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Fig Trees

03 Apr

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. (Mark 11:12-14)

Doesn’t this seem like just a bit of unnecessary anger on Jesus’ part? I mean, surely He would’ve known it wasn’t “season for figs”, so why’d He curse the poor tree (Matthew tells us it withered after Jesus cursed it)? It never did anything wrong… Except for, that is, being a deceitful little fig tree; I won’t go into specifics, but the because of the specific type of fig tree that was around the area Jesus was in, when it had leaves on it, it could expected to be bearing figs. In other words, it had all the outward signs that it was fruitful. It appeared, even from afar (Jesus saw it from “afar”), as though it was full of figs. Yet when Jesus came closer, and looked, He didn’t see any, and so He cursed it. Now, isn’t there a warning somewhere in there for us?

  27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. (Matthew 23:27-28)

The warning we see here, is for being like the fig tree: only looking like we’re producing fruit, but not actually being fruitful; going to Church, reading our Bibles, but not being changed or living differently by doing so. When we do that, we become like  “whitewashed tombs”. Hypocritical Pharisees. Good looking, yet barren. Most importantly though, we become cursed by Jesus.

How much better is it then, to instead of being cursed, be blessed! Let’s look what the Psalmist says:

1 Blessed is the one 
   who does not walk in step with the wicked 
or stand in the way that sinners take 
   or sit in the company of mockers, 
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, 
   and who meditates on his law day and night. 
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, 
   which yields its fruit in season 
and whose leaf does not wither— 
   whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)

When we find our delight in the “law of the Lord”, also known as the law of liberty, or Jesus, we’re like a (fig) tree planted by a stream of water, which bears fruit in season.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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