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The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree!

Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.
Mark 11:11-14

Remember my friend, how we are the planting of the Lord; the work of his hands and the branch of his planting, we are here to show forth his praises, "that he might be glorified."

He sees all of us, in the same way he saw this man who came to him and said Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother? And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. The bible says then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: FRUIT! "go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me."  Now my friend, that you choose to do now will distinguish or differentiate you from the accursed fig tree - it’ll set you apart!

Looking at the fig tree from afar off, behold it was green; and he went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.

Although it was not the season for figs, but that time a fig tree shouldn’t have had leaves also, if it was in leaf means figs should have been there also. But, this fig tree, despite its leaves, was actually barren.

 "Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away." So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." Mark 11:19-24.

Jesus cursed the barren fig tree demonstrating the danger of spiritual hypocrisy as evident in our leaders: all the trappings of religion (leaves), without true transformation (no fruit). The Pharisees were barren, and would soon be made history. They were a mountain that would soon be removed. Mark 11:11 says "And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve."  When he entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and looked round about upon all things, what do you think he was doing? He numbered the Pharisees, and the Sadducees and all hypocrites, and when he finished, he weighed them in a balance, and found them wanting.

Anyway, he also encouraged his disciples, to have faith in God. The focus of our faith must be on God, not on faith itself, but on God.

God bless you,
Laurence 
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