Monday, February 10, 2014

The Withered Fig Tree

Mark 11:13 (KJV)  And seeing a fig tree afar 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.

In Mark 11 we read how Jesus cursed a fig tree that was not bearing fruit (figs). After cursing the fig tree, Jesus went on to clear the temple of those selling animals for sacrifice and exchanging money. There is wonderful revelation in these stories.

The fig tree tells a story about mankind. Man is often likened to a tree in Scripture (Ps 1:3, Jer 17:8). The first mention of fig leaves in the Bible is in Genesis Chapter 3. Adam and Eve had eaten the forbidden fruit and realized they were naked. Since they felt shame, they covered themselves with fig leaves (Ge 3:7). When they ate the forbidden fruit, they brought a curse upon themselves (Ge 3:16-19). The Fig tree in Mark 11 is descriptive of Adam and Eve covered with nothing but fig leaves.

Mark 11:20 says the fig tree was withered from the roots. This makes a connection to all of mankind, since we came from Adam. This story is saying that the time of fruitfulness---the season of figs---was not yet come.

After Jesus cursed the fig tree, He went on to clear the temple. The Bible says the born-again believer is the temple of God (1 Cor 6:19). In order for this to be possible, we had to be cleaned out. This all takes place through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus.

Salvation did not come until after the cross. Mark 11:25 says, "And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses." That was before the cross. After the cross, we forgive because we are forgiven (Eph 4:32, Col 3:13).

It is so much easier to forgive when you understand the gift of salvation. It is so much easier to bear fruit when you receive fruit. If you want to learn to love, learn about how much God loves you. If you want to be patient---learn How patient God is for you. The season for figs came after the cross. We are no longer rooted in Adam, but now we are rooted in Christ (Col 2:7).

Be blessed!

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