Apparently, hypocrisy brings us before the Lord, but the results are not good for us. It is probable that they were passing directly onward, and did not stop then to consider it. Matthew would lead us to suppose that it was on the day following. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”, Let me go back to a thought that I shared with you this morning. So, in Song Song of Solomon 2:13, the appearance of the “green figs” coincides with that of the flowers of spring, and the time of the singing of birds. So Jesus went up to a fig tree to satisfy His hunger, but found no fruit on it and said: "Let no fruit grow on you ever again". 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. PART 8: The Parable Of The Fig Tree As A Sign. Mark says Mark 11:13, "Seeing a fig-tree afar off, having leaves, he came," etc. Luke 21:29-33. Was it at Lazarus’ house, or was it some other place? The generation which sees the signs that He had just described should be assured that the end is at hand. The fig tree represents the individual Israelite, especially the Jew in this case. At the bottom of the article there was a note which said that a few years ago, the players in major league baseball voted this man to be “the nicest player” in the league after Jim Thome. Presently, in popular speech, has acquired something of a future force. How many people have been saved by the grace of God for the Lord’s glory and for the Lord’s service…. Not far off "from the road," but at a considerable distance from the place where he was. "And presently the fig-tree withered away." Mark says Mark 11:13, "he came, if haply he might find anything thereon." This sense would be very probable, did it appear that figs were usually ripe about this time; but the contrary seems manifest, both from Scripture, which represents the fig tree putting forth its leaves, as a sign the summer is nigh, Matthew 24:32 and from the Talmudists, who say (w), that the beginning of leaves, or putting forth of the leaves of trees, is in the month Nisan, the month in which the passover was kept, and so the then present time of the year; and who, from this time, reckon three times fifty days, or five full months before the figs are ripe (x): so that these words are rather a reason why Christ did not expect to find figs on other trees, which he saw in great abundance as he passed along, because the time of common, ordinary figs being ripe, was not come; and why he particularly expected to find some on this tree, because it being full of leaves, appeared to be of a different kind from other fig trees: and was either of that sort which they call , "Benoth Shuach", as Dr. Lightfoot conjectures which were a kind of white figs that were not ripe till the third year (y). Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. The Syrians were driven by God back to their homes, never to be heard from again. Nearly, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”. He went up to it. So, if an aged theologian, after studying Christ and the Bible finally comes to understand saving grace, that man’s maturity may provide him with great faith. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. no hypocrite will come peaceable before the Lord? Nearly a dozen times in Matthew 23, Jesus says, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” In Matthew 6 Christ could have been talking about fig trees, when He said, “When thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. It was a time when figs were ripe or suitable to eat, or he would not have gone to it, expecting to find them; but the time of gathering them had not passed, and it was to be presumed that they were still on the tree. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors! Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" The world only hates YOUR hypocrisy, while it glories in its own. Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. I have no doubt that Jehovah takes no thought for the baseball players’ vote of “niceness.”, What does connect the Lord with the human aspect of His creation? The kind of faith which we need – which the world needs to see in us – is the faith which lays everything before the Lord, saying, “I fully trust thy will, O Lord.”. But they should be entering the throne room of God, simply asking and trusting Him to bless. The leaves declared that there should have been that sweet, energy-filled fruit on its branches. 1. 29 Then He told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they put out leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is near. For example, Intellect is not necessarily an evil thing to possess and stimulate, but the Lord offers very little praise for brains. Question: "Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?" Compare Matthew 21:20. The Jews used the word "curse" not as always implying "wrath or anger," but to devote to "death," or to any kind of destruction, Hebrews 6:8. But this particular tree was not a dead or even a dying hulk of a tree. It has been commonly thought that the Saviour performed this miracle to denote the sudden "withering away" or destruction of the Jewish people. That is, judging from the "appearance" of the tree, it was "probable" that there would be fruit on it. It was green and healthy. Matthew 24:32-51. First, it is seen in Matthew 21:18-22, and then also in Mark 11:12-14. Laying aside our Lord’s omniscience for a moment – if He were nothing but a man like ourselves – If Jesus was walking down that hill and saw an old, diseased, dried up, relic of a fig tree, He wouldn’t have expected to find fruit on it. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. Luke 21:31says when you see all these things happening (in the tribulation), know that the kingdom of God is near. In feeding humanity they were fulfilling their divine destiny. This tree tried to deceive its Creator, but it couldn’t get away with it. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”. Was there any other reason for God’s creation of man? Can it really be that Jesus cursed the fig tree just because He was hungry and there were no fruit on the tree… Jesus says “learn a lesson from the fig tree.” This does not mean interpret what the fig tree is. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” This is the parable of the fig tree. A fig tree The Parable of the Budding Fig Tree is a parable told by Jesus in the New Testament , found in Matthew 24:32-35 , Mark 13:28-31 , and Luke 21:29-33 . Seeing a fig tree by the road, He went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Jesus Curses a Fig Tree . The miracle is performed by the omnipotent God, not by our impotent faith. For the Christian those sins might first bring correction – chastisement – discipline. Even though he has been one of my favorites, he has the disgusting habit of chewing a huge wad of tobacco while he’s playing. I’ve never read that Christ ate carrots or potatoes; nevertheless those veggies were created to serve us. (y) Misn. But it was not the size or strength of Hezekiah’s faith – it was a tiny faith laying prostrate before the omnipotent God, asking for His will to be done. The fig tree was the metaphor YHVH associated with Israel, and the remnant of Israel - Judea and Jerusalem. The first episode is the cursing of the fig tree because it had no fruit on it (21:18-22), and then the second is a challenge to Jesus’ authority (21:23-27); this is followed by two parables, the parable of the two sons (21:28-32), and the parable of the tenants (21:33-46). Several thousand years after that, along comes the Son of Man – and He is hungry. What are the lessons that we have here? The parable of the fig tree explains prophetic signs of the End Times. He and the disciples spent the night in Bethany – a night about which we have no information whatsoever. (u) Demonstration of the Messiah, par. It was for the same purpose as creation generally. What sort of things bring us into contact with the omnipresent God? Similarly, it is not the strength of our faith which might enable us to move mountains and uproot fig trees. 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.” The Lord doesn’t specifically explain or apply this parable, but the point is quite obvious – fruit. I think not. The disappointment of the expectations which He had formed in His human craving for food was like the disappointment of the owner of the fig-tree in the parable. We are not to suppose that our Lord was ignorant of the true condition of the tree, but he acted according to the appearance of things; being a man as well as divine, he acted, of course, as people do act in such circumstances. (We don’t know it is a millenium until Revelation.) What does connect the Lord with the human aspect of His creation? A few minutes ago, I said that Matthew 24 was Jesus’ parable of the fig tree. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”, Jesus’ parable of the fig tree teaches that when we see, ”Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Fig Tree?" Rev., in margin. A second lesson here is highlighted by the leaves – HYPOCRISY. That is, the time "of gathering" the figs was not yet, or had not passed. Mount of Olives. Is it the strength of our faith? 18. In addition to songs of adoration and praise, we serve God by serving others. Let me go back to a thought that I shared with you this morning. (x) T. Hieros. There is a quote in today’s bulletin by the missionary J. Hudson Taylor – “As our Heavenly Father makes many a flower to bloom unseen in the lonely desert, let us do all that we can do, as under God’s eye, though no other eye ever take note of it.” If I didn’t think that there was merit to the quote, I wouldn’t have put it in the bulletin. But a few weeks before (Luke 13:6) He had taken the fig-tree to which “a man came seeking fruit and finding none,” as a parable of the state of Israel. – by loving, tending, feeding, evangelizing and teaching our friends, loved ones and neighbors. If it hadn’t promised fruit, would the Lord have cursed it when there was no fruit? Like the Old Testament prophets who, at the command of God, became living parables, here we have another living and dying parable. The next day the disciples came by, and it looked like it had been dead for years. Fig trees, like grape vines, were created by Jehovah to bear fruit for man’s enjoyment and sustenance. 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. Was Job correct in his assessment when he said that no hypocrite will come peaceable before the Lord? 31 So you too, when you see these things happening, know [without any doubt] that the kingdom of God is near. But actually, there is another which also might be called “the parable of the fig tree.” I could have said that Luke 13 is THE fig tree parable. I suppose that some plants were created for nothing but their beauty, and perhaps some for their scent. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. The word “hypocrite” is a transliteration from Greek, not a translation. So there you have it … Christ’s parable of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32-35 and Moses’ length of a generation in Psalms 90:10 go hand in hand in confirming Jesus Christ’s rapturous return “immediately after the Great Tribulation” will happen in the year AD 2028! trust God to do what is best in His omniscient sight. And it paid the ultimate price. Just for fun, I looked up the name of one of my favorite baseball players the other day on the internet. And presently the fig tree withered away.”, for the Lord’s glory and for the Lord’s service…. It was a common word in Greek literature referring to an actor – an imitator – a professional deceiver. Where were Mary and Martha? 35. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” This fig tree sounded a trumpet – declaring its heritage, vitality and prosperity, but its praise was pointless, because it bore no fruit. Matthew 21:18-22. For the exposition, see on [1334]Lu 19:45-48; and [1335]Mr 11:12-26. and found nothing thereon but leaves only: Mark says, "he came, if haply he might find anything thereon"; which must be understood of him as man; for as he hungered as man, so he judged and expected as man, from the appearance of this fig tree, that he might find fruit upon it; and which is no contradiction to his deity, and his having the Spirit of God, as the Jew (t) objects; and especially since, as Bishop Kidder (u) observes, such an expectation is attributed to God himself, in Isaiah 5:2 and it may be added, and with regard to that people, of which this fig tree was an emblem, and designed by Christ to be considered as such in what he did to it. There may be lots of reasons, but the primary one has nothing to do with the size of our faith. In Matthew 24, Jesus told the Parable of the Fig Tree to His disciples (Matt 24:32ff). Mark adds, what St. Matthew indeed implies, that He came, if “haply He might find anything thereon.” The fig-tree in Palestine bears two or three crops a year. And why did God create fruit trees; grape vines and root vegetables? For the most part the fig tree provides nourishment and enjoyment to man – not God. It was certain that this would be a good "illustration" of the destruction of the Jewish people, but there is no evidence that Jesus intended it as such, and without such evidence we have no right to say that was its meaning. See Mark. & Demai, c. 1. sect. like grape vines, were created by Jehovah to bear fruit for man’s enjoyment and sustenance. It was definitely identified as Jerusalem in Matt. I think not. Rev. Why was the Lord hungry? – where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. It is the grace of God which saves sinners, and by faith we understand and enjoy that salvation. And at once the fig tree withered. That’s a silly question, but then again, not so silly. – even more than fig trees and grape vines – Jehovah expects to find fruit in us. I will do such a thing presently means, I will do it, not immediately, but soon. But this tree was alive and healthy one moment and then in a matter of moments it was shriveled up and dead. Hezekiah simply went into the House of the Lord and he laid out that letter before God. A few minutes ago, I said that Matthew 24 was Jesus’ parable of the fig tree. Why did God create? Finally, the barrenness of the tree portrays the wickedness of the people, who produced nothing of benefit to others (Micah 7:1; Matthew 21:19). Erubin, fol. Jesus spoke the Parable or the Lesson of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32-35 as such: “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as … “As our Heavenly Father makes many a flower to bloom unseen in the lonely desert, let us do all that we can do, as under God’s eye, though no other eye ever take note of it.”, If I didn’t think that there was merit to the quote, I wouldn’t have put it in the bulletin. How many Christians have fruitless lives, because to one degree or another they are hypocrites? Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee ... - Mark calls this "cursing" the tree Mark 11:21. But let’s lay aside those negatives which bring the Lord’s attention. The fig tree generation is the generation that will not pass till all things prophesied in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 be fulfilled. would the Lord have cursed it when there was no fruit? Matthew 24:32-35 (HCSB) — 32 Now learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. But what does the parable of the fig tree mean? And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees. It is our purpose – the reason for our existence. A few hours later, coming down the slope of Olivet, He saw what appeared to be an healthy fig tree. While they all mention the fig tree, this verse adds “and all the trees”. 21:18-21. 1 Kings 4:25, Jeremiah 24:5, Hosea 9:10, Matthew 21:18-20, Mark 11:12-14, Luke 3:7-9, 13:6-9, John 1:47-49). The Fig Tree Parable. Excerpt from my post, "The Fig Tree and The Mountain" - Hos. The rendering here was correct in the older English sense of instantly. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. Commentary on Matthew 21:18-22 (Read Matthew 21:18-22 ) This cursing of the barren fig-tree represents the state of hypocrites in general, and so teaches us that Christ looks for the power of religion in those who profess it, and the savour of it from those that have the show of it. he found nothing but mere words, empty boasts, an outward show of religion, an external profession, and a bare performance of trifling ceremonies, and oral traditions; wherefore Christ rejected them, and in a little time after, the kingdom of God, the Gospel, was taken away from them, and their temple, city, and nation, entirely destroyed. 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