Cary Cox, from Matthew 21:33-46. In the last few days of Jesus’ earthly life and ministry he is pronouncing judgment on Israel for their unbelief and lack of fruit. Led by their wicked leaders, they have officially rejected their Messiah. In the parable of the two sons Jesus gave the indictment against them. They did not believe the one God sent. And now in the parable of the vineyard and tenants Jesus gives the shocking verdict: The kingdom is being taken away from them and given to a people who will produce the fruit!
Cary Cox, from Matthew 21:18-32. Jesus curses a fig tree as a picture of the judgment of God he is pronouncing on unbelieving and fruitless Israel. God is calling forth a new-covenant people who repent of sin, have faith in Christ, and produce fruit to the glory of God.