Good morning! I must apologize for getting this out so late. J woke up at four this morning and I could not go back to sleep until hubby woke up. I wasn't feeling well so he insisted I try and get some rest.
Today we are discussing the fig tree that Jesus came by the morning after they came into Jerusalem. But Dottie, didn't we just study about that a few weeks ago while studying in Matthew? Yes ma'am, we sure did, and now we are going to look at it from Mark's perspective.
Verse 13 of chapter 11 states: And seeing a fig tree afar off off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
14. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
Did Jesus have a hissy fit because he was hungry and the tree had no fruit? No. Jesus is not like I of the low blood sugar grouchies. No, he was giving another lesson. Did you notice that Mark said "the time of figs was not yet". That makes it sound like it was a bit early in the season for figs, but Jesus was hoping there might be a chance (haply: by chance) there would be figs because the tree had leaves. Normally a fig tree does not have leaves unless it has fruit. So in essence, the fig tree fibbed. It was saying one thing and showed proof of another thing. (By their fruits ye shall know them...) So Jesus cursed the tree.
If we show leaves by professing to be Christian, we need to bear fruit that shows this to be true. Our fruit is how we treat others, how we act, and teaching others about Christ.
Tomorrow I'll finish this one up. In the mean time, have a wonderful day,