THIS YEAR ALSO
By Joel Finck
Scripture Reading: Luke 13:6-9
Bible teachers have traditionally taught that God set Israel aside, either temporarily or permanently, when they crucified the Lord on Calvary. While this was certainly a terrible act on Israel's part, a careful study of Scripture reveals that it did not result in the setting aside of Israel at that time.
Our text outlines the Lord's earthly ministry among the Jews, "Behold, these three years I [the owner ofthe vineyard] come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none ... "(Luke 13:7a). Indeed, Christ sought fruit in Israel (represented by the fig tree) for a three year period and found no national repentance. Verse seven goes on to say, "cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?" To this, most Bible teachers echo a hearty "Amen." What does the Lord go on to say in this parable? "And he [the worker] answering said unto him [the owner of the vineyard], Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down" (Luke 13:8,9).
According to this text, Israel was allowed one more year after the cross to repent and receive her King and kingdom. Indeed, even as Christ hung on the cross, He cried out for His people, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). This prayer was heard, and Israel was given one more year to hear the kingdom offered and proclaimed. At the end of that year, Stephen stood before the Jews and confirmed that their time was up. As he gazed skyward, he proclaimed, "Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God" (Acts T56). Our Lord's standing posture indicated judgment. (See Isaiah 3:13.) The Jews recognizethis, for upon hearing this indictment, they immediately proceeded to stone Stephen to death. Was Israel "set aside" at the cross? No! She was given another year to repent. Only after this, did God raise up a new apostle to go to the Gentiles.
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