4. 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. 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. 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.”. This took place on the week of the Passover, or in the beginning of April. And it paid the ultimate price. 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. Then later when God permitted us to kill and eat meat, the purpose of the cow, the sheep and the deer became apparent as well. Christ could have been talking about fig trees, when He said, “When thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” This is the parable of the fig tree. Jesus and the Fig Tree. This tree tried to deceive its Creator, but it couldn’t get away with it. "And presently the fig-tree withered away." 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. On the other hand, the Lord truly does hate hypocrisy. But this tree was alive and healthy one moment and then in a matter of moments it was shriveled up and dead. – where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. It is our purpose – the reason for our existence. 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! Jesus said unto it, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. 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? Yet both were equally barren; and as that was destroyed, so they were soon to be. Excerpt from my post, "The Fig Tree and The Mountain" - Hos. Not far off "from the road," but at a considerable distance from the place where he was. 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. Josephus, indeed, says that fruit might be found on the trees in Judæa for ten months out of the twelve. The coming of the owner for fruit is God's desire for His people to produce good works. The fact is – it may not be the Lord’s will. The Parable of the Fig Tree. Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. The fig tree generation is the generation that will not pass till all things prophesied in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 be fulfilled. 1. Most scholars believe that Mark was the first gospel and was used as a source by the authors of Matthew and Luke. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. The fig tree was the metaphor YHVH associated with Israel, and the remnant of Israel - Judea and Jerusalem. Oh, perhaps they never intended to become hypocrites, but that is what they have become nevertheless. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees. would the Lord have cursed it when there was no fruit? It was a common word in Greek literature referring to an actor – an imitator – a professional deceiver. The world only hates YOUR hypocrisy, while it glories in its own. 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. Fruits and vegetables were ordained to meet the needs of mankind. A second lesson here is highlighted by the leaves – HYPOCRISY. I invite you to take your Bible and do that. The Jews used the word "curse" not as always implying "wrath or anger," but to devote to "death," or to any kind of destruction, Hebrews 6:8. Answer: The account of Jesus cursing the barren fig tree is found in two different gospel accounts. 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. “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. Jesus’ parable of the fig tree teaches that when we see the right signs in the tree we should expect figs. This parable, about the Kingdom of God , involves a fig tree , as does the equally brief parable of the barren fig tree . 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. Was it at Lazarus’ house, or was it some other place? And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!” (Matthew 21… 35. Why did God create MAN? 21:18-21. It means only "devoting it to destruction," or causing it to wither away. “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. Erubin, fol. Sure all trees eventually die – some live long lives and others very short lives – by the will of God. Who can say for sure? 9:10 compared the people of Israel to a fig tree. On the other hand, the Lord truly does hate hypocrisy. (w) Jarchi & Bartenora in Misn. Luke 21:29-33. Hezekiah simply went into the House of the Lord and he laid out that letter before God. How many people have actually promised to serve the Lord at some point in their lives….. And how many people have broken their promise? 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. But the death of this tree was a minor miracle – it was a negative miracle. Is it the, of our faith? Not to do so, is to forsake our purpose for existence. – “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. It was therefore common property and anyone might lawfully use its fruit. What are the lessons that we have here? 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. It was green and healthy. Sheviith, fol. 18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. – by loving, tending, feeding, evangelizing and teaching our friends, loved ones and neighbors. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. 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. The third lesson in this tree is a bit more positive – FAITH. And at once the fig tree withered. 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 fig tree represents the individual Israelite, especially the Jew in this case. in ib. How many Christians have fruitless lives, because to one degree or another they are hypocrites? Matthew would lead us to suppose that it was on the day following. Now, what He saw flashed upon Him in a moment (if we may so speak) as the parable embodied. Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. Perhaps it was to give the Lord someone to graciously save. They, like the fig-tree, promised fair. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”. 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. The generation which sees the signs that He had just described should be assured that the end is at hand. He came to it.—St. And presently the fig tree withered away.”. Behold the fig-tree — Christ spake this in the spring, just before the passover; when all the trees were budding on the mount of Olives, where they then were. A few minutes ago, I said that Matthew 24 was Jesus’ parable of the fig tree. Why was the Lord hungry? Maybe it was to keep all the prosperous plants separate. Then the sentence, “Cut it down,” had been delayed, as in the hope of a possible amendment. Rev., in margin. was not a dead or even a dying hulk of a tree. There may be lots of reasons, but the primary one has nothing to do with the size of our faith. 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. The fig tree, and all the trees (την συκην και παντα τα δενδρα — tēn sukēn kai panta ta dendra). trust God to do what is best in His omniscient sight. – even more than fig trees and grape vines – Jehovah expects to find fruit in us. 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. & Maimon. 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. That was full of leaves, and they full of professions. Was there any other reason for God’s creation of man? Mark says Mark 11:13, "he came, if haply he might find anything thereon." And why did God create fruit trees; grape vines and root vegetables? His request was that the mountain of the Syrian army be removed, and God did exactly that. It is our purpose – the reason for our existence. And presently the fig tree withered away. 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). In yet another of Jesus’ parables, He describes a wicked servant and then concludes with the words, “cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Where do hypocrites belong? & Demai, c. 1. sect. Matthew 21:19 Commentaries: Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, "No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you." “And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! 2. p. 38. 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. 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. That is, the time "of gathering" the figs was not yet, or had not passed. 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…. (z) Misn. (We don’t know it is a millenium until Revelation.) Rev. Lit., one single fig-tree. The Fig Tree … 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. I’ve never read that Christ ate carrots or potatoes; nevertheless those veggies were created to serve us. 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. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. If it hadn’t promised fruit, would the Lord have cursed it when there was no fruit? (u) Demonstration of the Messiah, par. We are not to suppose that our Lord was ignorant of the true condition of the tree, but he acted according to the appearance of things; being a man as well as divine, he acted, of course, as people do act in such circumstances. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. No. Luke 21:29-31 Amplified Bible (AMP) Parable of the Fig Tree. 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. I will do such a thing presently means, I will do it, not immediately, but soon. It has been commonly thought that the Saviour performed this miracle to denote the sudden "withering away" or destruction of the Jewish people. 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