The parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:6, who was Jesus referring to?

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The parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:6, who was Jesus referring to?

Luk 13:6-9  He 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.  (7)  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?  (8)  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: (9)  And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

The primary meaning of this parable has to do with Israel. God planted Israel, and when he sent His son, He found that they had not bore any fruit, though they had the Law as a schoolmaster to get them ready to accept Messiah when he came. He was ready to destroy it, but they were given the 3 ½ years of Jesus’ ministry to bear some fruit or be cut down.

We know that when Jesus cursed the fig tree, it withered, and that fig tree pictured Israel. That incident has a direct correlation to this parable.

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