Summary: To show that we need to be like CHRIST in this world.
Do you have fruit that can be eaten?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to be like CHRIST in this world.
Mark 11:14 (Amplified Bible)
11:14 And He said to it, No one ever again shall eat fruit from you. And His disciples were listening [to what He said].
We are like CHRIST in this world.
No one will eat fruit from you
Study of Mark 11
A. Author: Mark, son of Mary of Jerusalem; referred to as John Mark
B. Date written: 58 B.C.
C. Purpose: To present JESUS of Nazareth as GOD's Suffering Servant, the Redeemer of the world
D. To whom written: Roman or Gentile Christians
E. Main Theme: CHRIST is the tireless servant of GOD and humanity.
F. Key word: Immediately
G. Key verse: Mark 10:45
Mark 10:45 (Amplified Bible)
10:45 For even the Son of Man came not to have service rendered to Him, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for (instead of) many.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. CHRIST said to the fruitless fig tree
"And He said to it,"
The fig tree was there for a reason, it was to set an example, to the disciples. The curse didn't come because CHRIST was disappointed about the fig tree having lots of leaves but no fruit (representing professing religion but no change of life as fruit - see Matthew 3:8)
Matthew 3:8 (Amplified Bible)
3:8 Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart];
But the curse came to point out to the disciples the wrath coming upon the people of Israel as consequence of them not bearing fruit for the owner.
Luke 13:6 (Amplified Bible)
13:6 And He told them this parable: A certain man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it, but did not find [any].
GOD is the owner of the fig tree (Israel) but they never gave fruit to GOD, after all what's been done to them by GOD.
Ezekiel 28:25 (Amplified Bible)
28:25 Thus says the Lord God: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and I shall be set apart and separated and My holiness made apparent in them in the sight of the nations, then shall they dwell in their own land which I gave to My servant Jacob.
John 1:10-11 (Amplified Bible)
1:10 He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him].
1:11 He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own—His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him.
The Excellent Sower Heaven could afford was given to Israel and that is CHRIST and yet still no fruit.
Mark 4:14 (Amplified Bible)
4:14 The sower sows the Word.
B. "No one will eat fruit from you again."
"No one ever again shall eat fruit from you."
This is CHRIST teaching a parable to His disciples acted upon or in action. CHRIST is making a point by making the fig tree as His example, during those days where there's no powerpoint presentations yet. It was already prophesied and CHRIST is fulfilling a prophecy.
Isaiah 5:5-6 (Amplified Bible)
5:5 And now I will tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be eaten and burned up; and I will break down its wall, and it shall be trodden down [by enemies].
5:6 And I will lay it waste; it shall not be pruned or cultivated, but there shall come up briers and thorns. I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.
John 15:6 (Amplified Bible)
15:6 If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out like a [broken-off] branch, and withers; such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and they are burned.
Jeremiah 11:19 (Amplified Bible)
11:19 But I was like a tame lamb that is brought to the slaughter; I did not know that they had devised inventions and schemes against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.
CHRIST is looking for Himself to Israel, like in a mirror, but CHRIST can't see Himself, therefore no fruit, the relationship with CHRIST was not there. They rejected the very Branch that will bear them fruit.
Isaiah 4:2 (Amplified Bible)
4:2 In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be excellent and lovely to those of Israel who have escaped.