First, we explore The Summary, Meaning & Moral Lesson of the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree ~ How it applies to our lives today. The temple was an amazing place. For what? Parable of the Fig Tree Speaking with his disciples about WHEN his Second Coming would take place, Jesus said: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree ; when its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it … Jesus was there in Jerusalem for that very purpose. So why did Jesus go the the temple with his disciples, look around, and leave only to go back the next day? I’m just showing you what’s available. In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one.” (CCC 65). The fig tree symbolizes the deadness of Israel’s worship. In the Parable of the Talents, the man with one talent was judged severely for his faithlessness to the gift given (Matthew 15:30). Isaiah 56 is about the nations coming to God. 14 And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. Reproduction of material from this website without written permission, or unlicensed commercial use or In this case, it’s true worship. One day Jesus was walking along the road and He saw a fig tree. Jesus cared so much about removing barriers to worship that he lost his life over it. That can sound scary, but it’s really a wonderful thing. 20-25). The temple was defiled, but Jesus can’t be defiled. How could Jesus raise it up again in three days? They made it a den of robbers by establishing costly buying and selling and money-changing procedures for the sacrifices. “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. He is available to us all, right now, and every moment from now until we stand before him in heaven. They looked so good to him. The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. They were hypocrites. The temple was 46 years in the making. It withers. A temple fit for true worship. The gardener, or vineyard keeper who cares for … Show me the verse about shoes! Catholic Church. 22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. We also proclaim the Gospel in word and deed, making the message of Christ irresistible by our joyful witness. He was done looking. God’s glory was at stake. A few years ago, our youngest son hungry for pears went to the bowl every time he saw it, picked one up, and bit in. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. THE WITHERED FIG TREE—A LESSON ABOUT FAITH JESUS’ AUTHORITY IS CHALLENGED Leaving Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, Jesus returns to Bethany on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. b. Jesus doesn’t love hollow religiosity. And from his purity, he makes us clean. Was Jesus hangry? Notes on John 8:12; John 10:1), we may think of the words as illustrated by a living example.Both time and place make this probable. 28 “Take a lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its branches grow tender and its leaves sprout, you know that summer is near.” 29 So also, when you see these things happening, you know that the Promised One is near, right at the door. How does it have any relation to the fig tree and to the temple? 13 And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. You get everything Jesus deserves. You can do a whole study of the meaning of Israel as the fig tree and the purpose of the temple. But he doesn’t only reveal what’s there; he does something about it. It wasn’t a big thing, right? Jesus is sitting on the Mount of Olives as he speaks, looking out on the Temple. Still, we are given signs, and if we are wise, we will consider them and “learn a lesson from the fig tree” (Mark 13:28), as Christ points out. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Well, no, but it’s also not necessary. Why did he do that? Christ’s curse is a foreshadowing of what will happen to hypocrites — those Israelites who, like the fig trees with leaves, promise fruit but fail to deliver. Jesus said learn the lesson from the fig tree, there is a certain lesson Jesus wants us to learn. The beginning and the end help us to understand the middle. And when he saves you, he cleanses you, and sends his Spirit to live inside you. 17 And he was teaching them and saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? “Have faith in God. What appeared full of life was actually lifeless. He brings God’s glory in. Renew or manage your subscription here. What an important lesson for all of Jesus’ followers! The Second Coming is suspended as we await the conversion of souls to Christ; and so, first, we must continually re-establish the Kingdom in our own hearts. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in… He had to confront it. monetization of National Catholic Register RSS feeds is strictly prohibited. He likely spends the night at the home of his friends Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. “Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. How much do we care? But it wasn’t, at least not alive to God. His expectation is consistent with His grace given. Who can stand? We know what the temple leaders were really like. 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That’s what Jesus saw when he entered the temple. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. But let’s take this out of the merely historical realm because this applies to us too. So when they passed by the fig tree again and it had withered away to its roots. There is yet another connection between the withering of the fig tree and the quality of faith. First, Jesus explains the power and importance of faith — it is faith in God that gave him the power to curse the fig tree and make it wither overnight and similar faith on the disciples’ part will give them the power to work other wonders. And he didn’t know until he bit in and found no taste. fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. It is possible to be outwardly religious and inwardly dead. Showy religion is so boring. Robert George Discusses Capitol Riots and the Nation's Polarization, The Poison of Polarization: DC Violence Highlights America’s Deep Divisions, Alex Trebek and ‘Jeopardy!’ Have Given Us a Potpourri of Popery Over the Years, After Georgia Senate Setbacks, the Pro-Life Movement Prepares to Play Defense, Confidentiality Dispute Piles Pressure on Cardinal Accused of Mishandling Abuse Cases. We know what the religious authorities did to Jesus and his followers. Mark Sandwich Again a. Why? or school. But that doesn’t have to keep him from coming in and changing your story. And if you look closely, they all have teeth marks. 12-14), True worship promotes life with God (vv. “But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32). You get his atoning death. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”. Isaiah 56:7. When they remark to him about its grandeur, Jesus makes a shocking statement: It will all be destroyed (Mark 13:2). The Gentiles could enter the outer court. True worship bears fruit, and the temple, though it looked good from afar, didn’t, which leads to our next point. How? In fact, it’s the only time in the Gospels where Jesus uses miraculous power for wounding rather than healing. They made a profit on the worship of God. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. These new God-seekers walked into the church building with oil on their feet and it got all over the carpet. Maybe he’s cleaning some of us out right now. For us, the lesson of the fig tree is that religious profession, rituals, ceremonies, and appearances are not what we will be judged by. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. In depth inductive Bible study of Jesus' parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24:32-44, Mark 13:28-32, and Luke 21:29-33 are good for small group studies. It’s an offer to find total cleansing before God, in him alone. Login or Create an Account. So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors! Like this fig tree, the nation of Israel has a deceptive appearance. That’s the question. Look at verse 23. ( The gospel of John omits it entirely and shifts the incident with which it is connected, the cleansing of the temple, from the end of Jesus' career to the beginning.) But it wasn’t doing what it was supposed to do. The Fig Tree: A Lesson in the Patience and Judgment of God. Who can endure? When God comes inside the hollow religious heart of Israel, what happens? If God’s church is a house of prayer—a house of worship—then everyone is welcome. One day, Chuck Smith showed up to find a sign hanging on the door. We can see that this elaborate buying and selling and money-changing operation is a scam to make money off poor worshipers who only want to meet with God—much like the prosperity gospel preachers of our day. Parable of the Fig Tree Speaking with his disciples about WHEN his Second Coming would take place, Jesus said: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree ; when its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it … And so died the promises to the Jewish people. All you need is honesty and openness to admit that your Christianity has been a show, and ask him for the real thing. Do we realize what God has done in Jesus Christ? When you come to God, you don’t get everything you deserve. Have you ever felt compelled to get a weight off of your chest. The church had just installed new carpet and new pews. If you were to plant a fig tree, you would leave it without harvesting the fruit for three years. We need life. But you have made it a den of robbers.” Where was it written that it should be a house of prayer? It is especially appropriate for the apostles in view of the difficult tests they will soon face. He won’t reject an open heart. All of these signs of the times should give us a certain sense of urgency. To reiterate this moral, Jesus tells the story of the fig tree, the vineyard owner, and the gardener who took care of the vineyard. EWTN News, Inc. is the world’s largest Catholic news organization, comprised of television, radio, Mat 24:32 “ Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. It proves once again that Jesus is God. Maybe you came here this morning and didn’t even know you had this mountain of religiosity blocking your worship. On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And thus, the scene is set for next week as we prepare to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. Like the fake pears for my son, this passage is a lesson in how to spot the real thing. “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. That’s why he returns to the fig tree, which is our next point. We will have to open our hearts to those not like us. If people leave the church because the Bible makes it hard for them to worship God, that’s between them and God. And though we can see that clearly now, it wasn’t so easy to see in Jesus’ day. 12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. After the worshipful coronation, that triumphal entry, Jesus “went into the temple. The leaders should have been there to help but their heart wasn’t in it. (We don’t know it is a millenium until Revelation.) What? We don’t have to look far to see this playing out. With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! The tribulation ushers in the kingdom. Sinners couldn’t get close to God. How can Jesus move the mountain of dead worship in the temple? It looked alive. How about we make a commitment this morning, united together, to never establish any barrier that would keep others from Christ? And he doesn’t need a fancy temple. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in… How free we are? How can we get that? He is where sinful men and women meet with the Holy God. The fig tree is used throughout Scripture 42 times. It was where the sacrifices were made to grant purification and forgiveness. It was like the fig tree—full of leaf but without fruit. Chuck Smith was a pastor of a little church in Costa Mesa, California. The beginning and the end help us to understand the middle. Jesus is the Tree of Life we need. So God gave us Jesus. That’s what Jesus wants for his disciples. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. The Lesson of the fig tree is that He comes to each of us looking for corresponding fruit. The lesson of the fig tree comes alive every year as I look out my window and think, “dead, dead, dead” and then every spring there comes, “life, life, life.” I know I am forgetting the three barren years of Luke 13, but I am impatient so one season makes me think all is lost. 15 And they came to Jerusalem. Jesus can’t be ruined. So we need to understand what Jesus was doing. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”. Look at verse 18. But only the priests could go inside the Holy Place. The lesson of the fig tree is that we should bear spiritual fruit (Galatians 5:22-23), not just give an appearance of religiosity. Gullahorn’s song ends like this, showing just how foolish our self-deception is. So he cursed it, saying, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.”, If you think this is a bit odd, you’re not alone. That’s why Jesus says in verse 17, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? That’s why I’m thankful for a song like Andy Gullhorn’s “I Haven’t Either.” C.S. Claire Dwyer blogs about saints, spirituality and the sacred every day at EventheSparrow.com and contributes regularly to WomenofGrace.com. The temple in Jerusalem was much the same. In the parable, the master had passed by the barren tree for three years before he said anything about it. We need only look to the cross to find that truth. Give a Gift SubscriptionBless friends, family or clergy with a gift of the Register. But we know the kind of good King he is, don’t we? Where God dwelt on earth. Finally, We look at the parable of the Barren Fig tree in the Bible ~ The Parable is taken from Luke 13:6-9. As we see things roll toward their fulfillment, we never take our eyes off the promise of the eternal kingdom. In John 2, Jesus said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). How are we going to get that? If I had my way, my tree never would have made it three years running with no fruit. Was it a divine overreaction? It's coming back to life, when the tree is coming back to life; He said you know it is near. We will have to let Jesus rule in our church. Copyright © 2020 EWTN News, Inc. All rights reserved. Jesus stood in the outer court of the temple, the only place Gentiles could go to find God. No doubt they were dumbfounded by his answer: This will happen in their own generation. It didn’t happen all at once. Israel has been represented typologically, in the Old Testament, as a fig tree with both good and bad figs. But you have made it a den of robbers.” 18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him, for they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching. God judges fruitlessness, and expects that those who have a relationship with Him will “bear much fruit” (John 15:5-8). God is glorified by the fruit of our efforts for His kingdom, and He expects us to “bear much fruit”. He will come to you not with cursing but with blessing. 21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. What did He say about the fig tree? But if they leave the church because we make it hard for them to worship God, that’s between God and us. Cresting the Mount of Olives in Bethany, they saw a citadel built by Herod the Great for refuge in case of war. These first couple of verses serve as the opening illustration into the main point later on. The Old Testament said this would happen (Isaiah 34:4, Joel 1:7-12, Amos 4:9). Jesus says “learn a lesson from the fig tree.” This does not mean interpret what the fig tree is. “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. They started coming to church. Now, this story is really interesting from a historical perspective. The three entities in the story all have clear symbolic significance. Yet at the same time, none of us knows how much time we have left—so we'd better get moving! Bishop John Keenan will lead a first-of-its-kind Marian consecration in his Diocese of Paisley, Scotland, and invites those across the Atlantic to join him via social media. After another long day of back-and-forth with the Pharisees, the disciples leaving the Jerusalem Temple with Jesus marvel at the magnificence of the building. 16 And he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. So ask him for it, and he will give it! Why settle for anything less when we can have real righteousness? Jesus tells us right here. Here’s the point. The test of true worship is not merely how we’re feeling about God. Jesus was hungry. LESSONS OF THE FIG TREE As Jesus and His disciples were traveling from Bethany to Jerusalem the day after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus saw a fig tree having leaves, but upon closer inspection He saw it had no fruit “for it was not the season for figs” (Mark 11:13). Posted on Aug 22, 2014 by Darris McNeely Estimated reading time: 9 minutes. This event, brought about because of the rejection of their Messiah by the Jews, would definitively close the chapter of the Old Covenant, and it would be the final end of animal sacrifice, fulfilled in the one perfect sacrifice of the cross. As the leaves came in, the tree would grow little nubs. Every year, we take a trip to Kansas City to visit our best friends. But can’t follow through because you are ashamed? He says “this” mountain. God has come. Lewis said, “We were made not primarily that we may love God…but that God may love us.” That’s what worship is: getting close enough to God to let him love you. The Lesson of the Fig Tree (Mark 13:28-31; Luke 21:29-33) 32 Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its branches become tender and sprout leaves, you know that summer is near. Jesus says “learn a lesson from the fig tree.” This does not mean interpret what the fig tree is. About ten years ago, he released a song called “I Haven’t Either.” It starts off lighthearted, but the point it makes is profound. Christ does not focus in on hypocrisy; that will come later (vv. We have to be bearing much fruit, not just give an appearance of religiosity. Didn’t do anything. Give me one reason not to do church his way. He noticed that it wasn't bearing fruit so He cursed the tree because it was depleting the soil. By his death that day on the cross, Jesus brought a robber to heaven. Lesson #2: The Master is patient with us. 35 ” Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away. The temple was the center of life and worship. As a result, the temple was dead and worthless. Here’s why that’s so significant. According to the prophecy of the fig tree, Christ Ahnsahnghong started to preach the gospel as it says, “He is near, right at the door.” As spiritual King David he got baptized at the age of 30, and he started to preach the gospel from 1948 also to fulfill the prophecy of the fig tree. And you don’t even have to deserve it. And since we’re already talking about food, this passage comes at us like f a sandwich in three parts: fig tree/temple/fig tree. All he needs is a cross. But true worship of God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit is life giving. Christianity is not about dreary outward appearances but fruit bearing life the makes us rejoice and brings glory to God. Jesus becomes the very center of our life and worship. It doesn’t even seem to make sense, does it? Because you and I have a great need to be near to God. We have the advantage of hindsight. The Jews could enter the next level. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have happened. The war is won, the victory promised. Jesus’ answer is to have faith in God. Well, here’s the rest of the story. Do you know what happened to that little church? The Friars Helping to Renew the Church, Who Wrote the Gospels, and More! He doesn’t care about how you come to him. C.S. It was where God dwelt on Earth with man. But they came straight from the beach, without shoes and without shirts. Mark Sandwich Again a. She is editor of SpiritualDirection.com and coordinates adult faith formation at her parish in Phoenix, where she lives with her husband and their six children. He is the sacrifice to grant forgiveness. With Jesus as our access point to God, we can be sure it will never be compromised. He can bring you too, no matter how far you are from true worship right now. But it wasn’t his final resting place. Sign up for 6 Free IssuesTry us out with a free trial subscription. This act of cleansing the temple cost Jesus. But those usually aren’t our biggest problem. And in Jesus, it could not be easier. As we prepare to close the liturgical year, the Church is asking us to remember that we are now in the final days: the days of the New Covenant. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. I’m not saying this is easy. He had actually removed a hill in order to build it. Still, we are given signs, and if we are wise, we will consider them and “learn a lesson from the fig tree” (Mark 13:28), as Christ points out. Jesus isn’t putting himself in a genie’s bottle. One important lesson to understand from the parable of the fig tree is that God’s grace is enduring, regardless of whether people deserve it or not. Subscriber Service CenterAlready a subscriber? Add in the fact that Mark said it wasn’t the time for figs, and it does seem a bit out of character, doesn’t it? No one eats from it again. The only thing keeping some us from him right now is our prideful religiosity, our false conception of ourselves, our self-righteousness. The other day, I explained the parable of the fig tree to a man. In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus teaches about “those days” after the coming tribulation, days of a darkened sun and a dull moon, falling stars, shaken heavens. (32) Now learn a parable of the fig tree.--As in so many other instances (comp. Later, four disciples press further about the timeframe of this coming horror. They chose not to put up a barrier and God brought the people. I wonder if you remember a little interesting thing in verse 11. He is the meeting place. Matt 24:29-31says that the events occur “after the tribulation” or “at the end of the tribulation” so we are in a post-tribulation time frame. It’s a dead tree, no matter how full the leaves are. We need the real thing. . Notice Jesus doesn’t say “a” mountain. Who of us hasn’t? And, believe it or not, he actually wants to be near to us. We just have to let our preferences set the agenda, let our feelings rule our interactions, let God’s word about loving one another for Jesus’ sake become mild suggestions rather than holy commands. And just as it cost Jesus, it might cost us. That’s what he wants for you. Sign-up for E-NewsletterGet Register Updates sent daily or weeklyto your inbox. Introduction 1. But we need reality with Jesus, not the appearance of reality with him. Jesus wants his disciples to see this. And so must we. LESSONS OF THE FIG TREE As Jesus and His disciples were traveling from Bethany to Jerusalem the day after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus saw a fig tree having leaves, but upon closer inspection He saw it had no fruit “for it was not the season for figs” (Mark 11:13). Those aren’t up for discussion. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. We can look at the temple and see the hypocrisy. That’s the heart of Jesus. Still, we are given signs, and if we are wise, we will consider them and “learn a lesson from the fig tree” (Mark 13:28), as Christ points out. You get his resurrection life. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. The only question remaining is simple: do you want to come? 20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And like Adam and Eve after the fall, this fig tree, though full in leaf, was useful only to cover nakedness. print and digital media outlets, dedicated to reporting the truth in light of the Gospel and the They didn’t know any better. However long this era lasts, it will only end with the Second Coming and Final Judgment. Peter pointed it out, and Jesus responded in a really interesting way. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. They decided, together, that they would rip up the carpet and the pews before they would again hinder one of these young beach kids from worshiping God. Wars, disasters, tribulations, attacks on marriage and family — all of this has been foretold. There is a framework in the Old Testament in which the words of the Gospel lesson make a bit more sense. The fig tree illustration is important because what he says to the tree becomes true the next day. That generation is over, the fig tree (The Jewish nation) is dead. 21 And Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! It’s about God’s heart for all people—the Jews and the Gentiles. But we can give that up. How open the kingdom is? When Jesus died, the temple died too. It’s the fulfillment of the prophecy of Malachi 3:1-2. Who can worship God in a Wal-Mart? That matters because as he goes into the temple, it’s not just another man going there. The temple in Jerusalem was much the same. Then, he was willing to wait another year while the vineyard keeper fertilized the tree before exercising final judgment on the tree. If you look at Leviticus, you find the directions Jesus refers to in the parable. What appeared full of life was actually lifeless. Sermon preached for the Third Sunday in Lent, preached on March 3, 2013. “The chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way to destroy him.”. Look again, beginning with verse 22. And like Adam and Eve after the fall, this fig tree, though full in leaf, was useful only to cover nakedness. Only the High Priest inside the Most Holy Place, and that was only once a year, on the day of Atonement. I’ve heard that you can tell the ones who truly open up, Their lives are marked with freedom and with peace. We also explore related Bible Verses & Scripture Quotes to further illustrate the meaning and application of this important parable. “Shirts and shoes please.” He took it down, and after church met with the church leaders. With constant prayer, frequent sacraments and daily sacrifices, as we lay our lives down again and again, subjecting everything within us to his authority and to his mercy. Throughout the Old Testament, the fig tree held spiritual value as a symbol for Israel, serving as a metaphor for their standing with God. Without shoes and without shirts, die for as a fig tree that you cursed has withered. ” 22 Jesus! 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