We just need to learn to love, serve and trust God to do what is best in His omniscient sight. And yet, there are multitudes of confused and self-centered “Christians,” who want to heal the sick, raise the dead and move mountains, going to the gymnasium of their religion trying to strengthen their faith to get the work done. 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. 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. The third lesson in this tree is a bit more positive – FAITH. Why is it that WE are not moving mountains? It failed in its purpose. PART 8: The Parable Of The Fig Tree As A Sign. 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.”. And it paid the ultimate price. 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. Talent is a good thing, but as gifts of God, if they are not used for the Lord, God is not impressed by talent the way that human beings might be. Let me go back to a thought that I shared with you this morning. Answer: The account of Jesus cursing the barren fig tree is found in two different gospel accounts. He went up to it. Obviously, the Lord recognizes each part of the fruit of the Spirit – “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.” Faith especially brings us into contact with the omnipotence of the Almighty. Sheviith, c. 5. sect. Humanly speaking, Christ saw the leaves and expected the fruit, but the tree lied. The same evangelist further observes, "and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not yet". How many people have been saved by the grace of God for the Lord’s glory and for the Lord’s service…. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 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… It was in full foliage, and being so far in advance of its fellows it might not unnaturally have been expected to have had, in the first week of April, the “first ripe fruit” (Hosea 9:10), which usually was gathered in May. Figs, in Palestine, are commonly ripe at the Passover. T. Bab. 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. Jesus and the Fig Tree. Question: "Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?" Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. Mark Mar 11:12-13 says that this took place on the morning of the day on which he purified the temple. Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. (We don’t know it is a millenium until Revelation.) Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.—From the lips of one of like passions with ourselves, the words might seem the utterance of impatient disappointment. This tree put forth its fruit the first year, which hung on it the second, and were brought to perfection on the third: so that when it was three years old, it had fruit of the first, second, and third year on it: this being such a tree, by its being full of leaves, when others had none, or were just putting out, fruit, of one year, or more might have been expected on it, when it had none at all, and therefore was cursed: or it might be one of that sort which brought forth fruit twice a year; for of such sort of fig trees we read in the Jewish writings (z): and therefore though it was not the time of the common figs being ripe, yet this being one of the seasons, in which this tree bore ripe fruit, and being so very flourishing, might reasonably be expected from it: but there being none. But they should be entering the throne room of God, simply asking and trusting Him to bless. 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. Compare Matthew 21:20. For the most part the fig tree provides nourishment and enjoyment to man – not God. Adam was commissioned to tend the garden of God; to make sure that God’s ficus tree produced figs. ”Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Wasn’t this a proper bed and breakfast? & Demai, c. 1. sect. “Look at how quickly its life came to an end.”. He came to it.—St. Matthew records briefly what Mark records more "fully." Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Fig Tree?" 1. And found nothing thereon but leaves only - Mark Mar 11:13 gives as a reason for this that "the time of figs was not yet." he said unto it, let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever; or, as it is expressed in Mark, "no man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever": for if none grew on it henceforward, no man could hereafter eat of it. But we have in our text another fig tree – and another parable – of sorts. Similarly, was created as a nation to glorify the God who saved her from Egypt –, , including the children of Adam, have been put on this earth, Not to do so, is to forsake our purpose for existence. But the lessons between the first fig tree parable and the second are somewhat different. It is the grace of God which saves sinners, and by faith we understand and enjoy that salvation. But the fig tree was created to produce figs, and the orange tree was created to grow oranges.. “If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. In the case of the withered fig tree Matthew 21 19 , it pictures a nation living in blindness and unbelief, … For the Christian those sins might first bring correction – chastisement – discipline. How many people have actually promised to serve the Lord at some point in their lives….. And how many people have broken their promise? And we aren’t connected to the Lord well enough to realize it. we often best glorify God by serving the rest of creation. -Tuesday. I think not. Learn the meaning of the prophecy of the Parable of the Fig Tree for the first time in history and much more. I don’t have a specific answer, but if I had to guess, I’d say that it was to bring glory to Himself. Christ Jesus speaks more about hypocrisy than anyone else in the Bible, but James, Peter and Job condemn it just as clearly as Christ. Demai, c. 1. sect. And presently the fig tree withered away.”, for the Lord’s glory and for the Lord’s service…. Rev. While they all mention the fig tree, this verse adds “and all the trees”. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 35. . I think not. “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. This parable of the fig-tree (Mark 13:28-32; Matthew 24:32-35) Luke applies to “all the trees.” It is true about all of them, but the fig tree was very common in Palestine. – even more than fig trees and grape vines – Jehovah expects to find fruit in us. & Maimon. 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. (z) Misn. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Jesus said unto it, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. 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. A few minutes ago, I said that Matthew 24 was Jesus’ parable of the fig tree. 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. Maybe it was to keep all the prosperous plants separate. Matthew 21: 23-32 Mark 11: 27-33, Luke 20: 1-8 23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Josephus, indeed, says that fruit might be found on the trees in Judæa for ten months out of the twelve. Similarly, it is not the strength of our faith which might enable us to move mountains and uproot fig trees. 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. Who can say for sure? Having loaves, and appearing healthy and luxuriant, they presumed that there would be fruit on it. Then later when God permitted us to kill and eat meat, the purpose of the cow, the sheep and the deer became apparent as well. trust God to do what is best in His omniscient sight. 18. No. Where were Mary and Martha? While there are slight differences between the two accounts, they are easily reconciled by studying the passages. For example, Intellect is not necessarily an evil thing to possess and stimulate, but the Lord offers very little praise for brains. That’s a silly question, but then again, not so silly. And for the Lord to re-create someone – when the Lord calls and redeems someone, calling him “His son” – even more than fig trees and grape vines – Jehovah expects to find fruit in us. (x) T. Hieros. 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. And like vegetables, we too can glorify the Lord by serving others. "And presently the fig-tree withered away." It is said that they sometimes produce fruit the year round. Jesus says “learn a lesson from the fig tree.” This does not mean interpret what the fig tree is. This tree was an emblem of the Jews: Christ being hungry, and very desirous of the salvation of men, came first to them, from whom, on account of their large profession of religion, and great pretensions to holiness, and the many advantages they enjoyed, humanly speaking, much fruit of righteousness might have been expected; but, alas! The coming of the owner for fruit is God's desire for His people to produce good works. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!” (Matthew 21… I will do such a thing presently means, I will do it, not immediately, but soon. Matthew 21:18-22. This tree tried to deceive its Creator, but it couldn’t get away with it. Excerpt from my post, "The Fig Tree and The Mountain" - Hos. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”, Several thousand years after that, along comes, “He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Well, first there is the lesson of PURPOSE. The rendering here was correct in the older English sense of instantly. Sheviith, c. 4. sect. The generation which sees the signs that He had just described should be assured that the end is at hand. The world may say that it hates hypocrisy, but it usually says that hypocritically. 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. Presently.—The word is used in its older sense of “immediately.” As with nearly all such words—“anon,” “by and by,” and the like—man’s tendency to delay has lowered its meaning, and it now suggests the thought. The illustrations from the branches and leaves of the fig-tree in Luke 21:29-30, suggest that the season was a somewhat forward one. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. The next day the disciples came by, and it looked like it had been dead for years. And it paid the ultimate price. On the special difficulty connected with St. Mark’s statement, “the time of figs was not yet,” see Note on Mark 11:13. 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. Lit., one single fig-tree. by faith we understand and enjoy that salvation. 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. A few hours later, coming down the slope of Olivet, He saw what appeared to be an healthy fig tree. 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? Or was it that the Lord spent the early hours that day in prayer and fasting, skipping the breakfast that His disciples enjoyed? 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. Why did God create? 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). “And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! This parable, about the Kingdom of God , involves a fig tree , as does the equally brief parable of the barren fig tree . That is, the time "of gathering" the figs was not yet, or had not passed. Mr. Preterist: “The parable foreshadowed God cutting down Israel in AD70.” Except the cursed fig tree withered straight away (Matthew 21:19), not 40 years later, and God didn’t cut down Israel; the Israelites … The tribulation ushers in the kingdom. 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. Seeing a fig tree by the road, He went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. 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. Hezekiah simply went into the House of the Lord and he laid out that letter before God. In depth inductive Bible study of Jesus' parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24:32-44, Mark 13:28-32, and Luke 21:29-33 are good for small group studies. was not a dead or even a dying hulk of a tree. And presently the fig tree withered away.”. And like vegetables, we too can glorify the Lord by serving others – by loving, tending, feeding, evangelizing and teaching our friends, loved ones and neighbors. – “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.”, “If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. It was therefore common property and anyone might lawfully use its fruit. Apparently, hypocrisy brings us before the Lord, but the results are not good for us. Why did God create MAN? 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). Don’t beat up yourself because you’ve asked God to dry up that nasty locust tree in your yard, and it has not yet died. This tree tried to deceive its Creator, but it couldn’t get away with it. 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. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" That was full of leaves, and they full of professions. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near—at the door! Fruits and vegetables were ordained to meet the needs of mankind. It is the grace of God which saves sinners, and. Matthew 21:18-20. 21:18-21. Not far off "from the road," but at a considerable distance from the place where he was. I’ve never read that Christ ate carrots or potatoes; nevertheless those veggies were created to serve us. It has been commonly thought that the Saviour performed this miracle to denote the sudden "withering away" or destruction of the Jewish people. Similarly, Israel was created as a nation to glorify the God who saved her from Egypt – but she was barren. This morning we want to return in our study to Matthew chapter 21. The word "yet" is not in the original text; which last clause is a reason, either why he found no fruit, or nothing but leaves upon it, because it was not a time, or season of figs: it was not a good fig year, so Dr. Hammond interprets it; and yet though it was not, since this tree was so very flourishing, fruit might have been expected on it: and also, it furnishes out a reason why Christ took so much pains to go to it, seeing there were very few figs to be had elsewhere, and this bid very fair to supply him with some in this time of scarcity: or else, as a reason why, besides its promising appearance, he expected fruit upon it, because the time of figs, that is, of the gathering of the figs, was not come: in which sense the phrase is used in Matthew 21:34; and is Bishop Kidder's interpretation of the passage: and since therefore the time was not come for the ingathering of the figs, none had been taken off of it, the more might be expected on it. Not to do so, is to forsake our purpose for existence. Last Days prophecies were explained by Jesus and are occurring right before our eyes, but the meaning of these prophecies is not understood by the Christian and other religious leaders of today. He and the disciples spent the night in Bethany – a night about which we have no information whatsoever. Perhaps it was to give the Lord someone to graciously save. Matt 24:29-31says that the events occur “after the tribulation” or “at the end of the tribulation” so we are in a post-tribulation time frame. And presently the fig tree withered away. It was definitely identified as Jerusalem in Matt. 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. Jesus Curses a Fig Tree (Matthew 21:18-22) 18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Matthew 21:19 Commentaries: Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, "No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you." 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. 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. The fig tree was the metaphor YHVH associated with Israel, and the remnant of Israel - Judea and Jerusalem. & Bartenora in ib. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”, Generally we don’t like to think about it, and we rarely verbalize it…. 2. p. 38. A second lesson here is highlighted by the leaves – HYPOCRISY. like grape vines, were created by Jehovah to bear fruit for man’s enjoyment and sustenance. There may be lots of reasons, but the primary one has nothing to do with the size of our faith. There is no contradiction, because Matthew does not affirm that this took place on the morning after the temple was cleansed, though he places it in that order; nor does he say that a day did not elapse after the fig-tree was cursed before the disciples discovered that it was withered, though he does not affirm that it was so. Mark says Mark 11:13, "he came, if haply he might find anything thereon." The fig tree represents the individual Israelite, especially the Jew in this case. There is wide agreement among dispensationalist and futurist scholars that the Parable of the Fig Tree that Jesus told His disciples in His Olivet Discourse was a prophecy of the rebirth of Israel because the fig tree represents national Israel in Scripture (e.g. First, it is seen in Matthew 21:18-22, and then also in Mark 11:12-14. The fig tree, and all the trees (την συκην και παντα τα δενδρα — tēn sukēn kai panta ta dendra). That is, before another day. Such circumstantial variations, where there is no positive contradiction, go greatly to confirm the truth of a narrative. 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). 2. c. 30. p. 421. The leaves declared that there should have been that sweet, energy-filled fruit on its branches. The world only hates YOUR hypocrisy, while it glories in its own. They show that the writers were honest men, and did not "conspire" to deceive the world. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place, (Matthew 24:32-34, emphasis mine). And for the Lord to, – when the Lord calls and redeems someone, calling him. 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 . Christ Jesus speaks more about hypocrisy than anyone else in the Bible, but, Was Job correct in his assessment when he said that. Why was the Lord hungry? 32 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 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. But it was barren. 31 So you too, when you see these things happening, know [without any doubt] that the kingdom of God is near. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? From seeing the tree in foliage, μηκέτι ἐκ σοῦ καρπὸς γένηται εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα, let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Both will be equally saved, despite the differences in their lives and in their faith. Rev., in margin. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 10. Just for fun, I looked up the name of one of my favorite baseball players the other day on the internet. Luke 21:29-31 Amplified Bible (AMP) Parable of the Fig Tree. Oh, perhaps they never intended to become hypocrites, but that is what they have become nevertheless. 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. 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