Saturday, August 15, 2009
The Fig Tree
I asked for some insight on some passages I’ve never understood and this is what came to me:
“From a distance Jesus saw a fig tree covered with leaves, and he went to see if there were any figs on the tree. But there were not any, because it wasn't the season for figs.” (Mark 11:13)
Jesus knew very well that it wasn’t season for figs. He was trying to make a point. Which? The next verse says:
“So Jesus said to the tree, "Never again will anyone eat fruit from this tree!" The disciples heard him say this.”
And we find in verse 20, “As the disciples walked past the fig tree the next morning, they noticed that it was completely dried up, roots and all.”
The tree represents the law. The law is righteous and good. Therefore the fig tree is covered with leaves. However, the law produces fruit upon dead. Why wasn’t it season for figs? Jesus hadn’t yet finished His work, and the Spirit hadn’t come to produce His fruit.
The withered tree represents the law and the prophets. An old system was to be declared obsolete and a new system/covenant was to be established. Grace would replace law.
“Jesus told his disciples: Have faith in God!” (11:22) What is impossible for man (become righteous by works) is possible for God (who made man righteous without works). Verse 22 might also be translated as having the same faith as God. Since God’s nature is to give and selfishness is not in His nature this faith will always be in accordance to His faith.