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Important Nursery News
A new nursery program is available during the 10:00 a.m. Thank you to all of those who have volunteered to assist with this much needed ministry. The primary professional & certified attendant will be Shantel Taylor, who is the Related Arts and Extended Care Teacher for our St. James School.
"Do you think they were worse offenders than all the others?"
Third Sunday in Lent
Repent or Perish
Luke 13:1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
Luke 13:6 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.
NSRV & Believer's Study Bible (BSB) Notes
[Luke 13:1] Only Luke records this murderous act, although Josephus pictures Pilate as a cruel official and tells of similar violence. The reference seems to be to people whom Pilate caused to be killed while they were engaging in sacrifice. The location of the event was probably the court of the priests in the temple at Jerusalem.
[Luke 13:4] Only Luke records this accident. Some suppose that the tower is part of an aqueduct which Pilate constructed with money from the temple treasury. The people killed would then be workers who had wrongly accepted such wages. Others think the tower is part of the city wall. The Lord says that those casualties are not due to the unusual wickedness of those people. His warning is to the whole nation, who are as guilty as the few.
[Luke 13:6] The fig tree is understood as a symbol of Israel, revealing Israel's failure to bear fruit for God. At last the tree is to be cut down and replaced by others who would bear fruit (Matt. 21:18-20). Four other parables of Jesus (Matt. 20:1-15; 21:28-32, 33-46; John 15:1-11) emphasize the same truth.
Readings for the week of March 31st
SJLC's Weekly Audio Sermon Archive
Sunday Worship Services at 10:00am
Thursday Bible Study (Library) 10:30 am
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