Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #111, CT #1750
LESSONS FROM A FIG TREE
The setting of this parable is very simple. Jesus' parables related to
something that had happened or something that someone said. The Pharisees were
constantly trying to trap Him and on this particular occasion they were raising
a theological question.
They said, "Jesus, did You know that while some Galileans were offering an
animal sacrifice to God, Roman soldiers came, took the sword to them, killed
them and their blood ran down with the animal sacrifices. Wasn't it a terrible
thing for them to have to die while they were worshipping?
Jesus said, "Oh, yes, but there was also the Tower of Siloam. You remember
it fell down and eighteen people died under it." Then He said, "Let me tell you
a story, boys." And then He told them a parable. They thought that the
Galileans who had died at the hands of Roman soldiers, even while they were
wars'aipping G-i were greater sinners than- the others. And they thoughft that the
reason the eighteen at the Siloam Tower died was because of some great sins
Now, this was like Job's friends' thinking. They said, "Job, the reason
you're suffering is because there are some very bad things in your life, and God
is having to punish you for your sin." Now, that's an old story, but it doesn't
die easily. People today still believe that. When people are suffering, they
say, "Lord, why me?" Well, the truth of the matter is that sometimes vicious
sin does bring suffering. We can be sure that "whatsoever a man sows, that
shall he reap," and if he reaps to the flesh, he shall also reap from the flesh.
If he sows bad works, he's going to receive bad works. That is true, but it's
also true that Jesus points out that suffering sometimes comes to good people,
not just to the bad sinners.
He's also making a direct poi ...
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