Right? God does that part. We are going to take a look at the parable of the fig tree this morning. Verse 22 – by prayer. So, when it says “if you have faith,” it doesn’t mean nebulous, “Well, I believe in believing. The first thing He did was cleanse the temple; the second thing He did was curse the tree. It was a fruitless tree, and it became for Him a profound illustration. Now, some people will always come along and say, “Oh, well, but God’s going to do what He’s going to do anyway. Without power. And the principle I want you to see because He points it out is in verses 21 and 22. You say, “Well, that doesn’t seem to be connected with the lesson. As the fig tree was cursed, so was the nation of Israel, fit only to be cast into the fire. They patrol their borders constantly. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, when thou goest out.” And further blessing is pronounced all the way down to verse 14. Enter your email address and we will send you instructions on how to reset your password. We are called to open up our temple courts and share our faith with everyone. It’s religion without reality, and they’re cursed. No, the gardener prunes it, and fertilizes it, and digs a ditch for good irrigation. And they would stand up at their prayer times, in the middle of the aisle in the plane, and they would wrap the phylacteries around their head, because in Deuteronomy it says, “Bind the law of God on your forehead and on your arm.” And so, they put the box on their head, and they tie the thing all around their head, and then they put it on their wrist, and then they tie it all around their arm, and then they drop a big shawl over their head. Like grapes in the wilderness, I found Israel. “‘Cut it down. But they also had symbolic significance. Many people have been turned off of Christianity because they have watched the lives of those in the Church and saw that often they don't live what is preached. But remember that I said the Lord had his disciples with Him? Mark, the author of the book, adds the comment that "it was not the season for figs" (). This isn’t our kind of King.” He wasn’t like other kings. The Christians in the land of Israel today are almost invisible. a. If Allah says we have peace with Israel, we have peace. The reason for this is because the principles upon which their religious I gave a winepress” – that’s a sacrificial system. He would create utopia to borrow a more modern term. Int he parable the owner give a grace period before judgment. And ma we not eliminate the power that is ours through prayer by reasoning away things, by developing a theology which says, “You’re going to do what You’re doing to do anyway, so why bother?” But, O God, may we leave the resolution of things that we can’t understand to you. You don’t get an answer, so you quit. Not because it’s our will, but because 1 John 5:14 and 15 says it has to be His will. I trust you examine your own heart in that regard. This is His message the next day, “You’re doomed.” Boy, they really didn’t expect their Messiah to come to deliver that word, did they? Mustard seed starts small, gets big. Devastating. But instead of attacking Rome, He attacked Judaism. The next day they came by, it was already dead. I invite you to take your Bible and do that. And here’s the important point: the fruit comes before the leaves. There are paradoxes in the Bible that I don’t understand. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. So, how is he going to recover from that? “Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in; cursed shalt though be when thou goest out. The acceptable year of the Lord was really over, and He was pronouncing judgment. Now, Jesus, then, on Monday, when He rode in, listened to the accolades and the hosannas and accepted the coronation, fickle as it was. But up on the hilltop, it just didn’t happen that in April fig trees bloomed and bore fruit. The disciples came back; they couldn’t do a miracle they wanted to do. And may we pray for mountains to be cast into seas. So, nothing really is changed. That’s what our enemies want to do to us again; remember that. I want the best that God wants for this church. But when He got there it says He found nothing on it but leaves only. He comes to the tree, finds only leaves, and says unto it – verse 19, in the middle of the verse – “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward forever.”, Mark 11, recording the same incident, says that Peter said He cursed the tree. In to her words, He was attracted to it because it did have leaves. GDPR is the new European privacy regulation, which will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK and the equivalent legislation across the EU Member States. Turn back for a moment. Their worship had become an exercise of hypocrisy. But it may have been that He had been praying. And He has a teaching that He wants to convey, and He does it in parabolic form. On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. The fig tree showed the signs that it should have figs on it, yet it didn't. I’m a King, but not the kind of king you’re used to.”. But fig trees are very common to that part of the world. Parable of the Fruitless Fig Tree Luke 13.1-9 . He killed that tree with His word, “Tree, you’re dead from here on.”. So he says, “Well, we had one guy on our board that didn’t have the faith, and he blew the whole thing.”. We just heard that parable, there in the book of Luke, chapter 13, verses 6-9. Right? They are still not interested in the Jesus of the Bible. “And when He saw it, He came up to it and discovered that it had leaves only.”. Please respond to confirm your registration. He will gather His wheat into the granary and burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. You keep pursuing, keep persisting, keep knocking, keep crying out. It may have been that that soil had unique nutrients. He uses anything and everything to teach spiritual truth, and He does it here, too. Okay? And they’re going through religious motions. Church Seasons, Lectionary, Sermon. This time He went directly to the temple. The first principle, we could say, is the obvious truth that profession without reality is cursed. “Jesus answered and said unto them” – now He turns to His disciples - “‘Verily’” – and this is here for emphasis, to affirm the certainty of what He said - “‘I say to you, if you have faith and doubt not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if shall say to this mountain, “Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea,” it shall be done.’” Stop there. A very wonderful, very instructive, very dramatic portion of the Scripture and incident in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Nathaniel – John 1:48 – may well have been under his own fig tree when called to the discipleship of Christ. Picture Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. Sure there’s a connection. As Christians we must live consistently with what we say we believe. And may we obey what we do here and understand. Mark says the first morning He came in, found the tree, cursed it. And what God is saying here is Israel is a nation with a pretense of religion that is unsaved, unredeemed, lost, cut off from God. They would have nothing to do with Him, and they said it, “We will not have this man to reign over us. Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. And here the Lord says, “If you really believe God wants that and God can do that, then let’s see the exercise of your faith in persistence. The court of the gentiles was meant for the gentiles to be able to be present in the Temple so that they could come to know and fear the Lord. The rulers were very angry with Jesus, and they plotted to kill him. Why? And it has been a patient pronunciation. Why let it cumber the ground?’. Matthew condenses both of those into just one narrative, from verse 18 to 22. I mean He cursed that thing, and I was dead. In fact there are some Orthodox Jews in Israel who do not recognize the State of Israel. All rights reserved. Israel was often symbolized by the fig tree throughout the OT such as in Hosea 9:10. Verse 22 is a dynamic verse. “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”. When we left New York, we were on the plane with a whole lot of Orthodox Jews committed to Orthodox performance. We stopped in Brussels, Belgium, and we got out into the airport, and they lined up a mass of them along the windows, and they began to do their genuflecting with the little boxes on their head and the phylacteries on their arms. And some of you are not seeing God work in your life simply because there’s no persistence in your prayer; there’s no continuance in your prayer; there’s no strengthening. It may have been that He had been seeking the heart of God, and that His desire for food had been over ridden by His spiritual hunger, and He had preempted any thought of a meal by His time of prayer. Listen, you have to understand a little bit about fig trees, and I know as little as anybody, so I’ll tell you what I know. They turned it into something that the Gentiles would have no use for. The Everliving Story: The Parable of the Budding Fig Tree (Dr. Jerry Harmon 12/06/20) - Sermon Videos This message was preached by Dr. Jerry Harmon at Grace Bible Baptist Church located at 1518 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228 (410-788-6132). Now, keep in mind that Jesus came as King. The Parable of the Fig Tree Dan Rodgers Matthew 24:32-44 ILLUS: When my wife and I drive down to the Delta, instead to taking Highway 5 and turning off at Highway 4 to Rio Vista, we enjoy taking the river route. What has been created is a political state, but they’re still cursed. John 14, He says, “Whatever you ask in My name, I’ll do it.” And in verse 22, He sums it up by saying, “All things whatever you shall ask in prayer believing you shall receive.” This is a tremendous thing. THE FRUITLESS FIG TREE. He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. The test of whether one could expect figs from a fig tree was not the time of year but whether the foliage of the tree was in full bloom. But if somebody stands up, like Khomeini or anybody else and says, “Allah says war with Israel,” then they know war will break out. It was all established in Deuteronomy 28. Corrupting the courts from it's original purpose. Sad day. I want that. What you’re seeing now is just some preliminary activity. Both of those are acts of sovereign authority. 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