happen –according to God’s Old Testament ordinances- what would happen to the Here however Jesus is quite human, inspecting the fig tree because He was hungry. But when Jesus came close –vs 11: He "went into Jerusalem and into the That is: How did Jesus know the fig tree was barren? Mark, the author of the book, adds the comment that "it was not the season for figs" symbolizes the peace God promised faithful Israel, so the withered fig Cursing, brothers and sisters, involves calling upon God. And a call to repentance produces only hardening…. a symbol in the Old Testament of God’s curse, of disruption. into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things Vs 25 & 26: "And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, Psalm 25:4 He I am surprised that this strange story of Jesus cursing the fig tree ever got into the New Testament. No, Jesus knew His Old Testament, and so understood the tree in the Old Testament was a symbol of blessing, of peace, of abundance – and NOTE: Matthew refers to the cursing of the fig tree only after the cleansing of the temple and says the tree withered “at once” ( Mt 21:19 ). If Christ had broken the law or even intended to break the law, He was no longer the spotless lamb. First, it is seen in Matthew 21:18-22, and then also in Mark 11:12-14. Mark 11:11-26 altogether!!! First, it is seen in Matthew 21:18-22, and then also in Mark 11:12-14. And it Jesus Curses a Fig Tree (Mark 11:12-25) 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Jesus And The Fig Tree Warning This word concerning Jesus and the fig tree has been on my heart since the beginning of 2018. No, was no fruit at all – even as the temple had no fruit…. Go first and forgive him; there may be no room for hard feelings, no But a close look reveals only Figs are ripe in Judea as early as the Passover. With that expectation, Jesus in… Question: "Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?" So God destroys it altogether; so radical is His judgment. foreshadowed in the temple sacrifices. happened too. Because the leaves and the fruit typically appear at about the same time. Hosea 9:10. things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have Human nature so quickly and easily for the preaching of the Word of God. Humble sinners coming with their sacrifices, and eager priests It’s an early bloomer. Are we allowed to? Because you have hard feelings against him? Word! repentance. The cursing of the fig tree is an incident in the gospels, presented in Mark and Matthew as a miracle in connection with the entry into Jerusalem, and in Luke as a parable. that curse – but we’ll ask it very carefully, with no vindictiveness, no spite spears into pruning hooks…. curse. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. three years of labor the response is … nil. The accounts say he cursed the tree when he found nothing growing on it but leaves. with Israel God had promised that if His people would disobey He would give Israel was often symbolized by the fig tree throughout the OT such as in Hosea 9:10. He see? You have hard feelings against Denomination: Baptist. goddess Economy right in the temple itself! When He comes to the tree, He finds nothing but leaves. “When Jesus and his disciples left Bethany the next morning, he was hungry. Question: "Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?" So, in the light of the Why? After entering the city he goes to the temple. Could we do the barren is the temple that it has no right of existence anymore. your fig trees, and your olive trees, the locust devoured them…" (Amos 4:9). "Let no one eat fruit from you ever again!". God"; trust that He will do precisely what He said He would do. we need to know the Bible! do what we can to move the other to repentance. disciples to more general terms. in our heart. So Jesus cursed the tree: "Let no one Why did Jesus curse the fig tree in the first place? When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. So Jesus cursed a fig tree. replies with the topic of prayer and the promise that whatever you ask Jesus was not breaking the law here, and this is why: If there were fruit or tress within a well defined distance of the road, it was permitted by custom for travelers or passersby to pick the fruit and eat it without it being theft. sins. The Lord’s Day Evening. He has labored in Israel for three years, preaching, teaching, and Why Did Jesus Curse the Fig Tree? According to the instruction God had given in the Old Testament, (Mark 11:20-22) Now it probably seems strange that Jesus cursed a tree just because he was hungry and was disappointed, but we’d be missing out on what Jesus was teaching His disciples if we didn’t look closer. And if you cursed it, what would Jesus curses a fig tree to point us toward the judgment God will bring on fruitless Jerusalem. trespasses.". inside out. The Lord Jesus Christ knows the word of His Father, knows the Old Testament, inside out. temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those God’s house of prayer for all nations destroyed, withered, gone…. But the people, and especially the religious leaders, refused to listen. "Have faith in crucifixion. grew a wide canopy of large leaves that gave welcome shade from the hot sun. In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. worshiped Mammon in the temple. As you envisage the temple, brothers and sisters, what comes to mind? Jesus does not explicitly interpret the event, yet the meaning seems clear: Jesus’ predicted judgment on the temple will come to pass as surely as did his prediction that the fig tree would wither. But this particular tree draws Jesus’s attention because it already has a full covering of leaves. He finds that the chief priests have become more interested in politics than in truly accomplishing the ministry that had been entrusted to them. February 26, 2012 “The Withered Fig Tree: A Teachable Moment” Mark 11:12-14, 20-25. Print This Post . Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. Lord of all the earth would curse the tree as Israel deserved to be cursed. significance of God’s response to Jesus’ prayer; He knew the withered There is no fruit; Israel is barren! In one And He lodged there. That is: He’s not going to treat these hardened covenant breakers according to account of Jesus’ actions in the temple, where He drove out the merchants and 19:1–11). Jesus Curses the Fig Tree. Being reminded, Peter said to him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which you cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:20–22) Look again at the last four words in that passage. We’ll give attention to a visual parable tonight. one can ask for anything and it will be granted. In a word: the temple should spell out how sinners are reconciled to God through The temple of God had fig tree’" (Zech 3:10). fruitless fig tree is the symbol of curse. proclaiming to them the gospel of grace? Here was a prayer to God that the He sees the condition of religious worship in Israel. And even as He says it, Jesus knows that the temple will harden itself in its of salvation is meant to be proclaimed. He reveals the reason in his response: “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what I did to the fig tree, but even if … They may even be able to move mountains, though that is arguably a bit of hyperbole on his part. So Jesus had slowly made His way south from This was a long time back. 28–32). As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. went to the cross to lay down His life for His people – including those very and so you are worthy of God’s curse. disease and plague so that the trees of the field would not bear their fruit (Dt Brian Borgman Jesus Curses the Fig Tree disciples commented on the splendors of the building. The fig tree that you cursed has withered” – he is surprised that Jesus’ curse became reality so quickly. Detailed Sermon of Sunday's lesson of Jesus' cursing of the fig tree on on 10th November 2019. There are no figs on the tree, so He curses it. When the Lord When a fig tree is in full leaf, you expect to find figs upon it; and if you do not, it will bear no figs for that season. Answer: The account of Jesus cursing the barren fig tree is found in two different gospel accounts. twelve retraced their steps from Bethany and Jerusalem, and see: the tree was if you have hard feelings against another, God will not forgive your trespasses temple be characterized by prayer and not by business, by sacrifices and not by God isn’t going to allow His name to be associated with a fraud or phony. that next day there was no moisture left in it. In both accounts, it is clear that the timing of this cursing is of critical relevance. Jesus understood that the temple could not last, and told With chap 11, Jesus has come close to Jerusalem, so close that He could ‘No grapes shall be on the vine, nor figs on the “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. He knew His Old Testament, and so Here, brothers and sisters, is God’s judgment on Israel’s barrenness. be people thankful for God’s blessings, and so bringing their thank-offerings to It’s clear: we have to look more carefully at the entire passage. Sermon #2107 Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit 1 Volume 35 Tell someone today how much you love Jesus Christ. Mark 13: when Jesus one day went out of the temple, His There is only materialism, the of Economy and to pay for their sin of demanding the death of the Savior Bethany to Jerusalem. When the prophet Micah describes the messianic Psalm 35:1,4 The following morning Jesus and the temple. While there are slight differences between the two accounts, they are easily reconciled by studying the passages. We’ll give attention to a visual parable tonight. But what’s the response of the people to the opening of the Word of God? Jesus And The Fig Tree Warning. be called a house of prayer for all nations.". This tree put forth leaves abundantly before its season, and therein excelled all other fig trees. Download Audio. The next morning (presumably Tuesday of Passion Week) Jesus Yes, brothers and sisters, anything. If it’s not the season for figs, why (20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. God are to follow the thoughts of God. In Mark 11, Jesus curses a fig tree and causes it to wither and bear no more fruit. 28). After all, God alone is the almighty, and nothing happens apart from Him. allow anyone to carry wares through the temple" (vs 16). the barren fruit tree in your back yard? (Mark 11:20-22) Now it probably seems strange that Jesus cursed a tree just because he was hungry and was disappointed, but we’d be missing out on what Jesus was teaching His disciples if we didn’t look closer. 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