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Summary: Without a vision we perish. What is your vison, purpose in life? This passage shows that our goal shoiuld be 1) fruit 2) Foreigners 3) Faith

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Your purpose. Mark 11:12-25. WBC 7 Sept 03 pm

In the words of Diana Ross- ‘do you know where you’re going to?’

- not ultimately, when you die!

- > do you have a purpose here. Now. In this life.

- Do you know whey God is allowing you to stay, here?

The words “without a vision the people perish” is actually a poor translation of Prov 29:18

- is really more like “without the word of God people act in an unrestrained manner!”

o so- one purpose is to saturate yourself with God’s word/vocabulary!

- But it’s true none the less!

o It’s not hard work that kills people: it’s lack of purpose, significance, vision

You can just DIE unless you know what God has for you.

- do you know God’s purpose for your life?

Actually- what God has for you is similar to what He had for His Son. Listen to His purpose:

- Mk 1:38 “I have come to preach the Kingdom of God!

- Lk 19:10 the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

- Lk 5;32 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance

- Mk 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

- John 10;10 I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.

- John 12:47 I did not come to judge the world, but to save it

Like Jesus knew His purpose, we need to know ours:

- Illustr: me speaking to boss about ‘need to know the larger picture, to motivate us’

- George Satayana “imagine people going to work day after day without knowing their company business – yet that’s exactly what happens when church members don’t know what the church is about”

Do you have a purpose? Do you know where you’re going to?

I want to show you what Jesus is looking for from you, tonight, from Mk11:12-25

- the story of the fig tree… with the REAL meaning of the passage sandwiched between the two mentions of the tree

1. FRUITFULNESS Vv12-14

Believe it or not, this passage shows God’s purpose for you, us as Christians… the church

- it’s in picture language

It’s all about figs. In fact, the region is called ‘Bethphage and Bethany’

- Bethphage means house of figs. = fig growing area

You might think Jesus is a bit unreasonable expecting fruit from the tree when (v13) “not the season for figs”

- but, in fact, there WOULD be figs on a good tree. The BEST Figs

- Jeremiah 24:1 Jer has a vision of exceptionally good figs (2 “One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early”) and bad figs

- So- the main crop wasn’t there, yet- but there should have been the early figs… the best ones…

o Not least with all those leaves!

In fact: that’s the issue for Jesus- He goes to the tree, attracted by the leaves, but when He gets there- LEAVES are all there is. There’s no FRUIT!

- he curses the fig tree for it’s appearance of fruitfulness, promise of fruitfulness…. But lacking the REALITY

He’s looking for REALITY. And FRUIT. FRUITFULNESS

And, in fact- that’s exactly what happened with the temple and Judaism.

- this is an enacted parable of what He’s looking for from God’s people

o and what He’s going to do to God’s people


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