of the sun, which brings healing with it under its wings. The procrastinator who has put off the messenger of heaven with his delays and half promises, ought he not to wonder that he is allowed to see "this year also"? Haply not so thick with fruits as the "vines of Engedi"; every land is not a Canaan, to flow with milk and honey. The text MENTIONS A MERCY. And that text should still be sounding in our ears — "An end is come, an end is come; behold it watcheth for thee, behold, it is come it is come" (Ezekiel 7:5-16) Should God always bear with sinners, He should suffer in all His attributes; His justice would be wronged and blemished, which by no means will endure that the wicked should be held as innocent (Exodus 34:7; Jeremiah 44:2). Those whose lot it is to live within the pale of the visible Church, are a highly favoured people. Even Ahab is not beyond His reach. Secondly, that a people's continued unfruitfulness, after long enjoyment of the means and labours of the ministers amongst them, it takes off the prayers and intercessions of the ministers for them. (6) There are some barren fig-trees; they are not of the right kind, but seem a bastard sort of plants. (1) It is good for nothing. Longsuffering on God's past, if it do trot lead to repentance, will be followed by more grievous suffering on our part.II. What is it which is to a man what the figs are to the fig-tree? Peradventure none such as He looks ,for, no fruits delicate enough for the Almighty's taste. She went to live in a house, but after some time wanted to leave her place. God is content that we should have the good of all, but the praise of all He looks to have Himself.6. That it may be good fruit, it must be brought forth "in due season" (Psalm 1.; Matthew 21:41). So is the Church, her enemies are many that conspire against her (Psalm 83:2-13).(N. Fields of usefulness close to their own dwellings were often pointed out to them, but they showed no ambition to be imitators 'of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.' You will be no more missed than one sere leaf is missed in a forest, or one dewdrop in a thousand leagues of grass. But doth He forbear all trees thus long? God chooseth for His love, and loves for His choice; they are called His by election.2. Where that barren tree stands there might have been a tree loaded with fruit. The fig-tree is full of sap and moisture, it is the most juiceful of any tree, the root of it doth abundantly feed it; so doth Christ His Church, He is the Root of it, and on the Root depends the firm standing thereof, and the life of every branch; from this Root we have our radical moisture, from His fulness we derive grace, and grace for grace (John 1:16).2. Sufficient time was given to Israel to show whether it would prove fruitful or fruitless, the "three years standing for its day of probation, perhaps for the three periods represented by the judges, the kings, and the high priests. Surely, for the sake of souls, for the delight of glorifying our Lord, and for the increase of the jewels of our crown, we may be glad to wait below "this year also."III. He that made them will show them no favour, being a people of no understanding, it being wilful and affected. Guilt after such forbearance, and against it, will be greater than before.(W. And every man has his own special fruit, which he ought to bear. (3) Or it may imply that God expects sinners should bring forth quickly after they sit under the means of grace. Oh! Vaughan, M. A.The first thing which strikes us, perhaps, in the transaction, is ITS INDIVIDUALITY. THE NEGLECTED OPPORTUNITY FURNISHES REASON WHY THE VERY INTERCESSOR HIMSELF WILL ACQUIESCE IN OUR CONDEMNATION.(S. The law of nature is against it. and the fig-tree mentioned thereon growing? "Well," all health, all joyous health for the soul, "well." "Herein is My Father glorified" (saith Christ) "that you bear much fruit" (John 15:8). Of each of these briefly, and in order. If those that enjoy the means of fruitfulness ought to bring forth, then are you highly concerned to take notice of it as your duty, to be fruitful, and to comply with the Lord herein.(D. For the prayers of the godly.3. Thoughts of peace concerning him have revolved within His breast. "No; he gives more than I shall have elsewhere; but they are so wicked, I can't bear their ways. Is He the owner and possessor of no more but that? Might not the Lord of the vineyard have laid the axe to the root? Why thus it is now with those who are ministers and pastors of the Church. "He is a jealous God" (Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 4:26). The lord of the vineyard looks for fruit in his season (Mark 12:2; Luke 20:10). God reckons and accounts Himself profited when we do that which is our duty before Him; when we are active and fruitful in goodness, and answer those gracious opportunities and advantages of being better which God in goodness affords unto us, we do thereby the more honour God and express His grace in us, as it becomes us to do. Secondly, that a people's continued unfruitfulness, after long enjoyment of the means and labours of the ministers amongst them, it takes off the prayers and intercessions of the ministers for them. If we wish to secure permanent prosperity, we must remember that we can do so only by maintaining constant fruitfulness in works of faith and labours of love, and holiness of character. The subtle winds come puffing out of their caverns, to make artificial motions, wholesome airs, and navigable seas; yet, neither earth, air, nor sea return them recompense: this is their fruits. Now God is the cause of all things and persons, therefore, whatsoever we have and whatsoever we are must be ascribed unto Him.(N. Even among the twelve there was a traitor; and Christ has forewarned us that there will always be hypocrites mingled with His people. Unprofitableness under the means of grace is exceedingly provoking to the Most High. It was made a kingdom of grace to begin with, that it might become a kingdom of righteousness to end with. For naturally every effect is brought back to its cause (as all waters come out of the sea, so all return thither again). And of this I shall give you an account by the quality, quantity, and continuance of it. IV. There is no state of man that can privilege a folded hand.(T. )God the Owner of the vineyardN. In respect of outward state and condition the resemblance holds. III. With a smile, which tranquillized my spirits, the Lord replied, 'Go, then, and improve the time given thee.' Men may have leaves, and even the appearance of fruit, and may seem to grow and flourish for a time, yet, nevertheless, may not bring forth the true and saving fruits of the Spirit. And the true measure of the emptiness is the extent of the culture. We exhaust all possible reasons, and have to come back to one, and one only — human wilfulness. H. Spurgeon.I. "If you please," said the boy, addressing the stranger, "can you tell me who that gentleman opposite is?" )Fruitfulness the gauge of valueC. "Oh," said she, "I will go to no such house as this again; for, while master and mistress pretend to be very pious when they are out, they are devils at home. Christ, the principal Dresser, laments the barrenness of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41; Matthew 23:34; John 11:38). When these disappear, and barrenness sets in, then there will come the sentence, "Cut it down."IV. Neither does it imply any withholding of any single gracious or Divine element necessary to the result. "Well" will it be to live well, to die well, to meet God well. Arnot. The keeper of the vineyard had planted the fig-tree, and watched its growth. This it makes for it also. Robins, M. Adams. So they cannot bring forth the fruits of holiness, they can do nothing that is truly good, more than a dead man can move and act.2. Yes, my brethren, all of you are included, who, while you attend in this house of God; while you bend the knee before Him; while, sabbath after sabbath, you hear the gospel-sound, listen to its warnings, its invitations, its free and gracious promises; to whom, monthly, are offered the sacramental pledges of redeeming love: still continue far from the kingdom of God; by your life and conversation show, that you are none the better for the opportunities you enjoy; still live in indulged sin, or, at least, bring forth no fruit to the glory of God; are still careless, irreligious, worldly, vain.II. The fig-tree best bears the brunt of winter storms, and is freest from summer's thunder (saith Pliny), that never strikes it. R. Burton.Just as when any article, as a pen, a watch, an engine, or anything else which will not work, or answer the end for which it was made, is thrown aside as useless; or as a fruit-tree which will not bear fruit is cut down as a cumberer of the ground, so those who do not answer this end of their existence — glorifying God — may be set aside or otherwise punished.(H. "I find none." Let none of us so abuse God's sparing mercy as to presume on it for the future; but let us all improve the present season without delay, and hold ourselves in constant readiness for death. how often are they split with the weight and greatness of their own boughs?5. (2) It may be because a fig-tree that brings forth good figs requires much heat of the sun. "Why is it that this cumber-ground tree has not been cut down? God's patience is most wonderful, it goes far beyond all our thoughts and dreams, but it has limits. The longer they stand in the vineyard, and continue under the means of grace, the more fruit they should bear. I felt the apprehension of the approach of the last great judgment day. A. Man is frequently resembled to a tree in Scripture; so Job 19:10; Daniel 4:10, 11, 14, 20; Isaiah 44:23; Jeremiah 11:19; Ezekiel 17:24; Matthew 3:10; Matthew 7:17, 18, 19; Matthew 12:33. He endures with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted for destruction. 1. Those that enjoy the means, must not only bring forth fruit, but be fruitful; should bear abundance. Their fruit is not lasting; it holds good for the summer season of prosperity, but when the winter of adversity and persecution comes, it fails (Luke 8:13). And why is He so desirous of sparing the sinner a little longer in this world? "For men do not gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles." Now, Secondly: For the thing itself, or notion. It is the peculiarity of the gospel that privilege precedes duty, but it is always taken for granted that duty shall follow.III. Albeit, He bears and spares and shows mercy to sinners, it is ever moderated with wisdom. The barren soul shall not stand long in God's vineyard. Ministers sow the seed, Christ Himself will look after the fruit, and will notice who bring forth the fruit of a preached gospel, and who cumber the ground.(T. It is a marvel, it is a wonder that these God-provoking sins have so long been borne with, and that you are not yet cut down.III. You expect not much of a tree the first year; but after it is of standing to bear, you expect that it should every year increase in fruitfulness, and bring forth more and more. The answer is, because there is One who pleads for sinners. Yes, my brethren, all of you are included, who, while you attend in this house of God; while you bend the knee before Him; while, sabbath after sabbath, you hear the gospel-sound, listen to its warnings, its invitations, its free and gracious promises; to whom, monthly, are offered the sacramental pledges of redeeming love: still continue far from the kingdom of God; by your life and conversation show, that you are none the better for the opportunities you enjoy; still live in indulged sin, or, at least, bring forth no fruit to the glory of God; are still careless, irreligious, worldly, vain.II. This "certain man" denotes God. Though the Lord suffers long and is kind, He strictly observes all our conduct, and keeps an account of the advantages we enjoy, and the use we make of them. 6. "If it bear fruit, well." Thus God complains of Israel, "Israel doth not know" (Isaiah 1:3), and Hosea 2:8. The lad's attention was arrested by a pleasant-looking man, in gaudy dress, and he inquired of his father who it could be. )God's patience not inexhaustibleN. McCrie, D. D.I. He looks for fruit, and good fruit too, from every fig-tree, and at your hands He will require it. (Thomas Herren, D. D.)The use of prolonged disciplineW. The feeling is natural. But the complaint is not here of the imperfection or paucity of fruits, but of the nullity: "none." Spurgeon. It is His vineyard. From both together, we have these two points observable of us: First, that a people's continued unfruitfulness, after God's long expectations from them, and forbearance of them, makes His judgments to fall unavoidably and irrecoverably upon them. They are planted in the vineyard for this purpose. 2. )No fruitT. Subscribe to receive regular updates delivered FREE to your inbox! It takes up that room which might be better employed; it sucks away that moisture which would make others fruitful; it overdrops the plants that are under it, hinders the spreading and fruitfulness of others. The believer is kept out of heaven "this year also" in love, and not in anger. So, when the fig-tree bears fruit, it is well for him that owns it (Proverbs 27:18). Lastly, consider what fruit ye bring forth under the means of grace; and do not overlook the privileges which you enjoy. Their fruit is not lasting; it holds good for the summer season of prosperity, but when the winter of adversity and persecution comes, it fails (Luke 8:13). The "also" was left out of the older version, and the sense thereby weakened. Thoughts of peace concerning him have revolved within His breast. So they are not only not profitable, but hurtful.III. The earth is fruitful; the sea, the air, the heavens are fruitful; and shall not man bring forth fruits, for whom all these are fruitful? )This year alsoC. Longsuffering on God's past, if it do trot lead to repentance, will be followed by more grievous suffering on our part.II. You are like a fig-tree planted in a vineyard. Corn comes up and grows alone of itself, without the husbandman's care (Mark 4:17). 2. Why a fig-tree should be mentioned rather than any other tree, some reasons may be rendered, as this in general: The fig-tree was very common in Judea, and frequently planted in their vineyards, for that the vine delighteth much in its neighbourhood and shade; and thence is it that we so frequently find them joined together in the Scripture (Deuteronomy 8:8; 1 Kings 4:25; Psalm 105:33; Joel 1:7 and Joel 2:22; Amos 4:9; Haggai 1:19). And that text should still be sounding in our ears — "An end is come, an end is come; behold it watcheth for thee, behold, it is come it is come" (Ezekiel 7:5-16) Should God always bear with sinners, He should suffer in all His attributes; His justice would be wronged and blemished, which by no means will endure that the wicked should be held as innocent (Exodus 34:7; Jeremiah 44:2). Where there are two things observable of us.1. The unfruitfulness under the gospel prevailing in our land, forbodes a time of hewing and cutting down. There are several sorts and kinds of trees; some greater than others, and some taller; some straighter, some broader; some younger, some elder; some barren, some fruitful; so is it amongst men. The pains of the labourers is lost upon such trees.4. Unfulfilled resolutions.II. )Lord, let it alone this year alsoThe sentence suspendedThe Weekly Pulpit.I. "Why cumbereth it the ground also?" First, "Well": that is, well for the Lord and Master of the vineyard: well for thee; it shall be well. The extreme agitation awoke me; but so deep was the impression, that I have never forgotten it. Skilfulness and ability to do this work that he is called unto. How far do their roots spread, albeit underground and unseen? Let there be some" fruit" seen — at home, in your temper, in your intercourse, in your daily conduct, in your own family. The leaf of the asp resembles the tongue, but the leaf of the fig-tree, man's hand. All other means had failed. Do you bear fruit answerable to your profession of faith? In not making the right use of God's patience and profiting by it thou despiseth it; and in despising it thou despiseth goodness.(N. It is well for the minister when the people thrive in goodness, and are fruitful in every good work: namely, upon this account; because he sees some good success and effect of his labour amongst them. The flattering courtier likes well the clasping ivy, which yet is an enemy to all trees and plants, it undermineth walls, and is good only to harbour serpents and venomous creatures, insomuch that Pliny wonders it should be honoured by any, or counted of any worth; and yet heathen emperors have used to make them garlands of it, and wear them on their heads. They are heavenly plants, but grow in a foreign and cold climate; not well concocted, not worthy the charges and care bestowed upon us. Let there be some" fruit" seen — at home, in your temper, in your intercourse, in your daily conduct, in your own family. How far do their roots spread, albeit underground and unseen? Because, in order to our having the grace of repentance, it is necessary that we should have space for repentance: because while there is life there is hope; but "when once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door," opportunity is over, importunity vain.2. Arnot.I think something may be gained here by descending into the particulars. "Till I shall dig about it, and dung it"; as who shall say, that would do it. It must be lasting fruit. There is no answer given in the original. Of which in three particulars.1. And justly so.1. Our second most solemn work is to remind thee, O impenitent sinner, that FOR GOD TO HAVE SPARED YOU SO LONG IS A VERY WONDERFUL THING. There is a measure of iniquity to be filled up, and so long the Lord will bear with sinners, and no longer (Romans 2:5; Genesis 15:16). No vineyard is naturally a vineyard; hand and heart must go to make it so. If it be not real, it has not a metaphysical goodness, much less a moral or spiritual. A. THE SENTENCE OF DESTRUCTION — "Cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?" R. Burton.Just as when any article, as a pen, a watch, an engine, or anything else which will not work, or answer the end for which it was made, is thrown aside as useless; or as a fruit-tree which will not bear fruit is cut down as a cumberer of the ground, so those who do not answer this end of their existence — glorifying God — may be set aside or otherwise punished.(H. It is that which he has just cause to look for.3. (a) A barren tree possesseth the place of a better, and by its good will would not suffer any to grow near it. The extended season and increased facilities for fruitful growth which are thus afforded. The privileges of the Jews were small in comparison with those which we enjoy. All these, and each of them, make it evident, that those who are planted under the means of grace, are highly concerned to bring forth fruit. On the other hand, when any are fruitful, and active, and zealous in goodness; their zeal, it provokes many others so much the more to piety. God speaks to us at one time amid the sweet breath of heavenly consolation, at another in the midst of the furnace of affliction; He multiplies around us the means of grace; He brings us within the influence of holy seasons, or places, or persons; He presents to us motives which are strong enough to overcome anything but the most hardened impenitence; He pursues us with the solicitations of His love; He does everything short of taking from us our freewill, that will whose power freely to choose its own highest happiness of necessity involves the alternative of rejecting it. Such an earnest desire hath God to find fruit on us, whom He hath planted in His Church, as appears by those pathetical speeches which He uses, Deuteronomy 5:29; Deuteronomy 32:29; Psalm 81:13; Hosea 6:4. THE NEGLECTED OPPORTUNITY FURNISHES REASON WHY THE VERY INTERCESSOR HIMSELF WILL ACQUIESCE IN OUR CONDEMNATION.(S. Yes, my brethren, all of you are included, who, while you attend in this house of God; while you bend the knee before Him; while, sabbath after sabbath, you hear the gospel-sound, listen to its warnings, its invitations, its free and gracious promises; to whom, monthly, are offered the sacramental pledges of redeeming love: still continue far from the kingdom of God; by your life and conversation show, that you are none the better for the opportunities you enjoy; still live in indulged sin, or, at least, bring forth no fruit to the glory of God; are still careless, irreligious, worldly, vain.II. Historically the record is grand; intrinsically the power is the same to-day. Adams.None? "Oh," said she, "I will go to no such house as this again; for, while master and mistress pretend to be very pious when they are out, they are devils at home. But many a storm, and many a sunshine; many a dark night, and many a bright day; many a wind, and many a rain, and many a chill, go to do each their own proper work, till the blossom is set; and when it is set, on and on, till the bud becomes "fruit," and this fruit, till it is sweet. It is well for every particular person, when of barren, he comes to be fruitful in every good work (Psalm 128:2). This Spirit is received by the hearing of faith. The Israelites in their conquests were forbidden to lift up an axe against any tree that bare fruit (Deuteronomy 20:19, 20). An enlarged charity may hope that theirs is the blessedness of those who 'die in the Lord,' but we cannot add (in the apostle's expressive words of commendation) that they 'rest from their labours,' and that ' their works do follow them.'"(T. Let God have some satisfaction in you. And He sympathizes with the Divine impatience with chronic and incurable sterility. 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