Who can stand? We have the advantage of hindsight. 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. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. It looked okay from a distance. That’s what he wants for you. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. We will have to let Jesus rule in our church. As we see things roll toward their fulfillment, we never take our eyes off the promise of the eternal kingdom. And like Adam and Eve after the fall, this fig tree, though full in leaf, was useful only to cover nakedness. Because there was this hypocritical fig tree in Bethany that was going to serve as an object lesson about the hypocritical temple in Jerusalem. 15-19), True worship has faith in God (vv. This is Jesus’ offer to come into your dead religious heart and drive out what doesn’t belong. 28–32). He shows us that we are like that. Now, this story is really interesting from a historical perspective. Figs are used to describe fruitfulness from the land coming from the Lord’s blessing, provision and abundance … Continue reading "The Lesson of the Fig Tree" 15 And they came to Jerusalem. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in… 20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. He showed us the kind of forgiving heart God has. The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree. When Jesus went back to the temple that day, he went on a mission. In the Parable of the Talents, the man with one talent was judged severely for his faithlessness to the gift given (Matthew 15:30). But it wasn’t God’s final solution for communion with him. What? But they look real. It was like the fig tree—full of leaf but without fruit. True worship bears fruit for God (vv. One day Jesus was walking along the road and He saw a fig tree. Look at verse 23. Jesus says “learn a lesson from the fig tree.” This does not mean interpret what the fig tree is. Login or Create an Account. I’m not saying this is easy. The test of true worship doesn’t reside in showy religiosity but in God-glorifying life. The lesson of the fig tree is that we should bear spiritual fruit ( Galatians 5:22-23 ), not just give an appearance of religiosity. And thus, the scene is set for next week as we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. But stories and songs trick them and go around—kind of like Jesus’ stories and lessons. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”. If people leave the church because the Bible makes it hard for them to worship God, that’s between them and God. However long this era lasts, it will only end with the Second Coming and Final Judgment. What happens when Jesus shows up to people like that? We need fruit. Notice Jesus doesn’t say “a” mountain. But they came straight from the beach, without shoes and without shirts. Yet at the same time, none of us knows how much time we have left—so we'd better get moving! Cresting the Mount of Olives in Bethany, they saw a citadel built by Herod the Great for refuge in case of war. Sinners couldn’t get close to God. On the beach, there were oil deposits. 34 “Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. And in Jesus, it could not be easier. Didn’t do anything. Jesus was hungry. The vineyard owner represents God, the one who rightly expects to see fruit on His tree and who justly decides to destroy it when He finds none. 20-25). Well, here’s the rest of the story. It was where God dwelt on Earth with man. How open the kingdom is? Why did he do that? He cleans things out. According to the prophecy of the fig tree, Christ Ahnsahnghong started to preach the gospel as it says, “He is near, right at the door.” As spiritual King David he got baptized at the age of 30, and he started to preach the gospel from 1948 also to fulfill the prophecy of the fig tree. Just looked around. Jesus said learn the lesson from the fig tree, there is a certain lesson Jesus wants us to learn. Why is he talking about faith and prayer and moving mountains and forgiving? The gardener, or vineyard keeper who cares for … To reiterate this moral, Jesus tells the story of the fig tree, the vineyard owner, and the gardener who took care of the vineyard. So let’s look at each part, and notice how to spot the real thing—how to spot true worship of God. 19 And when evening came they went out of the city. Last week, we saw from Mark 11:1-11 the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. We have an amazing capacity for self-deception and self-justification. He cares only that you come. “But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32). As Jesus’ body was torn on the cross, the temple curtain was also torn, as Matthew tells us “from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51), meaning, God tore it. That’s the question. But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. Add to my study list. And you know what that makes you? How can we get that? Jesus stood in the outer court of the temple, the only place Gentiles could go to find God. I wonder if you remember a little interesting thing in verse 11. Gullahorn’s song ends like this, showing just how foolish our self-deception is. He blocks more harm from getting in. The Jews could enter the next level. There is a framework in the Old Testament in which the words of the Gospel lesson make a bit more sense. It proves once again that Jesus is God. First, Jesus explains the power and importance of faith — it is faith in God that gave him the power to curse the fig tree and make it wither overnight and similar faith on the disciples’ part will give them the power to work other wonders. God brought revival. EWTN News, Inc. is the world’s largest Catholic news organization, comprised of television, radio, No one eats from it again. A temple fit for true worship. These new God-seekers walked into the church building with oil on their feet and it got all over the carpet. It’s a dead tree, no matter how full the leaves are. Like this fig tree, the nation of Israel has a deceptive appearance. And he didn’t know until he bit in and found no taste. God loves to bring sinners to himself. Let’s pick it up in verse 12. Later, four disciples press further about the timeframe of this coming horror. Then, he was willing to wait another year while the vineyard keeper fertilized the tree before exercising final judgment on the tree. It didn’t happen all at once. It is possible to be outwardly religious and inwardly dead. A quick transfer was made. Here’s the point. Isaiah 56 is about the nations coming to God. The place that was meant for finding freedom in God became a place where it was hard to find God. His leaves never whither and his fruit never fades for those who need it. You get his atoning death. And though we can see that clearly now, it wasn’t so easy to see in Jesus’ day. LESSONS OF THE FIG TREE As Jesus and His disciples were traveling from Bethany to Jerusalem the day after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus saw a fig tree having leaves, but upon closer inspection He saw it had no fruit “for it was not the season for figs” (Mark 11:13). The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Why settle for anything less when we can have real righteousness? But what is this mountain? So he cursed it, saying, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”, If you think this is a bit odd, you’re not alone. All we need to know is that each instant marches onward toward God’s fulfillment, gaining momentum as it goes. We will have to open our hearts to those not like us. Jesus tells us right here. He was done looking. It withered. 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