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Why Curse The Fig Tree

Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? (Mark 11:12-14)

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It's time for a change as a member of the body of Christ. Share the Gospel and you will produce fruit for the Kingdom of Heaven. You will have figs on your tree.
---Bryan on 4/7/14

Amen Leon

---Samuelbb7 on 4/7/14

"...also applies to many who call themselves Christians. They want to appear good but they do not have the fruit of the Spirit..."
---Samuelbb7 on 4/3/14

Good point Sam!

"...Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth..." (2 Tim. 3:5-7)
---Leon on 4/3/14

Well very good points.

But while it applied to Judaism I also applies to many who call themselves Christians. They want to appear good but they do not have the fruit of the Spirit.

See Galatians.
---Samuelbb7 on 4/3/14

It was a living prophecy, as it were, of what would happen to Judaism as a religion.
---Cluny on 3/30/14

Insightful yes. Specific to Judah/jews.

Bringing to mind, expecting a bramble to bear figs or grapes in political or spiritual office.
Jdg_9:14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.
Jdg_9:15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.
Luk_6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

Weed for a leader....weed seed for fruit.
---Trav on 4/1/14

Trey FYI: The FIG tree always represents a cover up (leaves) for our shamefully naked sin in the face of God. It speaks of man's rebellion against God's authority over that of which He has planted on earth. (G3:6)

Reba: I believe you'll find your answer in Mk. 11:27-28. The fruitless, "accursed" fig tree was full of leaves (chief priest, scribes & elders). They chose not to acknowledge Jesus' authority & when He questioned them they chose to cover up & tell a lie, i.e., "we can't tell." Go FIGure! :)

Also, read Ps. 1 & Matt. 25:31-46
---Leon on 5/11/13
---Leon on 4/1/14

If it is season for you to produce fruit. And your not doing it what good are you. You have the power the word and Jesus in your hreat and you have no fruit for the Kingdom of Heaven? There is your cursed fig tree.
---Bryan on 4/1/14

Have any of you ever thought that maybe Christ cursed the fig tree because of what happened in the garden?

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

Since the fall, man has continually tried to cover up his sins. Man has continually tried to save himself through his own works. Eternal salvation is only through the finished work that Jesus Christ carried out upon the cross at calvary!

As Cluny would say, "Glory to Jesus Christ!"
---trey on 3/31/14

"...for the time of figs was not yet." (Mk. 11:13)

Lydia: It wasn't time (the season) for the tree to produce figs.

Joe: The superficial works oriented religious doctrines & traditions of men had nothing of substance to offer Jesus? Go figure! Yes, Scripture shows the religious practices of the Scribes & Pharisees were an affront to Jesus.
---Leon on 3/31/14

Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? The fig tree represented the barrenness of the religion of His time. The leaves represent the superficial covering of works relied upon by that system. (Hos.10:1) The lack of fruit represented the void of judgement and righteousness displayed by the heads. Instead what was found was an oppression of the people, causing a cry to be heard rather than a rejoicing.(Isa.5:7) Figs represents a time of healing and restoration, which up to that time, had not arrived due to the Pharisees and Scribes rejection of the word of God. (Jer.8:4-13) Therefore the condemnation of the fig tree represented an end to that vain, barren system of works, to a call for repentance from dead works, and to faith towards God.
---joseph on 3/30/14

As concerning the actual tree itself, it was simply a victim of happenstance. The tree caught the attention of Jesus because he was hungry, and the tree presented itself as one that may have been producing fruit out of season. Finding no fruit, He saw an opportunity to teach His disciples a lesson concerning the effectual operation of focused faith. The tree, like the Galileans victims of Pilate or the eighteen upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Apparently the lesson Jesus decided to teach His disciples using the tree as a visible reference, at that particular time, was more important to Him than the life of the tree.
---joseph on 3/31/14

Jesus cursed the fig tree because it was not playing its role. It was supposed to provide figs for people to eat. But it didn't have any and Jesus expected it to have, may be it was its season. Lesson from this is not to miss our season of fruitfulness, even if time and chance happens to all, if one misses his ,he is no different from one cursed.
---Lydia on 3/31/14

Cluny :// It was a living prophecy, as it were, of what would happen to Judaism as a religion. //

---Adetunji on 3/31/14

It was a living prophecy, as it were, of what would happen to Judaism as a religion.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/30/14

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