Jesus the Manure

Today’s Gospel reading (in the Book of Common Prayer was from Luke 13.1-9. The final portion reads:

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'”

As the minister commented that Jesus was the farmer in this parable I realized that can’t be true. God is the farmer. Israel is the fig tree and the extra year is Jesus’ ministry. Jesus himself and his message of salvation must then be the manure, no?

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