On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went along to see if perhaps He would find anything about it; and when He stumbled on it, He found just leaves, for this wasn’t the summer season for figs. He explained to it, “May no body ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening… As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. Being reminded, Peter believed to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. “Truly I say for you, whoever says to the mountain,’Be adopted and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will probably happen, it is likely to be granted him.”
First i’d like to remind us that individuals should not question Jesus in the incorrect spirit. Whatever He does is ideal and good and proper. But frequently His actions sung mỹ cần thơ raise eyebrows and grab our attention, which will be precisely what He wants!
The secular, carnal man will understand this text and see an impatient person who had been hungry, and got ticked off when the fruit he was expecting to locate and eat, wasn’t there. Cursing followed, as men can do when they are upset.
Individuals of God full of God’s Spirit and knowing even a little of God’s ways can in no way attribute such characteristics to the Son of God. Human means sinful to us. But originally, Adam was created perfect. This is actually the second Adam, still walking in perfect humanity and subjected Divinity.
Humanly speaking, He did get hungry. He saw a fig tree. He really did expect a tiny meal to emerge, but it did not.
The Heavenly part kicks in here. The Father, with whom He was in constant contact, delivered to the Son’s attention a golden opportunity for teaching using this incident.
You will see no anger in this passage. None. No unmanageable man governed by his belly. That’s a Western thing, not a Godly one. He was disappointed, but immediately thinking stumbled on Him to state something about any of it happening that would teach an important lesson – 2 lessons actually – to the disciples.
The initial of the 2 lessons Jesus also taught in a parable in Luke 13:
“And He began telling this parable: “A man had a fig tree which have been planted in his vineyard; and he came trying to find fruit about it and did not find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper,’Behold, for 36 months I have come trying to find fruit with this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even consume the ground?’ “And he answered and believed to him,’Let it alone, sir, for this season too, until I dig around it and devote fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; but if not, cut it down.’ ”
The allusion is clear. Here and elsewhere the “fig tree” is Israel, God’s special planting in Canaan land that was such a disappointment. Oh how God wanted fruit from that tree! So much effort and love seemingly gone to waste. I say seemingly, though we realize that God cannot waste any effort. Something good arises from Israel, for sure! The Scriptures, the exemplory instance of the fathers, the prophets, Jesus Himself, the initial church, and eventually “all Israel” is likely to be saved. (That’s another subject.)
And dare we also mention that a tree that will not bear fruit is also such as a Christian who not do the exact same? I believe it is fair to say that individuals are included in the parable and in the “incident.” Disappoint Him good enough, and the curse is swift and sure.
But as you will see in Peter’s response and then Jesus’the next day, there was a two-fold lesson to be learned here. Lesson 2 had regarding the ability of God and our utilization of it by faith. Though nothing “happened” when the words were uttered – as within our seemingly unanswered prayers – the next day the outcomes were clear. And once we wait good enough and believe good enough, what we tell God and to even men could have results.
No, this was no idle anger from a hungry man. This was God the Master Teacher taking advantage of a teachable moment to instill wisdom in His followers then and now.
I suppose that’s a third lesson: no matter how disappointing or difficult the circumstance in which we find ourselves, God can change it into a part of our education, if we’ll listen real hard…