And he answering said unto him, 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. In this parable, the owner is generally regarded as representing God, who pdf parable of the vineyard a fig tree planted in his vineyard and came seeking fruit.
Fig trees were common trees and would rarely be planted in vineyards because the deep roots and large branches take much ground that would otherwise be used for the vine. Christian who has heard the gospel of Christ by faith unto salvation. In either case, the parable reflects Jesus offering a chance for repentance and forgiveness of sin, showing His grace toward His believers. These three years” logically refers to the period of Jesus’ ministry, or simply that is the period it took for a fig tree to bear fruit. The vinedresser, who is Jesus, does not fail and has offered to cultivate it and so it will produce fruit.
The owner is an absentee landlord, only visiting his vineyard once a year. The law regarding first fruits, Leviticus 19:20-25, forbids eating fruit from a tree in its first three years. The vinedresser has disposed of the fruit, either by plucking it at an early stage, or dropping it for compost, to prevent anyone from inadvertently eating the forbidden fruit. The story suggests that the vinedresser is an observant Jew and the owner is a pagan, unfamiliar with the laws of first fruits.