Summary: God expects us to bear fruit or face the curse!
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Pastor James May
HAVE YOU ANY FIGS?
Mark 11:11-14, "And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve. And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it."
Mark 11:20-21, "And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away."
God’s Kingdom is often described in terms of being a vineyard which is expected to bear fruit.
In Matthew chapter 20 Jesus uses the vineyard as an example of how God will reward every man according to his obedience and faithfulness. In Matthew chapter 21 he again uses a vineyard to teach us concerning the attitudes of both the obedient and disobedient servants. In Mark chapter 12 Jesus again uses the example of a vineyard to teach us concerning the fact that he has gone on a long journey leaving his vineyard in the hands of “husbandmen” or appointed farmers and then sent his servant to gather his portion of the fruit that was produced. Those husbandmen killed the servant and would give no fruit to the owner of the vineyard. It’s a picture of God allowing each of us the privilege of working for him but expecting fruit when he returns or we will face his wrath.
The vineyards around Israel weren’t filled with only grapevines. There were also olive trees and many types of fruit trees. Among those fruit trees were the fig trees.
There were several varieties of fig trees in the land during the time that Jesus walked upon the earth. One of these was a white fig tree that did not ripen until the third year. This tree put forth its fruit the first year, which hung on it the second, and were brought to perfection on the third, so that when it was three years old, it had figs from all three years upon it and was usually full of leaves, when other fig trees had no leaves yet.