This morning we continue with our sermon series on the parables of Christ. Matthew condenses both of those into just one narrative, from verse 18 to 22. And this is his whole message constantly to his people. We stopped in Brussels, Belgium, and we got out into the airport, and they lined up a mass of them along the windows, and they began to do their genuflecting with the little boxes on their head and the phylacteries on their arms. The Christians in the land of Israel today are almost invisible. It’s religion without reality, and they’re cursed. He accomplished much during those seven days and not a single moment was wasted by our Lord. On the dawning of the next day – Tuesday – He again entered the city. Israel as the fig tree. So, we move from the predicament to the parable in verse 19. It was all established in Deuteronomy 28. And, you know, a lot of folks start their prayer – oh, great faith – and they don’t get an answer in the next 24 hours, and… phist. This is similar to John – to Matthew 17:20. In other words, the faith that we must have in prayer is not faith in our ideas. Let’s call this the predicament. a. This article is also available and sold as a booklet. They’re under a curse: the curse that our Lord pronounced upon them, the curse that Isaiah pronounced upon them, the curse that’s pronounced upon them by God in Deuteronomy. Continue reading Jesus of Nazareth Meets Nathanael of the Fig Tree – A Sermon on John 1:43-51, Epiphany 2B. The next day they came by, it was already dead. In to her words, He was attracted to it because it did have leaves. And may we pray for mountains to be cast into seas. Then they came to Jerusalem. And some of you are not seeing God work in your life simply because there’s no persistence in your prayer; there’s no continuance in your prayer; there’s no strengthening. Okay? Their worship had become an exercise of hypocrisy. As a result of that, the religious leaders began to look for a way to kill Him because He was a threat to their system. Mark says, in Mark 11, that it was not the season of figs. They misunderstand the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the Messiah today as much as they did in the past. But that is the essence of His humanness. He cursed it. It’s not saying, “Well, you know, I’d like to have that, and if I have enough faith, I’ll get it.” No, no, no. If Allah says we have peace with Israel, we have peace. And He has in mind not only Israel but particularly Jerusalem, which demonstrates this holy zeal for God’s name, which busily engages in religious activity, all utterly fruitless. Fruit. The fruit comes before the leaves. And you can get all tangled up in the sovereignty of God, and then you can make your prayer life literally impotent. We throw superficial, shallow, little prayers at God that are so trite, lack so much intensity and so much passion that they dishonor God by even being offered. Work in every heart this day. I mean He cursed that thing, and I was dead. Just as the owner of the vineyard gave the fig tree a second chance, God gives us a second chance too and it is important for us to know that we don't have to do it alone. A fig tree in the Old Testament was a symbol of blessing, of peace, of abundance – and that was due both to the fruit it bore and to the shade it gave. That’s in Mark chapter 11. That is the first principle. Oh, surely they would have. The first day He’s on His way to the temple, and He stops and curses a fig tree because it has nothing but leaves. The spies in Numbers 13 went into the land, came out and reported that there were fig trees there, and that was a demonstration of the great treasure of that land. “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”. Being reminded, Peter said to him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which you cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:20–22) Look again at the last four words in that passage. Not about rituals, judging and making money. Because when He came in on Tuesday, and when He came in on the morning of Wednesday – on both of those two days, there was a fig tree that came into play. All rights reserved. But instead of attacking Rome, He attacked Judaism. God preserves His people in an unblessed situation, and someday they’re going to enter into that blessing. Register. Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. Verse 22 is a dynamic verse. The Saviour, when he came under the fig tree, did not desire leaves; for we read that he hungered, and human hunger cannot be removed by leaves of a fig tree. Life for them is reduced to the basic things: survival and defense. I’m weary of not seeing the hand of God in an almighty way. c. So they turned the court of the Gentiles into a market place that served the purpose of selling sacrificial animals for temple use. Right? Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. And it is still so. Jesus cleansed the temple, and thus He denounced their religion. You wish that tree dead, and it was dead.”. That’s not mustard seed; that’s not getting stronger, and bigger, and larger. In other words, if I know that something is consistent with God’s mind, if I know it is consistent with His will, if I know it is consistent with His purpose, if I know it is consistent with His desire, then I believe that, and I can see that come to pass. Very important. We went down for the sacred lighting of the first candle of Hanukkah against the wall. He was teaching and saying, “Is it not written, And then, Lord, for those of us who are fruit-bearing Christians, but who have never really been faithful to persistent prayer and therefore never seeing Your power the way we could see it, call us, O God, by Your Spirit to a more faithful prayer life, through greater diligence. i. In Isaiah chapter 5, you have a similar kind of passage, where the Lord says, “I have planted a noble vine” – that’s the nation Israel – “and a very fruitful hill” – that’s the land of Canaan. Picture a bully named Mo, twice as big as Calvin. Christ, when He prayed in the garden, cried out to the point where He sweat, as it were, great drops of blood because of the soul anguish that was poured out in His prayer. Parable of the Fruitless Fig Tree Luke 13.1-9 . a. Fig trees can get 20 feet high, and then get 20 feet wide, and their great shade trees. – a very large bush. Sometimes, people would sit and have conversations under a fig tree. He said, “You couldn’t do it because of your unbelief. THE FRUITLESS FIG TREE. But we need to stop at this point. I mean when’s the last time you saw some mountain moved into the sea because you didn’t doubt God but you persisted in prayer? 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. The, “Hosannas to the son of David, blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” rang throughout that city, as they hailed Him as their Messiah, their long-awaited King, the one who could raise the dead and had demonstrated that by raising Lazarus, and whom they believed would now come as the conquering hero to throw over the Roman yoke and liberate the children of Israel from their bondage. “Jesus answered and said unto them” – now He turns to His disciples - “‘Verily’” – and this is here for emphasis, to affirm the certainty of what He said - “‘I say to you, if you have faith and doubt not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if shall say to this mountain, “Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea,” it shall be done.’” Stop there. The context, the circumstances. This time He went directly to the temple. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. That fig tree is symbolic of Israel. So Jesus cursed a fig tree. 20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And this was not consistent with what they expected. I don’t know if you know it, but in Jewish literature, a rooter up of mountains was a metaphor for a great spiritual leader. The second day, when they came back in by the same tree, they saw that it was already dead.” It wasn’t dying; it was already dead. Then in verse 15, “But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee: cursed shalt thou be in the city, in the field, thy basket, thy kneading trough, the fruit of thy body, the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy cows and the flocks of thy sheep. And many of these people, around their waist, they wear the right little tassels that hang down to identify themselves with the law. You claim it; it’s yours.” And he claimed it, and it fell through. But up on the hilltop, it just didn’t happen that in April fig trees bloomed and bore fruit. But fig trees are very common to that part of the world. That’s a profound lesson. The first principle, we could say, is the obvious truth that profession without reality is cursed. I want the best that God wants for this ministry, whatever it is. You know, that land has been denuded and stripped naked so many, many times, that they’re having a reforestation project now to put it back to what it used to be, but it was made naked by so many different conquerors who came in and built all their war machines out of the wood. ii. In a way, you could almost think of meeting under a fig-tree as the biblical equivalent of meeting at a Starbucks. a. Boy, how fast that thing died. It is amazing that Jesus was able to pack so much activity into a seven day period of time. Many have tried to explain this story to justify Jesus' actions. The gardener who asks for more time in the life of the tree is Christ. So, what you see here are two acts of kingly authority: the cleansing of the temple and the cursing of the tree. He's swinging on a swing in the school playground. They are not interested in one who will confront them about their sins; they’re interested in a political, military, economic, and social Savior. And they would stand up at their prayer times, in the middle of the aisle in the plane, and they would wrap the phylacteries around their head, because in Deuteronomy it says, “Bind the law of God on your forehead and on your arm.” And so, they put the box on their head, and they tie the thing all around their head, and then they put it on their wrist, and then they tie it all around their arm, and then they drop a big shawl over their head. He laid the ax at the root of the tree, and He did it because there was nothing but leaves, nothing but leaves. The fig tree is a symbol of the prosperity and the wealth and the richness of that land agriculturally. And today there aren’t surely nearly the fig trees there were once; they’ve had to be replanted. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. In this case the fig tree story helps us to understand what Jesus is doing clearing the Temple. They were amazed. A sermon on the parable of the fig tree. Let’s pray. “And I looked for it to bring forth grapes, and it brought forth sour berries. But we need to stop at this point. And He has a teaching that He wants to convey, and He does it in parabolic form. We think that God builds His Church by better programs. If you've ever driven that way, you will have noticed the many, huge fig trees along the roadside. And after the conclusion of that procession, He returned to Bethany on Monday night and spent the night in the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. He said, “Learn the lesson of the fig tree.” We don’t know if Peter, James, John, or any of the earliest disciples understood what he meant. The disciples came back; they couldn’t do a miracle they wanted to do. On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And they believe that the whole Arab world, at any moment, would like to put them out of existence. It may have been that it was near a brook, and water was in abundance, provided to the roots. He uses anything and everything to teach spiritual truth, and He does it here, too. Both of those are acts of sovereign authority. And we can’t ask for stuff that’s out of His will, and how does He know if He wants to do it?” So forth and so on. Guest. People would often walk by a fig tree and pluck off a fig and munch away as they strolled on. Now, what is the parable? With its focus on business, the temple supplied no fruit, did not nourish any hungry or thirsty soul with the gospel of peace-with-God and forgiveness of sins. Intro: We are walking with Jesus and His disciples through the last week of His earthly life. Jesus cursed the fig tree, and thus He denounces their nation as fruitless. – fruit: some hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. It was too early for the fruit to have died. They’re preserved because God will redeem them in the future when the Messiah comes. The outlines, discussion questions, and lessons to learn are perfect for personal study or small groups. (For the theological significance of this “intercalation,” see Overview, 11:15–19.) I want that. Notice at the end of verse 19, “Immediately the fig tree withered away.” When He cursed it, it died. a. Jesus, among other things, was a prophet. And they genuflect and bob up and down toward Jerusalem all the way, you know? It is in the morning. Not because we ask in our name, because John 14:13 and 14 says it has to be in Christ’s name. Please respond to confirm your registration. Jesus' parable of the barren fig tree in Luke 13:6-9. In fact there are some Orthodox Jews in Israel who do not recognize the State of Israel. And we watched these people, their hands against the wall, doing this and sticking prayer requests in cracks. In other words, the Lord is saying if you believe in God enough to be persistent in your prayers, and to start out small and keep praying, and keep praying, and keep praying; let that faith strengthen, and strengthen, and strengthen, then God’s going to respond to that. In contrast, Jesus gave an extremely important prophecy that applies to our time. And that is why they put Him to death. And how is that appropriated? This is His message the next day, “You’re doomed.” Boy, they really didn’t expect their Messiah to come to deliver that word, did they? They have denied the revelation of God in their own Messiah. If you didn’t bring a Bible along, there’s one in the pew near you, I trust, or you might look on with someone nearby. Deuteronomy chapter 28. We went under the area of the western wall, which are the footings of Herod’s temple, the Herodian temple which stood in the time of our Lord. The first three verses of this section form the second part of the story of the fig tree (11:12–14), which sandwiches the account of the cleansing of the temple. Mustard seed starts small, gets big. They turned it into something that the Gentiles would have no use for. And breakfast, in Israel, is a big thing. And this is a principle for the disciples. And you’re just overwhelmed with this leaves without fruit kind of religion. I’m a King, but not the kind of king you’re used to.”. And He says, “You’ve got the same power available. And so, our Lord, in His hunger, sees this fig tree, and it says it was along the way, which means it was a roadside fig tree; He wasn’t invading someone’s private orchard. I want the best that God wants for this church. Israel was often symbolized by the fig tree throughout the OT such as in Hosea 9:10. And he said to the dresser of his vineyard, ‘Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none.’” I don’t know, maybe that has something to say to connect up with the three years of our Lord’s ministry, calling for fruit from Israel. Powerful. The next frame has no words. There are paradoxes in the Bible that I don’t understand. God's forgiveness, His love and ultimately His judgment. I want God to be at work, and I know that the plan here is given very clearly if we ask in prayer, not doubting. I want the best that God wants for you. d. The sale of animals for sacrifice had become a lucrative source of revenue for the Sanhedrin. That’s what our enemies want to do to us again; remember that. Thus, instead of merely cursing and killing a lowly fig tree, Jesus is saying that Judaism itself is cursed and will die off — “dry up at the roots,” as a later passage explains when the disciples see the tree the next day (in Matthew, the tree dies immediately). Thus, instead of merely cursing and killing a lowly fig tree, Jesus is saying that Judaism itself is cursed and will die off — “dry up at the roots,” as a later passage explains when the disciples see the tree the next day (in Matthew, the tree dies immediately). They are still not interested in the one who is the Son of Righteousness. And He pronounces judgment. Sure there’s a connection. And so, if you see a tree with leaves, what should you expect? Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. And may we go to prayer on behalf of each other and the purposes of our Lord and His glorious kingdom. Verse 18, “Now in the morning, as He returned into the city, He was hungry.” Now, we’ll stop there for a moment. Then on Monday morning, a very great event took place. It may have been that He’d been in spiritual battle. Palestine was a land of fig trees. – you’re cursed. We think God builds His Church by better plans, by better ideas, and we fail to realize that where God really wants to reveal His power is through persistent prayers of His people. That’s what they’re saying. I’m weary of people without power. So to say, “If you have faith and doubt not,” is to say that God is able and will do what He says He will do, then you can see it done. He will gather His wheat into the granary and burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Like this fig tree, the nation of Israel has a deceptive appearance. Brian Donovan The Fig Tree And we saw them in the very special, holy place, the holiest place that they believe they have in their land, the place where they think they have access to the Holy of Holies, the escape hatch where the priest could get out when he got out in the Holy of Holies and wanted to get out and get cleansed and get back in without the people knowing. And they’re going through religious motions. The pilot is saying, “Please be seated and buckle your seatbelt,” or “Take your seat in the aisle; we’re trying to serve lunch,” or whatever. It had died immediately from His curse; they just didn’t see its death until the next day. So, how is he going to recover from that? The people of this nation are in a covenant relationship with God, and they might outwardly appear to observe his Law. The lesson of the tree applies to Israel, symbolized in the OT as God's fig tree. The Lord’s going to send on you cursing, vexation, rebuke” – and it goes on and on and on, clear to the end of the chapter; that’s verse 68. Without power. In fact, it becomes commonplace; you don’t think anything of it. They would have nothing to do with Him, and they said it, “We will not have this man to reign over us. And the principle I want you to see because He points it out is in verses 21 and 22. And if you don’t understand them, you won’t understand why they wanted Him dead. And for a fig tree to have leaves in April was very uncommon. b. Jesus would often accuse the religious leaders of hypocrisy. I trust you examine your own heart in that regard. Jesus was using the fig tree as an illustration of hypocrisy. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. On Sunday morning, a great multitude from the city move out because the word is out that Jesus is, in fact, in Bethany. And this power’s available to you through faith. b. c. The people of Israel had the mission of proclaiming the truth of God not just to themselves but to ALL people. When we left New York, we were on the plane with a whole lot of Orthodox Jews committed to Orthodox performance. And so, He does what must be done: He cleanses the temple; He curses the tree. Big Idea: Jesus cleared the temple so ALL people could hear about God, we are called to a purpose that is all inclusive. That doesn’t matter to them at all. And there He stays in the home of three dear friends: Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. It just never had any. After prophesying about His return and the events that would precede it, Jesus taught the Parable of the Budding Fig Tree. And having been affirmed and inaugurated as King on Monday, He then proceeds immediately to do two kingly things. This is a most interesting thing. One comes to my mind in general, a rather massive one that we saw growing beside an old building in Caesarea on the sea – Mediterranean Sea. In Isaiah 9, it says of Him, “The government will be upon His shoulder.” Zechariah 9 talks about His kingliness. And I warn you that if you’re life is a life of leaves without fruit, you are cursed and doomed just like the nation Israel was. b. So the temple would sell them at a premium price because people needed them. Now, people, the cleansing of the temple and the cursing of the tree then, you see, is very dramatic, don’t you? He comes to the tree, finds only leaves, and says unto it – verse 19, in the middle of the verse – “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever.”, Mark 11, recording the same incident, says that Peter said He cursed the tree. That’s that ridiculous stuff that you hear being propagated today, “Well, if you have enough faith, you can have everything.”, I heard about a pastor yesterday who claimed a whole piece of property for his church. The fig tree showed the signs that it should have figs on it, yet it didn't. It’s the same thing, “You disobey Me, you are under judgment.” And they’re under that. f. The Jewish historian Josephus recorded in AD66, as the Roman armies were coming against Jerusalem, 255,000 lambs were slaughtered in Jerusalem during the passover. Lord, if there are some in our fellowship – and we know there are – who have nothing but leaves, whose lives are devoid of fruit, who shall meet the Master, bearing their withered leaves while He looks for perfect fruit, and stand before Him humbled, mute, waiting the words He breathes, “Nothing but leaves?”. He killed that tree with His word, “Tree, you’re dead from here on.”. Good morning. 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