Parable #10. Unfruitful fig tree:
- Today is Day #10
- The Tenth Mashal of Messiah
- Fourteen Observations
- The favored first Family-Nation
- Old Israel was the barren fig tree
- The same Family-Nation but a New Generation
Today is Day #10:
1. Today is “Day #10” in the forty-nine day Countdown to Shavuot.
2. Today is ten days which are one week and three days of the Omer.
.היום עשרה ימים, שהם שבוע אחד ושלושה ימים בעומר
Haiyom ‘asarah yamim, shehaym shavuah echad ushloshah yamim ba’omer.
“You shall count for yourselves — from the day after the Shabbat, from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving — seven Shabbats, they shall be complete. Until the day after the seventh sabbath you shall count, fifty days.” (Leviticus). “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, from when the sickle is first put to the standing crop shall you begin counting seven weeks. Then you will observe the Festival of Shavu’ot for Adonai Eloheinu.” (Deuteronomy).
“Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer.”
ברוך אתה, אדוני אלוהינו, מלך העולם, אשר קדשנו במצוותיו וצוונו על ספירת העומר.פ
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, melech ha’olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al sefirat ha’omer.
The Tenth Mashal of Messiah:
וַיִּשָׂא מְשָׁלוֹ וַיֹּאמַר אִישׁ אֶחָד הָיְתָה־לּוֹ תְאֵנָה נְטוּעָה בְכַרְמוֹ וַיָּבֹא לְבַקֶּשׁ־בָּהּ פְּרִי וְלֹא מָצָא׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־הַכֹּרֵם הִנֵּה־זֶה שָׁלשׁ שָׁנִים אָנֹכִי בָא לְבַקֵּשׁ פְּרִי בַּתְּאֵנָה הַזֹּאת וְלֹא מָצָאתִי כְּרֹת אוֹתָהּ לָמָּה־זֶּה תַשְׁחִית אֵת הָאֲדָמָה׃ וַיַּעַן וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲדֹנִי הַנִּיחָה אֹתָהּ עוֹד הַשָּׁנָה הַזֹּאת עַד אֲשֶׁר־עֲזַקְתִּיהָ וְשַׂמְתִּי דֹמֶן לָהּ׃ אוּלַי תַּעֲשֶׂה פֶרִי וְאִם־לֹא תַעֲשֶׂה וְכָרַתָּ אֹתָהּ בַּשָּׁנָה הָאֲחֶרֶת׃
He (Mashiach) took up His parable (mashal) and said:
“A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came to seek fruit from it, but He did not find any. He said to the vindresser (vineyard-keeper), ‘Look, for three years I have come to seek fruit in the fig tree, but I have not found any. Cut it down! Why should it waste the ground?’ He answered and said to him, ‘My master, leave it alone for another year, until I have dug around it and given it some manure. Perhaps it will produce fruit. If it does not produce, then cut it down the following year.'”
Observation #1. The fig-tree had been planted by its owner in the best location He had within His vineyard.
Observation #2. Fig-trees were regarded as so valuable that if they even gave forth a small yield of fruit they were not cut down.
Observation #3. It was said that in the best of locations the ripe fruit hung on the trees for as many as ten months out of the year.
Observation #4. The two barren months were April and May.
Observation #5. April and May was the the time just before the first of three crops of fruit which the fig tree bore each year.
Observation #6. The first figs ripened toward the end of June (sometimes earlier).
Observation #7. The second crop of figs ripened in August.
Observation #8. The third crop of figs that were small and of of little value, ripened in September.
Observation #9. These small figs that were of little value often hung all winter on the trees.
Observation #10. The most popular species of fig tree required three years after planting for it to begin providing fruit.
Observation #11. The fig tree is regarded as the most fruitful of all trees and it is considered a symbol of the Nation of Israel.
Observation #12. The vineyard and all of its fruit trees is a symbol of the Kingdom of Adonai.
Observation #13. The practice of digging about the fig tree and generously fertilizing it is frequently mentioned in rabbinic writings.
Observation #14. Maimonides mentions three years as the upward limit of time for a tree to bear fruit in the land of Israel.
The favored Family-Nation:
Adonai created the nation of Israel out of His adopted family of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The Righteous Father adopted HIS family-nation and He moved HIS adopted children into the promised land. After a considerably long time Adonai sent the Messiah into Israel to establish His kingdom on earth. At the first the religious and political leadership of Israel resisted and even opposed outright the Messiah. Then, for an additional three years, the Messiah administered His teaching ministry to Israel. After the three years of messianic teaching had come to completion the Father looked to see if His favorite fig tree (the Family-nation of Israel) had born any fruit, and He found none. Therefore, the Owner (our Father in heaven) was committed to remove and replace the unfruitful tree. However, the Messiah intervened on behalf of the special tree (the Family-nation of Israel). He succeeded in convincing the Owner (Adonai) that He would dig deeper around the tree and fertilize (nurture) the soil all the more, then after one more year (of ministry) the fig tree should bear fruit. However, if the fig tree failed to bear fruit after the additional time had elapsed then the Caretaker of the Tree would raise the ax of judgment and cut the tree down, so that He could replace it with a new fig tree (a new generation of the Family-nation of Israel) that would bear fruit for the Owner.
Old Israel was the barren fig tree:
Old first century (CE) Israel was the barren (fruitless) fig-tree that Messiah was talking about. Not modern Israel.
This symbol of the fruitless fig tree being covered with large leaves being present is very ancient. Our first parents Adam and Eve, after they sinned in the Garden of Eden, were described as hiding their nakedness through the use of large fig leaves. In the first century (CE) the Messiah completed a three and one-half year ministry here on earth that on the main was exclusively directed at the Family-nation of Israel. The people, mainly at the insistence of their wicked religious and political leaders, did not respond to the call for Teshuvah (begun by the prophet Yochanan Ben Zechariah Ben Aaron) and they did not hear, understand, and obey the Word of the invisible One spoken through His visible Image (צֶלֶם הָאֱלֹהִים-Tselem Ha-Elohim) that is His visible Voice and Face that we can hear and see, the Messiah.
The general non-responsiveness on the part of the religious leaders and their followers, who blindly followed the Prushim rabbinate, was followed-up by a perpetual effort by a Jewish remnant (of Messiah’s followers) to reach their own unbelieving countrymen.
Unfortunately up to this very day our (believing Israel’s) messianic mission to convince our own people (modern Israel) to believe in our Messiah (Yeshua) has yet to be successful. Israel’s historical inability to accept the Salvation of Adonai (the Messiah Yeshua) has created problems for the entire world populace. For the world populace cannot be fully blessed until Israel as a nation accepts the Salvation of Adonai. This is so because until our people observe the Day of National Atonement (Yom Kippur) in a manner that embraces full faith in the Messiah, the Messiah will not return from heaven to establish the Kingdom of Adonai here on earth. So the time of the blessed messianic age—the Golden Age of Israel and the International Commonwealth of Israel—is being delayed due to our unbelief.
The same Nation-Family but a New Generation:
So, the judgment warned about in this Tenth Mashal of Messiah has already been executed upon the old Israel of the past.
The sharp ax of Adonai’s judgment cut the old barren fig tree down. Now Modern Israel has been put in the old (failed) Israel’s place. The Divine hunger for the fruit of His fig tree has had to wait for the planting and the maturing of this new fruit tree. And this new chosen fruit tree is of the same species as the old. The replacement fruit tree planted in the favored location of the vineyard of the Father is still the fig tree (the Family-nation of Israel).
The modern Fig Tree (the modern nation of Israel) is made out of the same species of Family-Nation as before.
However, the difference is that this new fig tree will one day soon bear much fruit. So when the Messiah returns to Israel, in an unknown future day of Yom Kippur, to inspect the New Generation of Israel, He and the Owner (Abba Avinu) will rejoice to discover that their new favorite Fig Tree will provide them with an unending great new harvest of fruit.
We are blessed to say that this New Fig Tree was planted in the sacred soil of Israel in the *Hebrew year 5708 (Secular year 1948).
Yes the old unfruitful Israel is gone. After almost two thousand years it has been replaced by a new Israel that will never be removed from its place. For in the near future our Messiah will return to Israel from heaven, then this New Generation of Israel will forever bear much fruit! Shalom, Shalom.
[*Hebrew year 5708 (1948) is the year that the Jewish writer of this chapter and his wife were born.]