And that goodly person, which like a fair ship hath been long a-building, and was but yesterday put to sea, is to-day sunk in the main. Let there be more "fruit" in our own closet, in more real communion with God in private. And what is the nature of the being of a man? First, for that He hath deserved it. Once the sap was thrown into its proper channel the tree continued to bear. 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). They had the prophets; we have the Son of God. WHAT IS "FRUIT"? Righteousness, meekness, fidelity — in a word, moral excellence springing from our faith in Christ, and our devotion to Him — that is the fruit which God expects to find in us as the occupants of His vineyard. 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. Adams.How many who are called Christians live lives so utterly fruitless that they might have such obituaries written of them as this: "While professing to be followers of Him ' who went about doing good,' they were never known to go out of their way to speak kindly to the poor and the friendless, or to invite any stranger to church. 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 word "cumber" means now to occupy a place disadvantageously. Similar processes are applied in the spiritual culture: certain diggings take place around and among the roots of barren souls, as well as of barren fig-trees. Let me rather go where the righteous are a sneer, and where righteousness is utterly despised." You must pass through all the changes of your moral atmosphere, you must know various discipline, till, little by little, by that sap, which is the Spirit of God, coming to you through Jesus Christ, you get love, the love of God, the sweet savour of love, without which nothing is fruit.(J. But let it stand, "well." It is a provocation that he will not bear long with. He is a good God; and being good, He must needs love goodness and hate iniquity (Psalm 45:7). The prospective efficacy of the plea lies in what the Saviour has done for the sinner. The heaven, the earth, the sea, and all therein, are fruitful in their kind; and shall man be barren and fruitless, for whom all these are fruitful?(N. And this is rendered as the reason why Hezekiah returned not to God according to that he bad received — "His heart was lifted up in him" (2 Chronicles 32:25).4. The light we possess; the obligations we are under; the restraints we break through.3. You are planted, not in the open unsheltered waste, but in the Church of Christ, and in a Christian home. Such will certainly be ruined. Why did He not complain the first year? For the prayers of the godly.3. The curled clouds, those bottles of rain, thin as the liquor they contain, fly up and down on the wings of the wind, delivering their moist burdens upon the earth, teats whereon the hungry fields and pastures do suck; yet they expect no harvest from us: this is their fruits. A. And let there be a "fruit" — fruit best of all, in your own soul — more of Jesus there — a humility, a tenderness, a holy singleness, which shall show Jesus, just as the grapes shows the vine.(J. Righteousness, meekness, fidelity — in a word, moral excellence springing from our faith in Christ, and our devotion to Him — that is the fruit which God expects to find in us as the occupants of His vineyard.III. 2; 1 Timothy 3:2).2. But man (this mystical tree) hath his head upwards, as his root; and his branches and boughs grow downward to the earth: to teach us (saith one) whence we have our sap, moisture, and nourishment, not from the earth below, as the tree hath (which was Esau's blessing), but from the dew of heaven, which was the blessing of Jacob (Genesis 27:28, 29).2. (1) First of all, here is a tree which brings forth no fruit whatever, and therefore is of no service. God is content that we should have the good of all, but the praise of all He looks to have Himself.6. In reference to the Christian Church under the New Testament, the fig-tree is named in respect of sundry properties, wherein it doth hold resemblance.1. Their aims and ends in all their devotions is self.4. Is He the owner and possessor of no more but that? The most pertinent and profitable inquiry, for further clearing of this truth, will be, what fruits it is they should bring forth? What could have been done for you that has not been done?II. Fair appearances may delude men, and pass for better fruit with them than that which is good indeed. "This year also" — a grant from infinite grace, as the result of love's pleadings, and in pursuance of love's designs.1. Rogers. Lastly, If we cast our eyes upon the whole creation, and every creature therein that God hath made, we may be stirred up and provoked to fruitfulness. The fruits of our graces are God's dainties (Song of Solomon 6:2).4. Not yet; morosity, pride, and avarice, are the three diseases of old age. 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. So must it be in a man. And what aggravates guilt? Thence Lucian took occasion to deride the practice of those times, feigning their idol-gods to sit in Parliament, and every one making choice of that tree which he most fancied. THE DOOM THAT IS PASSED UPON THE BARREN FIG-TREE: "Cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground."1. McCrie, D. D.)Bringing forth fruitRowland Hill, M. A.Every man is expected to be fruitful in some way or other; there is no situation in which a man cannot bring forth some good fruit. This "certain man" denotes God. said the fig-tree (Judges 9:11). The fruits of our graces are God's dainties (Song of Solomon 6:2).4. The ground hereof is this.1. I have to touch upon a very solemn part of the business now, when I notice again that some, perhaps, here present have been guilty of very God-provoking sins. Is forbearance forgiveness? Now, should God perpetually bear with sinners, it would be a disgrace unto Him. The casting of it out of the vineyard.7. Digging gives nothing to the tree; but it makes openings whereby gifts from another quarter may become practically available. So man in his childhood and infancy is flexible, easily inclining to virtue or vice, as he is taught and instructed. It is his own, and he has a longing, lingering feeling for it. He might have bidden the tiles fall from the roof, or the fever might have smitten you in the street; the air might have refused to heave your lungs, or the blood might have ceased its circulation in your veins. A life of the sweetest virtue, and the most complete self-sacrifice, has been expended to work out the plan.II. "If it bear fruit, well." Physical, intellectual, impassioned, spiritual. Physical, intellectual, impassioned, spiritual. The fruit of the fig-tree is a most delicious fruit: "Shall I leave my sweetness?" And so is it in the Church, insomuch that Balaam himself could not but admire at it, and in a rapture cry out, "How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israeli As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side," etc. You must pass through all the changes of your moral atmosphere, you must know various discipline, till, little by little, by that sap, which is the Spirit of God, coming to you through Jesus Christ, you get love, the love of God, the sweet savour of love, without which nothing is fruit.(J. Had the dressing not been what it is, the wonder would have been less. Indeed, our best fruits are never perfect and kindly ripened; still they relish sour and earthly, and savour of the stock from which they were taken. "Behold" — it implies that the person addressed is very conscious how lengthy the time has been, and how very anxious and very patient the Dresser has been — "Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig-tree, and find none: cut it down." bear with it a little longer. Adams.None? )The secret orderings of the soul's lifeS. A vineyard is a well-ordered place, there the hillocks may be seen equally swelling, the stakes pitched in a good height and distance, the vines handsomely pruned, the ground cleanly kept, and well hoed, all things are well ordered in it. After three years' forbearance, he passes that severe sentence," cut it down."4. They are not equally, but they are really, fruitful. But how absurd, as well as dangerous, is such perverse reasoning! God is justly and sorely provoked by such conduct. " 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. Sibbes. Secondly, He seeks for it. 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. FOR QUALITY. II. The barren fig-tree is cut down at death, when it is not only cast out of the Church, but out of the world.3. Where there are two things observable of us.1. The answer is, because there is One who pleads for sinners. But "God seeth not as man seeth"; man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart, as was told Samuel.(N. It is too defective, when non florebit ficus — the tree doth not flourish; but quando non erit uva in vitibus, non ficus in ficulneis (Habakkuk 3:17) — when there shall not be "a grape on the vine, nor a fig on the tree" (Jeremiah 8:13), this is a miserable sterility. "The smell of it is like unto a field that the Lord hath blessed." "I will dig about it, and dung it" (ver. God is justly and sorely provoked by such conduct. " W. Skeffington, M. A.O could there be laid out before our eyes the secret and wonderful workings, the incessant and anxious care, of which the inner life of any one soul is the object, how should we be lost in amazement at the unmerited, the marvellously constant, love of God! In this life He will reward with glory and honour. Unprolific trees have been started, some by a very hard winter, others by a very warm summer, to yield fruit. (a)Defended by special providences, etc. )The fruitless fig-treeJ. Divers workmen and labourers are ordained to be employed about it, for the perfection of it, even after it is planted. Only here is the difference, man is arbor inversa, a tree turned upside down, saith the philosopher. 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. They are sterile and barren in themselves, and in that respect cumbersome, and a burden to the earth.2. IV. "Sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily"; and, as the consequence, the heart of the sons of men is often fully set in them to do evil. (2) This implies a further desire of continued patience and forbearance; which proceeds upon these grounds. God spares the sinner for Jesus' sake.2. Some healing remedy may yet be found, some appeal may even yet obtain an entrance — the door before which the Lord has been so long standing and knocking in Divine patience and sorrow may even yet be opened to Him, that He may enter in and sup — the dresser of the vineyard will once more dig about the fruitless tree and dung it — and if it bear fruit — well. High trees are subject to greatest dangers, being exposed to the violence of the winds, blasts of lightning, the dints of thunderbolts, and usually the higher the less fruitful. To CONSIDER THE IMPORT OF CUTTING DOWN. And by experience we have found that true, which Tacitus saith of extraordinary favours, which, lighting upon ill minds, cause hatred instead of love.5. All labours and pains, all care and culture, in digging about and dunging it, is lost upon it. For the prayers of the godly.3. To show WHO ARE THE UNFRUITFUL IN GOD'S VINEYARD, TO BE CUT DOWN.1. Years of sharp affliction.3. Great as is the danger of unfruitfulness, nothing but heavenly culture, nothing but Divine influence can produce in us the fruits of righteousness.4. And this their forwardness promiseth a summer; it brings a blessing upon a nation.5. I can do no more. How many bearers of the precious oil were yielding their produce? "The earth is His, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." The parable of the barren fig-tree, from which the text is taken, was designed by our blessed Lord to be a warning to the Jewish nation, whose mercies, had been so many, but whose day of grace was so soon to end. It is when afflictions rend the heart, as a ploughshare tears up the ground, that the elements of life long offered are at length received. Corn comes up and grows alone of itself, without the husbandman's care (Mark 4:17). The fruits of our graces are God's dainties (Song of Solomon 6:2).4. All other means had failed. Observe the patience and forbearance of God in His conduct towards the barren fig-tree, the barren and unprofitable professor. The text MENTIONS A MERCY. Only here is the difference, man is arbor inversa, a tree turned upside down, saith the philosopher. So we might show of His other attributes.(N. This word, "well," it is not expressed in the original text, but it is necessarily supplied here in our English translation, to make the sense complete. Beware of being cumberers of the ground.4. It is right and reasonable to fell barren trees, and it is just as right and reasonable that you should be cut down.1. For the sake of their seed designed for vessels of mercy.4. If it be not real, it has not a metaphysical goodness, much less a moral or spiritual. Though He bears long, He will not bear always. Rogers. "Has your master been unkind? (2) This implies a further desire of continued patience and forbearance; which proceeds upon these grounds. Smite his root, let him wither. The Jews are one example of this; the seven Churches in Asia are another. They only are good and fruitful ground, who persevere and hold out in bearing fruit.3. it. Sure I am, there is no tree subject to so many diseases as the body of man is.6. So God's dealings with men are means to move the heart. 6. So it is with all mankind, being felled by death; some are for the building up of "that house which is not made with hands" (2 Corinthians 5:1), others for fuel in hell, "their end is to be burned" (Hebrews 6:8). It must be lasting fruit. That the infinitely just and holy God should have spared you, unconverted man, unconverted woman, up till now, is no small thing, but a matter for adoring wonder.1. The earth, in a thankful imitation of the heavens, locks not up her treasures within her own coffers; but without respect of her private benefit, is liberal of her allowance, yielding her fatness and riches to innumerable creatures that hang on her breasts, and depend upon her as their common mother for maintenance. The gospel grace proves in many instances to have been all in vain. Idolatry. For that it is not natural and kindly fruit, but degenerate. THE REASON GIVEN FOR THE AWFUL SENTENCE; THE FIG-TREE WAS NOT ONLY UNPRODUCTIVE, BUT INJURIOUS; it "cumbereth the ground."1. An emphasis of prediction "Thou shalt cut it down," that is, thou wilt cut it down: there is nobody that can hinder thee. These bring forth the fruits of the flesh in abundance, that are deadly like the wild gourds of the wild vine.II. The determination of the time for the exercise and continuance of this forbearance — "This year also. If a man take more pains, and be at more charge in opening the roots of a tree, and dunging it, and pruning it, in fencing and watering it, and it bring forth less or no more fruit than another that has no such care and pains taken with it, it will scarce pass for a good, a fruitful tree. If not a tenth, yet let there be some "gleanings" (Micah 7:1); and that is a woeful scarcity. The casting of it out of the vineyard.7. That it may be good fruit, it must be brought forth "in due season" (Psalm 1.; Matthew 21:41). (e) They are burdensome to the Lord of the soil, and owner of the vineyard, who complains of such barren plants (Isaiah 1:14, 24; Isaiah 7:13; Isaiah 43:24; Amos 2:13). Never did the olive anoint itself with its own oil, nor the vine make itself drunk with its own grapes, nor the tree in my text devour its own figs: yet they all strive to abound with fruits. How AND IN WHAT RESPECTS DO THESE CUMBER THE GROUND.1. There is no comfort to the vine-dressers from that part of the ground such occupy, though otherwise much might arise from it, if it was planted with other trees. H. Spurgeon.Years ago in Men tone they estimated the value of land by the number of olive trees upon it. Those that enjoy the means, must not only bring forth fruit, but be fruitful; should bear abundance. "This year also" IMPLIES A LIMIT. The gospel is the means of life to a dead world, called therefore the word of life (Philippians 2:16). Oh, there is much of a gentleman in that, the leaves of this tree are soft, and full of down, which soon flies away like the down of the thistle into the air; this tree is an emblem of dissimulation. Begin at once. )The barren fig-treeW. )Fruit, or no fruitJ. 1. Rogers. Perhaps Christ hath now some fair promises of fruits hereafter, "Let me first go bury my father, then" (Luke 9:61). "Ask the gentleman who stands near you," answered the father, with unmoved gravity. We may admire the artistic skill which can fashion matter into forms of beauty; but what are all the outside appearances of religion in the deceitful Pharisee compared with the holiness of life in the heart of the true believer? "If you please," said the boy, addressing the stranger, "can you tell me who that gentleman opposite is?" And of this I shall give you an account by the quality, quantity, and continuance of it. (d) They are cumbersome, in harbouring under their branches things hurtful to ether plants. FOR QUALITY. In this respect there is absolute agreement between Christ and Paul. It bears much fruit, and fruit of the best kind. And so it is here; when a people prove fruitful, God Himself is so much the better for it. And it is the fault of greatness. Many poets speak of trees as having life, as thinking, feeling companions, for whom they cherish an almost human attachment. The fig-tree in the gospel made some show of fruit; but Christ finding none upon it really, He cursed it, and it withered (Matthew 21:19). "If you please," said the boy, addressing the stranger, "can you tell me who that gentleman opposite is?" If anything do them good, and make them to be that which they should be, this is that which must do it — preaching and taking pains with them. Wells, M. What is the use of its remaining longer, but to fill up room in that garden on which I have bestowed so much pains, to intercept the light of the sun from the other trees that are bearing fruit, to draw away the sap from them?V. So the nearer man is to infancy and childhood, the less sinful and freest from vicious courses; but when he once comes to be stiffened, and confirmed in the strength of his stock by man-age, then he waxeth more tough and violent in his courses (as did Rehoboam and Joash): the cider we grow, usually the worse we are. 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