The Parables of Jesus

Day 16: The Fig Tree

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.”

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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.

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Day 16 Reading: Luke 21:5-36

Questions:

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?