Our study in Genesis 1 now takes us to the third day of creation. In this great opening chapter of the Scripture we are learning something of how God made the world, but more primarily why God made the heavens and the earth. And God said, "Let the waters under the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. And God said, "Let the earth put forth vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, upon the earth.
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The next day as they were leaving Bethany he was hungry. Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf, he went over to see if he could find anything on it. When he reached it he found nothing but leaves; it was not the time for figs.
Mark — This is a very unique and interesting story. The first thing this tells us is that Jesus was fully human. As a man, He was hungry. But this story tells us much more than the simple fact that Jesus was hungry. He would have known that it was not the season for figs to grow, but He decided to look for a fig anyway. And when He found none, He cursed the fig tree and, as we read later in this chapter, the tree withered and died.
This was a symbolic action for the sake of His disciples, in that His disciples heard Him curse the tree and later saw that the tree had withered.
Saint Bede, an early Church Father, tells us that this action of Jesus had an allegorical purpose. The tree is symbolic of the many people Jesus encountered, and continues to encounter today, who failed to bear good fruit in their lives. They were the Pharisees and others who practiced their faith only in an external way. The leaves, Saint Bede tells us, were symbolic of the externals of the faith, and the lack of fruit was a symbol of the missing interior fruit of holiness and good works.
This lesson tells us that Jesus is very demanding. He is determined to discover good fruit in our lives. He wants us to become authentically holy. And when He finds only the externals, He will rebuke us in love, taking even the externals away.
What good fruit does our Lord want to find in your life? How does He want you to manifestly grow in holiness? Do you go through the motions, attend Mass, say some prayers, but fail to produce an abundance of virtue, compassion, mercy and goodness? Do you say you believe in our Lord but then fail to preach the holy Gospel with both your words and your actions? If our Lord were to come to you, as He came to this fig tree, what would He find?
Being a Christian is not something that is exclusively between you and God. Being a Christian requires that you be so given over to the service of God and others that God is able to do incredible things through you.
The Christian faith must produce good fruit in your life and through you in the lives of others. And it must do so in an abundant way. Reflect, today, upon the holy image of Jesus walking over to this fig tree inspecting it for a fig. See this tree as an image of your soul and see the hunger in the heart of our Lord. As He looks at you and your life, will He be satiated? Will He find holiness and manifest good works?
Or will He find little to nothing other than external claims that you are a Christian? My demanding Lord, You call all Your followers to a holiness that is lived, transforming, manifest and fruitful for Your Kingdom. Help me to be a Christian not only in name but especially in action. May my life truly bear the good fruit of holiness and may that holiness become a means by which You feed the spiritual hunger of Your people. Jesus, I trust in You. More Gospel Reflections.
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These small group studies of Matthew contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, teaching points, and applications. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Jesus curses the fig tree II. Parable of two sonsWhy did Jesus curse the fig tree? Was He angry and annoyed? What lesson was He teaching His disciples through this?
Hi to all, many do not believe that Israel was set aside, BUT that is not Ephesians If a tree isn't bearing fruit then Jesus says it's taken away and.
What does it mean to have Jesus as Lord and Savior? When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, it involves a recognition of His lordship, for the Savior who saved us when we received Him by faith is the Lord Jesus Christ. Discover the lyrics and story behind this amazing hymn below along with video performances! Matthew's Christ. HebrewsHe is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. Sin is any act that displeases God, as sin separates us from God, who is perfect, such that the payment we are to pay for sin is spiritual death-- permanent separation from God. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. Matthew shows ages of prophecy to be fulfilled in Christ. See more ideas about jesus, bible inspiration, christian quotes.
A branch can start out in the vine Jesus and still be cut off at a later stage due to lack of fruit. We are not saved by either faith alone or works alone, but the two must go together. The following are some things we learn from JohnJohn I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any.
This chapter is based on Mark , 20, 21 ; MatthewThe triumphal ride of Christ into Jerusalem was the dim foreshadowing of His coming in the clouds of heaven with power and glory, amid the triumph of angels and the rejoicing of the saints. This scene Christ foresaw when He beheld the city and wept over it. In the temporal ruin of Jerusalem He saw the final destruction of that people who were guilty of the blood of the Son of God. DA
THIS is a miracle and a parable. We have books upon the miracles, we have an equal number of volumes upon the parables: into which of these volumes shall we place this story? I would answer, put it in both. It is a singular miracle, and it is a striking parable. It is an acted parable, in which our Lord gives us an object-lesson.
every tree is known by its fruit.” In prayer, ask Jesus to show you areas where you are not bearing good fruit—perhaps in your friendships or.
Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands. Now it happened on the second Sabbath : If the unnamed first Sabbath was the one mention in Luke , Luke gave this time marker to show how busy Jesus had been in the two weeks second Sabbath since the Sabbath mentioned in LukeClarke, along with others, believe this phrase refers to the first Sabbath after the Passover.
Christians of all stripes — from Catholics to Protestants and evangelicals — consistently and often overwhelmingly vote Republican. The core tenets of the modern Republican Party, however, are at stark odds with biblical scripture. Over the last four decades, few priorities have consumed the Republican Party more than economic policies that benefit the ultra-wealthy. The Ronald Reagan presidency, in particular, ushered in an era where corporate bottom lines took precedence over fair wages for American workers. The rise of the Reagan-Republican ethos, which preaches the elevation of shareholder profit over virtually all other considerations, directly influenced decades of outsourcing of American jobs to countries with vast pools of cheap labor. Ditto for union-busting and the adoption of job-killing automation in pursuit of maximum profit.
Toward the beginning of Mark 11, Jesus goes to eat from a fig tree. However, the fig tree has not bore any fruit and he curses it.
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Jesus is on his way back to Jerusalem and he is hungry for breakfast. I doubt there was a Denny's near by. This is a curious event. Since we know Jesus is not cursing the tree literally, it must have some deeper meaning.