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3. The Unfruitful Fig Tree Cursed
(Matthew 21:18-22)
18   Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.
19   And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
20   And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
21   Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
22   And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

As Christ returned to Jerusalem, He became hungry. Being “the Son of Man,” he submitted to the infirmities of nature. He was so intent upon His work that he neglected His food. The zeal of God’s house did “eat Him up,” and His meat and drink was to do His Father’s will. He did not please Himself, but chose instead to eat green raw figs for His breakfast, when it was necessary that He should eat something.
Christ hungered so that He might have occasion to work this miracle. In causing the barren fig tree to wither, He demonstrated His justice and His power.
Christ intended to show His disciples the spiritual need of the nation by a visible example. He cursed the fig tree because it had only leaves. His word to that tree was a prophecy of the future of the Jews. It was also a warning to the nations that God’s judgment would fall on them if they did not live what they preached, thus bearing fruit to God.
What are the good fruits that Jesus seeks in us? They are faith, love, and hope. Living with Christ causes these fruits to grow in us.Christ does not seek from us philosophical thoughts, complex beliefs, keeping hundreds of laws, or memorizing scripture verses. Rather, He seeks our salvation, sanctification, and partnership in His divine nature. In this way, we depart from corruption and live in purity, prudence, and love, as we render our services to God and men.
The cursing of the barren fig tree expresses the judgment of Christ on hypocrites in general. It teaches us that the fruit of fig trees can justly be expected from those that have leaves. Christ looks for the results of religion from those who make profession of it. He hungers after it; His soul desires the first ripe fruits. Christ’s expectations from professors are often frustrated by their attitudes and lives. He comes seeking fruit but finds only leaves. Many people have a reputation of being alive, but are not really so. They are interested in the form of godliness, but deny the power of it.
True faith is not achieved by thought only, but by communion with the power of Christ. Those who live with Him pray in accordance with His will and experience His power, Their lives remain in conformity with their Lord. Then they are able to think with Him, want what He wants, and communicate His power to others.
The prayers of those who are filled with the Word of God are accepted by the Holy One. Study the first three petitions of the Lord’s Prayer, and carry out their meanings day and night. Then Christ will remove mountains of sins and hatred.
Christ expects you to believe in His mercy, trust His providence, hear His word, come to Him humbly, and accept Him personally as your faithful Savior. When you do, He will implement His eternal promise so that you may experience His power, His keeping, and His glorious blessings. Faith means union with Christ, who will never leave you. If you commit yourself to Him and continue in Him, His love will work in your infirmity. He is the Savior and is still saving the world with all of His power and compassion.

 

Prayer:   Beloved Father, we thank You for the new covenant You made with us in Your Son, and ask that Your Spirit produce much fruit in us and in others. We ask that hatred and lying be ended in our houses, and that Your peace and joy prevail among us. Create in our nation true faith in the divinity of Your Son that all the desires of Your Holy Spirit be realized in us, in order that judgment will not fall on us, but that we will bear real fruit to glorify Your holy name.

 

Question:

189. Why did Jesus curse the unfruitful fig tree?

 

 

Table of contents

PREFACE

PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 - 4:25)

PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 - 11:1)

PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)

PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 - 20:34)

PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 25:46)

A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9)
21:1
A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9) - continued
21:6
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17)
21:10
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17) - continued
21:14
3. The Unfruitful Fig Tree Cursed
(Matthew 21:18-22)
21:18
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27)
21:23
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27) - continued
21:24
5. Jesus Gives Four Parables
(Matthew 21:28 - 22:14)

a) The Parable of the Two Sons
(Matthew 21:28-32)
21:28
b) The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
(Matthew 21:33-41)
21:33
c) The Parable about the Stumbling Block
(Matthew 21:42-46)
21:42
d) The Parable of the Great Wedding Feast
(Matthew 22:1-14)
22:1
6. The Things that are Caesar’s, and Those that are God’s
(Matthew 22:15-22)
22:15
7. In the Resurrection they neither Marry nor are Given in Marriage
(Matthew 22:23-33)
22:23
8. The Great Commandment
(Matthew 22:34-40)
22:34
9. Christ is the Lord
(Matthew 22:41-46)
22:41
B - CHRIST REBUKES AND WARNS THE JEWISH SPIRITUAL LEADERS
(MATTHEW 23:1-39) (The Fifth Collection of the Words of Jesus)

1. Rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-7)
23:1
2. The Humility of Faithful Teachers
(Matthew 23:8-12)
23:8
3. The First Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
(Matthew 23:13)
23:13
4. The Second Woe
(Matthew 23:14)
23:14
5. The Third Woe
(Matthew 23:15)
23:15
6. The Fourth Woe
(Matthew 23:16-22)
23:16
7. The Fifth Woe
(Matthew 23:23-24)
23:23
8. The Sixth Woe
(Matthew 23:25-26)
23:25
9. The Seventh Woe
(Matthew 23:27-28)
23:27
10. The Eighth Woe
(Matthew 23:29-33)
23:29
11. Jesus’ Prophesy about Jerusalem
(Matthew 23:34-36)
23:34
12. The Hardheartedness of the People of Jerusalem in Front of Christ’s Mercy and Compassion
(Matthew 23:37-39)
23:37
C - CHRIST’S SERMON ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
(MATTHEW 24:1-25:46) (The Sixth Collection of Words of Jesus)

1. Christ Leaves the Temple (Matthew 24:1-2)
24:1
2. The Disciples’ Questions (Matthew 24:3) 24:3
3. Take Heed that no One Deceives You
(Matthew 24:4-5)
24:4
4. God’s Wrath Falling on Men
(Matthew 24:6-8)
24:6
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14)
24:9
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14) - continued
24:12
6. The Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24:15-22)
24:15
7. False Christs
(Matthew 24:23-26)
24:23
8. The Clear Signs of Christ’s Second Coming
(Matthew 24:27-31)
24:27
9. The End of the Worlds
(Matthew 24:32-36)
24:32
10. The Salvation of the Believers
(Matthew 24:37-41)
24:37
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51)
24:42
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51) - continued
24:45
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13)
25:1
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:6
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:8
13. The Parable of the Talents
(Matthew 25:14-30)

a) Are You Talented?
(Matthew 25:14-18)
25:14
b) The Lord Rewards the Faithful
(Matthew 25:19-23)
25:19
c) The Lord Judges the Lazy Servant
(Matthew 25:24-30)
25:24
14. Christ is the Eternal Judge
(Matthew 25:31-33)
25:31
15. Christ’s Judgment on His Loving Followers
(Matthew 25:34-40)
25:34
16. The Judge’s Judgment on the Evil Ones
(Matthew 25:41-46)
25:41

PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)

PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)

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