Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Can we love and trust God enough to leave all our mountains in His hands? He and the disciples spent the night in Bethany – a night about which we have no information whatsoever. The parable of the fig tree explains prophetic signs of the End Times. 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. And for the Lord to, – when the Lord calls and redeems someone, calling him. Mt 24:32-34: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. 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. In feeding humanity they were fulfilling their divine destiny. When the season is right, and the leaves are full; when the tree is healthy, it’s time for the harvest. They show that the writers were honest men, and did not "conspire" to deceive the world. 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. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. 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! 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. -Tuesday. Answer: The account of Jesus cursing the barren fig tree is found in two different gospel accounts. This took place on the week of the Passover, or in the beginning of April. Mark says Mark 11:13, "Seeing a fig-tree afar off, having leaves, he came," etc. saving grace, that man’s maturity may provide him with great faith. 1. Matthew 24:32-51. 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. Matthew 21:18-22. If it hadn’t promised fruit, would the Lord have cursed it when there was no fruit? 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). by faith we understand and enjoy that salvation. Excerpt from my post, "The Fig Tree and The Mountain" - Hos. It was therefore common property and anyone might lawfully use its fruit. for a moment – if He were nothing but a man like ourselves – If Jesus was walking down that hill and saw an, of a fig tree, He wouldn’t have expected to find fruit on it. He came to it.—St. But let’s lay aside those negatives which bring the Lord’s attention. 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. Both will be equally saved, despite the differences in their lives and in their faith. & Demai, c. 1. sect. This tree tried to deceive its Creator, but it couldn’t get away with it. 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. – “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. – where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. How many people have been saved by the grace of God for the Lord’s glory and for the Lord’s service…. But. 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. 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 fig tree was the metaphor YHVH associated with Israel, and the remnant of Israel - Judea and Jerusalem. Compare Matthew 21:20. Luke 21:31says when you see all these things happening (in the tribulation), know that the kingdom of God is near. The summer in Palestine begins in March, and it is no uncommon thing that figs should be eatable in April. See Mark. 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. But the lessons between the first fig tree parable and the second are somewhat different. 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. 1. The fig tree represents the individual Israelite, especially the Jew in this case. In Matthew 24, Jesus told the Parable of the Fig Tree to His disciples (Matt 24:32ff). 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. What about to have fellowship with him in the cool of the evening? Mark says Mark 11:13, "he came, if haply he might find anything thereon." There are a great many things which man might praise, but which the Lord doesn’t recognize. How are we to understand this? 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. 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. Well, first there is the lesson of PURPOSE. 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 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. What sort of things bring us into contact with the omnipresent God? 18. A second lesson here is highlighted by the leaves – HYPOCRISY. 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 a corollary to that thought might be that we often best glorify God by serving the rest of creation. While they all mention the fig tree, this verse adds “and all the trees”. Where were Mary and Martha? Not to do so, is to forsake our purpose for existence. 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. 31 So you too, when you see these things happening, know [without any doubt] that the kingdom of God is near. So constantly in Shakspeare: O'er whom I gave thee pow'r, here, to this place. Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. Christ Jesus speaks more about hypocrisy than anyone else in the Bible, but, Was Job correct in his assessment when he said that. 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 . 21:18-21. The word "curse," as used by him, does not imply "anger," or disappointment, or malice. 34 I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place. Presently, in popular speech, has acquired something of a future force. 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. “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. 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 it paid the ultimate price. Matthew does not affirm that it withered "away in their presence," and Mark affirms that they made the discovery on the morning after it was "cursed.". 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? Jesus said unto it, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. Mark Mar 11:12-13 says that this took place on the morning of the day on which he purified the temple. Not far off "from the road," but at a considerable distance from the place where he was. In the Jewish scriptures the people of Israel are sometimes represented as figs on a fig tree (Hosea 9:10, Jeremiah 24), or a fig tree that bears no fruit (Jeremiah 8:13), and in Micah 4:4 the age of the messiahis pictured as one in which each man would sit under his fig tree without fear; the cursing of the fig tree in Mark and Matthew and the parallel story in Luke are thus symbolically directed against the Je… “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. Sheviith, c. 5. sect. 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. The Jews, in their show of the “leaves” of outward devotion, in the absence of the “fruits” of righteousness, were as that barren tree. Or was it that the Lord spent the early hours that day in prayer and fasting, skipping the breakfast that His disciples enjoyed? But on the other hand, a man wasted by drink and drugs may be introduced to Christ, and through his weak heart, weak understanding and self-destroyed live, his tiny faith may link him to the same Christ. I’ve never read that Christ ate carrots or potatoes; nevertheless those veggies were created to serve us. Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Fig Tree?" Sure all trees eventually die – some live long lives and others very short lives – by the will of God. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. I will do such a thing presently means, I will do it, not immediately, but soon. The world may say that it hates hypocrisy, but it usually says that hypocritically. On the other hand, the Lord truly does hate hypocrisy. The leaves declared that there should have been that sweet, energy-filled fruit on its branches. But this tree was alive and healthy one moment and then in a matter of moments it was shriveled up and dead. 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 invite you to take your Bible and do that. No. That is, judging from the "appearance" of the tree, it was "probable" that there would be fruit on it. 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. The Parable of the Fig Tree. It failed in its purpose. 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. 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? Jesus Tells of the Future. Figs, in Palestine, are commonly ripe at the Passover. 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 … Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. The fig tree is a symbol of Israel s prosperity as a nation. Maybe it was to keep all the prosperous plants separate. Matthew states the fact that the fig-tree was barren and withered away, without regarding minutely the order or the circumstances in which the event took place. That is, the time "of gathering" the figs was not yet, or had not passed. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” This is the parable of the fig tree. The generation which sees the signs that He had just described should be assured that the end is at hand. A few minutes ago, I said that Matthew 24 was Jesus’ parable of the fig tree. The sentence which He now passed on the tree, and its immediate fulfilment, were symbols of the sentence and the doom which were about to fall on the unrepentant and unbelieving people. 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. – by loving, tending, feeding, evangelizing and teaching our friends, loved ones and neighbors. Why did God create MAN? 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. Like the Old Testament prophets who, at the command of God, became living parables, here we have another living and dying parable. The fig tree, and all the trees (την συκην και παντα τα δενδρα — tēn sukēn kai panta ta dendra). It is our purpose – the reason for our existence. What does connect the Lord with the human aspect of His creation? Similarly, it is not the strength of our faith which might enable us to move mountains and uproot fig trees. They, like the fig-tree, promised fair. Have you ever wondered exactly what Adam’s duties were since there were no weeds and everything was in perfection? Perhaps it was to give the Lord someone to graciously save. 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. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. 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. 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). For the Christian those sins might first bring correction – chastisement – discipline. This verse is commonly left out of the Israel fig tree establishment scenario, as it destroys the concept. Lit., one single fig-tree. But this particular tree was not a dead or even a dying hulk of a tree. 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. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”. The coming of the owner for fruit is God's desire for His people to produce good works. It turns my stomach to watch him, and I am certainly not holy as the Lord is holy. That was full of leaves, and they full of professions. 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. Nearly, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”. 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. First, it is seen in Matthew 21:18-22, and then also in Mark 11:12-14. It is the grace of God which saves sinners, and. A few hours later, coming down the slope of Olivet, He saw what appeared to be an healthy fig tree. Now, what He saw flashed upon Him in a moment (if we may so speak) as the parable embodied. It was a common word in Greek literature referring to an actor – an imitator – a professional deceiver. 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. It was green and healthy. 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). Pauline Resolutions – I Corinthians 2:1-8, Statutes of Limitation – Nehemiah 13:1-31, The Christian Wrestler – Ephesians 6:10-18. trust God to do what is best in His omniscient sight. 4. Christ Jesus speaks more about hypocrisy than anyone else in the Bible, but James, Peter and Job condemn it just as clearly as Christ. 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. This morning we want to return in our study to Matthew chapter 21. It is the grace of God which saves sinners, and by faith we understand and enjoy that salvation. 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. The tribulation ushers in the kingdom. "How did the fig-tree immediately wither away?" For example, Intellect is not necessarily an evil thing to possess and stimulate, but the Lord offers very little praise for brains. 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 . But what does the parable of the fig tree mean? Such circumstantial variations, where there is no positive contradiction, go greatly to confirm the truth of a narrative. 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. PART 8: The Parable Of The Fig Tree As A Sign. (x) T. Hieros. 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. Rev. 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. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. 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 why did God create fruit trees; grape vines and root vegetables? 35. 1. (y) Misn. 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