I don’t have a specific answer, but if I had to guess, I’d say that it was to bring glory to Himself. Jesus says “learn a lesson from the fig tree.” This does not mean interpret what the fig tree is. & Maimon. 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. Most scholars believe that Mark was the first gospel and was used as a source by the authors of Matthew and Luke. 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". How many people have been saved by the grace of God for the Lord’s glory and for the Lord’s service…. So constantly in Shakspeare: O'er whom I gave thee pow'r, here, to this place. But. 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. 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. When they now shoot forth, ye know of your own selves — Though none teach you; that summer is now nigh at hand — See note on Matthew 24:32-35. The miracle is performed by the omnipotent God, not by our impotent faith. It was a common word in Greek literature referring to an actor – an imitator – a professional deceiver. But the lessons between the first fig tree parable and the second are somewhat different. 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? Immediately the tree withered. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” This is the parable of the fig tree. – “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. 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. ”Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. 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. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Fig Tree?" no hypocrite will come peaceable before the Lord? 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. The world only hates YOUR hypocrisy, while it glories in its own. If it hadn’t promised fruit, would the Lord have cursed it when there was no fruit? Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matthew 24:32-35) He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. The next day the disciples came by, and it looked like it had been dead for years. (x) T. Hieros. 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. 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). It was green and healthy. This tree tried to deceive its Creator, but it couldn’t get away with it. 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. That is, judging from the "appearance" of the tree, it was "probable" that there would be fruit on it. Commonly at the beginning of April the trees that still grow out of the rocks between Bethany and Jerusalem are bare both of leaves and fruit, and so probably it was now with all but the single tree which attracted our Lord’s notice. 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…. Let me go back to a thought that I shared with you this morning. It was green and healthy. 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! There may be lots of reasons, but the primary one has nothing to do with the size of our faith. The third lesson in this tree is a bit more positive – FAITH. His request was that the mountain of the Syrian army be removed, and God did exactly that. Matthew 21:18-20. Excerpt from my post, "The Fig Tree and The Mountain" - Hos. And said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee ... - Mark calls this "cursing" the tree Mark 11:21. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. 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. Was there any other reason for God’s creation of man? Lit., one single fig-tree. The last parable is the most important part of the section, because it explains what has come before it and clearly announces that the … It is our purpose – the reason for our existence. This took place on the week of the Passover, or in the beginning of April. What sort of things bring us into contact with the omnipresent God? The word “hypocrite” is a transliteration from Greek, not a translation. That was full of leaves, and they full of professions. 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. I invite you to take your Bible and do that. Jesus Tells of the Future. Mark says Mark 11:13, "he came, if haply he might find anything thereon." But this tree was alive and healthy one moment and then in a matter of moments it was shriveled up and dead. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors! It has been commonly thought that the Saviour performed this miracle to denote the sudden "withering away" or destruction of the Jewish people. Jesus said unto it, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. He and the disciples spent the night in Bethany – a night about which we have no information whatsoever. 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. 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. 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. Why is it that WE are not moving mountains? by faith we understand and enjoy that salvation. But they should be entering the throne room of God, simply asking and trusting Him to bless. He went up to it. 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. 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). It was therefore common property and anyone might lawfully use its fruit. 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). It means only "devoting it to destruction," or causing it to wither away. He came to it.—St. The fig tree, and all the trees (την συκην και παντα τα δενδρα — tēn sukēn kai panta ta dendra). But the death of this tree was a minor miracle – it was a negative miracle. Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. “And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! 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. All the "curse" that was pronounced was in the words "that no fruit should grow on it." Rev., in margin. 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. 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. 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. 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. Nearly, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”. I suppose that some plants were created for nothing but their beauty, and perhaps some for their scent. 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. Then the sentence, “Cut it down,” had been delayed, as in the hope of a possible amendment. They show that the writers were honest men, and did not "conspire" to deceive the world. (t) R. Isaac, Chizzuk Emuna, par. Mark says Mark 11:13, "Seeing a fig-tree afar off, having leaves, he came," etc. "And presently the fig-tree withered away." 10. But let’s lay aside those negatives which bring the Lord’s attention. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees. But the fig tree was created to produce figs, and the orange tree was created to grow oranges.. 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. & Demai, c. 1. sect. The summer in Palestine begins in March, and it is no uncommon thing that figs should be eatable in April. Pauline Resolutions – I Corinthians 2:1-8, Statutes of Limitation – Nehemiah 13:1-31, The Christian Wrestler – Ephesians 6:10-18. Luke 21:31says when you see all these things happening (in the tribulation), know that the kingdom of God is near. It was for the same purpose as creation generally. 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. & Maimon. The world may say that it hates hypocrisy, but it usually says that hypocritically. On the special difficulty connected with St. Mark’s statement, “the time of figs was not yet,” see Note on Mark 11:13. The generation which sees the signs that He had just described should be assured that the end is at hand. 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. The Jews, in their show of the “leaves” of outward devotion, in the absence of the “fruits” of righteousness, were as that barren tree. 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. 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