Day 16

The Fig Tree

from the The Parables of Jesus reading plan

Luke 21:5-36

BY She Reads Truth

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the meaning of the text and take to heart the “secrets of the kingdom.”

Editor’s Note: In this Parables study, Jesus Himself is telling us stories—stories He wants us to reflect on and process. Rather than asking our writers to write their own stories about Jesus’ stories, we thought it would serve you and the text better to provide questions to help you dig into the meaning of each day’s parable. If you find a parable or passage particularly confusing, stop and pray. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in His Word, and thank Him that we can know Him without knowing all the answers to our questions.


Week 3: Parables about following Jesus

Many of the parables Jesus told have to do with what it means to follow Him in this life. Addressing topics from anxiety and fear, to compassion for our neighbors and commitment to the truth, Jesus uses common scenarios and familiar places to teach His disciples how to live as His people. Each parable in this week’s daily readings speaks to the Christian life in some way. Use the questions below to help you dig deeper into Jesus’ teaching.


Day 16 Reading: Luke 21:5-36


1. Today’s reading focuses on what is permanent and what is fading away. What are some things you think of as permanent? Are they?

2. What does the parable of the fig tree have to do with the verse that comes before it in today’s reading?

3. What is the central point of this parable?

4. What is your response to this parable?


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43 thoughts on "The Fig Tree"

  1. Allison Joy says:

    Our souls are permanent, and anything of God and anything part of His nature is permanent. Anything of the world is temporary. That’s, perhaps, an oversimplification. I Corinthians 13:13 says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” And I think the reason it says “the greatest of these is love” has a deeper meaning than we give it. While we often think of faith and hope as being permanent, really only love is. One of my favorite singers/songwriters, Andrew Peterson, has a song “No More Faith” that basically points out the fact that once we are in heaven, we will have no need for faith because it will be all before us and there will be absolutely no way to deny it. We will be living by sight, not by faith. And the same with hope. We will have nothing left to hope for because everything will be fulfilled in God’s perfection, and we will be living it.

    1. Lara Hannah says:

      Wow. I really love that! Thanks for sharing.

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