Humanly speaking, Christ saw the leaves and expected the fruit, but the tree lied. (w) Jarchi & Bartenora in Misn. It is our purpose – the reason for our existence. How many people have actually promised to serve the Lord at some point in their lives….. And how many people have broken their promise? Fruits and vegetables were ordained to meet the needs of mankind. But it was not the size or strength of Hezekiah’s faith – it was a tiny faith laying prostrate before the omnipotent God, asking for His will to be done. First, it is seen in Matthew 21:18-22, and then also in Mark 11:12-14. While there are slight differences between the two accounts, they are easily reconciled by studying the passages. 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. 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.". by faith we understand and enjoy that salvation. It was therefore common property and anyone might lawfully use its fruit. The kind of faith which we need – which the world needs to see in us – is the faith which lays everything before the Lord, saying, “I fully trust thy will, O Lord.”. His request was that the mountain of the Syrian army be removed, and God did exactly that. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!” (Matthew 21… If it hadn’t promised fruit, would the Lord have cursed it when there was no fruit? Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Fig Tree?" 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. 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. Question: "Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?" Have you ever wondered exactly what Adam’s duties were since there were no weeds and everything was in perfection? The third lesson in this tree is a bit more positive – FAITH. The fig tree is a symbol of Israel s prosperity as a nation. For the Christian those sins might first bring correction – chastisement – discipline. T. Bab. Matthew 21:18-20. And it paid the ultimate price. Here they assume the character of a solemn judgment passed not so much on the tree as on that of which it became the representative. The rendering here was correct in the older English sense of instantly. You should notice a major difference between Matthew 24:32, Mark 13:28, and Luke 21:29. They show that the writers were honest men, and did not "conspire" to deceive the world. “And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! In yet, “cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”, – where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Similarly, was created as a nation to glorify the God who saved her from Egypt –, , including the children of Adam, have been put on this earth, Not to do so, is to forsake our purpose for existence. Just for fun, I looked up the name of one of my favorite baseball players the other day on the internet. & Bartenora in ib. How are we to understand this? Why did God create MAN? 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. Compare Matthew 21:20. Why did God create? He came to it.—St. But the fig tree was created to produce figs, and the orange tree was created to grow oranges.. 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. Wasn’t this a proper bed and breakfast? It means only "devoting it to destruction," or causing it to wither away. Matthew 21:18-22. 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. Matthew would lead us to suppose that it was on the day following. For the most part the fig tree provides nourishment and enjoyment to man – not God. Luke 21:31says when you see all these things happening (in the tribulation), know that the kingdom of God is near. Christ Jesus speaks more about hypocrisy than anyone else in the Bible, but James, Peter and Job condemn it just as clearly as Christ. Nearly, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”. 1. (y) Misn. And for the Lord to, – when the Lord calls and redeems someone, calling him. It was a time when figs were ripe or suitable to eat, or he would not have gone to it, expecting to find them; but the time of gathering them had not passed, and it was to be presumed that they were still on the tree. Sure all trees eventually die – some live long lives and others very short lives – by the will of God. “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. Answer: The account of Jesus cursing the barren fig tree is found in two different gospel accounts. The fact is – it may not be the Lord’s will. But they should be entering the throne room of God, simply asking and trusting Him to bless. The world may say that it hates hypocrisy, but it usually says that hypocritically. "How did the fig-tree immediately wither away?" 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). The tribulation ushers in the kingdom. It is probable that they were passing directly onward, and did not stop then to consider it. 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. Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. The world only hates YOUR hypocrisy, while it glories in its own. would the Lord have cursed it when there was no fruit? This tree tried to deceive its Creator, but it couldn’t get away with it. – even more than fig trees and grape vines – Jehovah expects to find fruit in us. 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. 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, 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. & Maimon. On the other hand, the Lord truly does hate hypocrisy. 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. Jesus spoke the Parable or the Lesson of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32-35 as such: “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as … A few minutes ago, I said that Matthew 24 was Jesus’ parable of the fig tree. The Syrians were driven by God back to their homes, never to be heard from again. 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. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. PART 8: The Parable Of The Fig Tree As A Sign. 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. we often best glorify God by serving the rest of creation. (t) R. Isaac, Chizzuk Emuna, par. But what does the parable of the fig tree mean? The same evangelist further observes, "and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not yet". ”Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. So constantly in Shakspeare: O'er whom I gave thee pow'r, here, to this place. The leaves declared that there should have been that sweet, energy-filled fruit on its branches. Matthew 24:32-51. They, like the fig-tree, promised fair. It turns my stomach to watch him, and I am certainly not holy as the Lord is holy. The Fig Tree Parable. But the death of this tree was a minor miracle – it was a negative miracle. 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. (z) Misn. The summer in Palestine begins in March, and it is no uncommon thing that figs should be eatable in April. The coming of the owner for fruit is God's desire for His people to produce good works. I’ve never read that Christ ate carrots or potatoes; nevertheless those veggies were created to serve us. – by loving, tending, feeding, evangelizing and teaching our friends, loved ones and neighbors. No. It was definitely identified as Jerusalem in Matt. And presently the fig tree withered away.”. . Is it the strength of our faith? Was Job correct in his assessment when he said that no hypocrite will come peaceable before the Lord? 31 So you too, when you see these things happening, know [without any doubt] that the kingdom of God is near. Not to do so, is to forsake our purpose for existence. 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". 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. Or was it that the Lord spent the early hours that day in prayer and fasting, skipping the breakfast that His disciples enjoyed? Presently, in popular speech, has acquired something of a future force. In depth inductive Bible study of Jesus' parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24:32-44, Mark 13:28-32, and Luke 21:29-33 are good for small group studies. In Matthew 24, Jesus told the Parable of the Fig Tree to His disciples (Matt 24:32ff). Similarly, Israel was created as a nation to glorify the God who saved her from Egypt – but she was barren. Let me go back to a thought that I shared with you this morning. & Maimon. “Look at how quickly its life came to an end.”. Having loaves, and appearing healthy and luxuriant, they presumed that there would be fruit on it. But a corollary to that thought might be that we often best glorify God by serving the rest of creation. Jesus Curses a Fig Tree (Matthew 21:18-22) 18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Erubin, fol. 1. 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… The fig tree represents the individual Israelite, especially the Jew in this case. The miracle is performed by the omnipotent God, not by our impotent faith. Jesus said unto it, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. How many people have been saved by the grace of God for the Lord’s glory and for the Lord’s service…. 18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. 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. “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. 34 I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place. 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. 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. That’s a silly question, but then again, not so silly. This verse is commonly left out of the Israel fig tree establishment scenario, as it destroys the concept. Lit., one single fig-tree. was not a dead or even a dying hulk of a tree. 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? He went up to it. Each and every sin is noted by God, and will eventually bring judgment. On the other hand, the Lord truly does hate hypocrisy. Fig trees, like grape vines, were created by Jehovah to bear fruit for man’s enjoyment and sustenance. Jesus said unto it, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. Mark says Mark 11:13, "Seeing a fig-tree afar off, having leaves, he came," etc. 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. This took place on the week of the Passover, or in the beginning of April. It is the grace of God which saves sinners, and. All the "curse" that was pronounced was in the words "that no fruit should grow on it." See Mark. But the lessons between the first fig tree parable and the second are somewhat different. Immediately the tree withered. 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! Mark says Mark 11:13, "he came, if haply he might find anything thereon." Apparently, hypocrisy brings us before the Lord, but the results are not good for us. 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 primary reason is that it’s not the Lord’s will. This morning we want to return in our study to Matthew chapter 21. Maybe it was to carry off all the abundant produce. That is, before another day. Why is it that WE are not moving mountains? What are the lessons that we have here? A second lesson here is highlighted by the leaves – HYPOCRISY. And at once the fig tree withered. 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. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near–at the doors! Excerpt from my post, "The Fig Tree and The Mountain" - Hos. Christ Jesus speaks more about hypocrisy than anyone else in the Bible, but, Was Job correct in his assessment when he said that. Figs, in Palestine, are commonly ripe at the Passover. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”, Several thousand years after that, along comes, “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. 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. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" But it was barren. 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. Oh, perhaps they never intended to become hypocrites, but that is what they have become nevertheless. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. A few hours later, coming down the slope of Olivet, He saw what appeared to be an healthy fig tree. 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. 2. c. 30. p. 421. The next day the disciples came by, and it looked like it had been dead for years. And said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee ... - Mark calls this "cursing" the tree Mark 11:21. (u) Demonstration of the Messiah, par. Hezekiah simply went into the House of the Lord and he laid out that letter before God. Like the Old Testament prophets who, at the command of God, became living parables, here we have another living and dying parable. 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. Mount of Olives. The word “hypocrite” is a transliteration from Greek, not a translation. Seeing a fig tree by the road, He went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. We just need to learn to love, serve and trust God to do what is best in His omniscient sight. 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. 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." The Fig Tree … That was full of leaves, and they full of professions. 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). 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