Greetings to the Father, Son, Spirit, angels and saints in Christ. I would like to end today by sharing about Jesus and the fig tree (Mt 21: 19 – 22, Mk 11: 12-14). Jesus was hungry and wanted food, so he went up to a fig tree because it had leaves, but no figs. Mk 11: 14 says that Jesus answered and told the tree that no man should eat from it forever. Next day as He returned, the disciples were amazed that the tree had dried up. He responded the following in Mk 11: 23- 26, “Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 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. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses”. Now Jesus’ response was that faith would cause mountains to move. Did he lack faith to cause the tree to produce figs? No He did not, but it seems that the fig tree refused to produce fruit at His command. This is why Mt 11: 14 says that He “answered and said unto it”. Where is the missing question? Why didn’t the disciples write the question? Let’s see if Matthew did so. What was wrong with the fig tree?

Matthew’s account does not indicate whether or not Jesus had a dialogue with the tree, therefore we can fill this in from Mark’s account, lest we say the Lord was unfair to the poor fig tree. While Jesus taught the disciples a lesson on power of the word in their mouths, we can also learn other lessons about the importance of planting something that will bear fruit as well as the importance of investing in things that are fruitful. The teaching can be applied to finances and relationships (and maybe more). Jesus basically taught us to stop beating abround the bush with situations and people that produce nothing. We think that they can supply a need, but they are only about appearances and empty promises. He could have easily turned a stone into bread, but the fig tree looked as if it had the goods or the potential. This is why we cannot judge a thing by the appearance. We’ve got to be careful, particularly when the investment will incur a cost. Is it an “I do” at the marraige altar, a committment of valuable time and resources? We need to judge or discern the the spirit of the thing in order to benefit fully from the investment. Blessings and more to come.