Jesus And The Fig Tree
Posted: Friday, March 3
Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54
Verse of the day:
Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” (Mark 11:13-14)
On this day Jesus is walking from Bethany towards Jerusalem for the Passover and he is hungry so Jesus looks for something edible to eat! His choices are to either look for small crunchy insects or to find fruit on the trees. Jesus wisely chooses the later.
This story probably occurs in late March or early April so the large figs have not arrived however these trees would begin to have smaller figs that grow from the sprouts of the previous year. These smaller figs would provide hungry travelers with some much needed sustenance. So Jesus approaches this tree that is full of leaves in the season where there should be small figs but he finds none. The tree has the appearance that it should satisfy his hunger but on closer inspection he finds it barren and fruitless.
Jesus curses the fig tree for its lack of fruit.
Its appearance did not match its reality. This is often referred to as hypocrisy and this is something that Jesus routinely warns us about. If we claim to be followers of Christ and that we are grafted into the vine there must be fruit. A season in life comes when we must move beyond having potential and actually deliver.