The cursed fig tree

We are about to take a deep dive into why Jesus cursed the fig tree and what this really points to. This is much bigger than a tree not bearing fruit because it wasn’t even the season for fruit, so why was it cursed?

And on the morrow, when they were come out from Bethany, he hungered. And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season of figs. And he answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit from thee henceforward for ever. And his disciples heard it. (Mark 11:12-14)

This amazing story starts off with Jesus being “hungered.” Surely He wasn’t confused as to the season, to not know that this tree wouldn’t have figs. Jesus had just come to Jerusalem and saw the same thing there as this tree. Jesus was hungering for righteousness and not selfish pride.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)

Jesus knew that this fig tree wasn’t going to have figs even when it was harvest time because the tree didn’t have brebas, which appear before the figs. This fig tree represents Israel; it only has leaves which, through photosynthesis, provides food only for itself. If the fig tree had brebas, when it was time it would have produced figs, which would have been food for others. Jesus would become that vine into which we would be grafted.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh it away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he cleanseth it, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:1-2)

Let’s look at how this all relates to the Jews and why Jesus really overturned the tables.

Den of robbers

And they come to Jerusalem: and he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and them that bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves; and he would not suffer that any man should carry a vessel through the temple. And he taught, and said unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? but ye have made it a den of robbers. (Mark 11:15-17)

The true Jew

These outer courts were filled with “money-changers” of people who conducted business there. These courts should have been filled with people from all nations, but the Jews didn’t want any dealing with “dogs,” as they called people of other nations. This is why the Samaritan woman was surprised Jesus spoke with her.

The Samaritan woman therefore saith unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, who am a Samaritan woman? (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) (John 4:9)

Do you see it? The Jews, like the fig tree, only provide food for themselves; it should have been food for all nations, for it was written:

even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. The Lord Jehovah, who gathereth the outcasts of Israel, saith, Yet will I gather others to him, besides his own that are gathered. (Isaiah 56:7-8)

There are many people who think Jesus is only to the Jews. They take one verse (not even the spiritual meaning of it) and make a doctrine from it. We can prove by going back to the Samaritan woman that it was for ALL now:

but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life. (John 4:14)

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father. Ye worship that which ye know not: we worship that which we know; for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth. (John 4:21-24)

“For salvation is from the Jews.” Salvation came from the lineage of the Jews. The message should have been to multiply the figs by those Jews. Jesus said “the hour cometh, and now is” when you can worship God anywhere and at any time. The Samaritan woman knew well before the Jews would that the temple building wasn’t needed, and that Samaritans didn’t need to go to the mountain to worship. Just “have faith in God.”

And as they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Rabbi, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. (Mark 11:20-22)

Jesus was implying that He was making another way for others to eat from the fig tree, through Him.

For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in; (Romans 11:25)

The branches were broken so Gentiles could be grafted in. Yes, it was to the Jew first and then the Gentile. It’s not a coincidence that the first part of the Bible, the Old Testament, is written in Hebrew, the Jewish language (with a bit of Aramaic) and the New Testament is written in Greek, “to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”

For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

From figs to olives

Now that we have the anointing of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, we are two olive trees of people but one is Christ. (In a future article, we will prove from the Word who the Two Witnesses are. Read Revelation 11:3-4 for some context.)

And as for you, the anointing which ye received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any one teach you; but as his anointing teacheth you concerning all things, and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, ye abide in him. (1 John 2:27)

Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive-trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof? And I answered the second time, and said unto him, What are these two olive-branches, which are beside the two golden spouts, that empty the golden oil out of themselves? And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these are? And I said, No, my lord. Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth. (Zechariah 4:11-14)

For if thou wast cut out of that which is by nature a wild olive tree, and wast grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree; how much more shall these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? (Romans 11:24)

Natural branches, the Jews, into their own olive tree, and the Gentiles wild by nature into their own olive tree. Jesus, the firstfruit, is holy; He is the root.

And if the firstfruit is holy, so is the lump: and if the root is holy, so are the branches. But if some of the branches were broken off, and thou, being a wild olive, wast grafted in among them, and didst become partaker with them of the root of the fatness of the olive tree; (Romans 11:16-17)

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