Demai, c. 1. sect. While there are slight differences between the two accounts, they are easily reconciled by studying the passages. They show that the writers were honest men, and did not "conspire" to deceive the world. And presently the fig tree withered away.”, for the Lord’s glory and for the Lord’s service…. Matthew 21:18-22. His request was that the mountain of the Syrian army be removed, and God did exactly that. Luke 21:31says when you see all these things happening (in the tribulation), know that the kingdom of God is near. The world may say that it hates hypocrisy, but it usually says that hypocritically. A few minutes ago, I said that Matthew 24 was Jesus’ parable of the fig tree. But on the other hand, a man wasted by drink and drugs may be introduced to Christ, and through his weak heart, weak understanding and self-destroyed live, his tiny faith may link him to the same Christ. Each and every sin is noted by God, and will eventually bring judgment. Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.—From the lips of one of like passions with ourselves, the words might seem the utterance of impatient disappointment. ”Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. The fig tree represents the individual Israelite, especially the Jew in this case. 10. & Maimon. 32 "Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. A second lesson here is highlighted by the leaves – HYPOCRISY. Can it really be that Jesus cursed the fig tree just because He was hungry and there were no fruit on the tree… Mark Mar 11:12-13 says that this took place on the morning of the day on which he purified the temple. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. 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 fruit of the first, second, and third year on it: this being such a tree, by its being full of leaves, when others had none, or were just putting out, fruit, of one year, or more might have been expected on it, when it had none at all, and therefore was cursed: or it might be one of that sort which brought forth fruit twice a year; for of such sort of fig trees we read in the Jewish writings (z): and therefore though it was not the time of the common figs being ripe, yet this being one of the seasons, in which this tree bore ripe fruit, and being so very flourishing, might reasonably be expected from it: but there being none. What sort of things bring us into contact with the omnipresent God? like grape vines, were created by Jehovah to bear fruit for man’s enjoyment and sustenance. It turns my stomach to watch him, and I am certainly not holy as the Lord is holy. And for the Lord to, – when the Lord calls and redeems someone, calling him. Rev., in margin. The word "yet" is not in the original text; which last clause is a reason, either why he found no fruit, or nothing but leaves upon it, because it was not a time, or season of figs: it was not a good fig year, so Dr. Hammond interprets it; and yet though it was not, since this tree was so very flourishing, fruit might have been expected on it: and also, it furnishes out a reason why Christ took so much pains to go to it, seeing there were very few figs to be had elsewhere, and this bid very fair to supply him with some in this time of scarcity: or else, as a reason why, besides its promising appearance, he expected fruit upon it, because the time of figs, that is, of the gathering of the figs, was not come: in which sense the phrase is used in Matthew 21:34; and is Bishop Kidder's interpretation of the passage: and since therefore the time was not come for the ingathering of the figs, none had been taken off of it, the more might be expected on it. PART 8: The Parable Of The Fig Tree As A Sign. Jesus said unto it, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. I don’t have a specific answer, but if I had to guess, I’d say that it was to bring glory to Himself. How are we to understand this? 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. But what does the parable of the fig tree mean? Sheviith, c. 4. sect. Christ Jesus speaks more about hypocrisy than anyone else in the Bible, but, Was Job correct in his assessment when he said that. The miracle is performed by the omnipotent God, not by our impotent faith. Mark adds, what St. Matthew indeed implies, that He came, if “haply He might find anything thereon.” The fig-tree in Palestine bears two or three crops a year. Matthew 21:19 Commentaries: Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it except leaves only; and He said to it, "No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you." But. I think not. Matthew 21:18-20. Apparently, hypocrisy brings us before the Lord, but the results are not good for us. 19 Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. On the other hand, the Lord truly does hate hypocrisy. Humanly speaking, Christ saw the leaves and expected the fruit, but the tree lied. The generation which sees the signs that He had just described should be assured that the end is at hand. Learn the meaning of the prophecy of the Parable of the Fig Tree for the first time in history and much more. Lit., one single fig-tree. It was certain that this would be a good "illustration" of the destruction of the Jewish people, but there is no evidence that Jesus intended it as such, and without such evidence we have no right to say that was its meaning. In yet, “cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”, – where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. They, like the fig-tree, promised fair. The last parable is the most important part of the section, because it explains what has come before it and clearly announces that the … 31 So you too, when you see these things happening, know [without any doubt] that the kingdom of God is near. What are the lessons that we have here? What about to have fellowship with him in the cool of the evening? Mr. Preterist: “The parable foreshadowed God cutting down Israel in AD70.” Except the cursed fig tree withered straight away (Matthew 21:19), not 40 years later, and God didn’t cut down Israel; the Israelites … A fig tree The Parable of the Budding Fig Tree is a parable told by Jesus in the New Testament , found in Matthew 24:32-35 , Mark 13:28-31 , and Luke 21:29-33 . And it paid the ultimate price. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. The Fig Tree … How many people have actually, at some point in their lives….. And how many people have, “Look at how quickly its life came to an end.”. See Mark. Yet both were equally barren; and as that was destroyed, so they were soon to be. This parable of the fig-tree (Mark 13:28-32; Matthew 24:32-35) Luke applies to “all the trees.” It is true about all of them, but the fig tree was very common in Palestine. And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.” The Lord doesn’t specifically explain or apply this parable, but the point is quite obvious – fruit. And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees. Last Days prophecies were explained by Jesus and are occurring right before our eyes, but the meaning of these prophecies is not understood by the Christian and other religious leaders of today. The world only hates YOUR hypocrisy, while it glories in its own. I will do such a thing presently means, I will do it, not immediately, but soon. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”, Several thousand years after that, along comes, “He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. In feeding humanity they were fulfilling their divine destiny. . So there you have it … Christ’s parable of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32-35 and Moses’ length of a generation in Psalms 90:10 go hand in hand in confirming Jesus Christ’s rapturous return “immediately after the Great Tribulation” will happen in the year AD 2028! So, in Song Song of Solomon 2:13, the appearance of the “green figs” coincides with that of the flowers of spring, and the time of the singing of birds. But this particular tree was not a dead or even a dying hulk of a tree. It was green and healthy. Seeing a fig tree by the road, He went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.”. “If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. Here they assume the character of a solemn judgment passed not so much on the tree as on that of which it became the representative. “He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Maybe it was to keep all the prosperous plants separate. Luke 21:29-33. – where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. I’ve never read that Christ ate carrots or potatoes; nevertheless those veggies were created to serve us. That is, judging from the "appearance" of the tree, it was "probable" that there would be fruit on it. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”, Generally we don’t like to think about it, and we rarely verbalize it…. Jesus Curses a Fig Tree . Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. I think not. 2. p. 38. The leaves declared that there should have been that sweet, energy-filled fruit on its branches. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. 21:18-21. Similarly, was created as a nation to glorify the God who saved her from Egypt –, , including the children of Adam, have been put on this earth, Not to do so, is to forsake our purpose for existence. In yet another of Jesus’ parables, He describes a wicked servant and then concludes with the words, “cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Where do hypocrites belong? We are not to suppose that our Lord was ignorant of the true condition of the tree, but he acted according to the appearance of things; being a man as well as divine, he acted, of course, as people do act in such circumstances. You should notice a major difference between Matthew 24:32, Mark 13:28, and Luke 21:29. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”. "How did the fig-tree immediately wither away?" "And presently the fig-tree withered away." There is no contradiction, because Matthew does not affirm that this took place on the morning after the temple was cleansed, though he places it in that order; nor does he say that a day did not elapse after the fig-tree was cursed before the disciples discovered that it was withered, though he does not affirm that it was so. A few hours later, coming down the slope of Olivet, He saw what appeared to be an healthy fig tree. But we have in our text another fig tree – and another parable – of sorts. The sentence which He now passed on the tree, and its immediate fulfilment, were symbols of the sentence and the doom which were about to fall on the unrepentant and unbelieving people. The next day the disciples came by, and it looked like it had been dead for years. It was for the same purpose as creation generally. Is it the, of our faith? Then later when God permitted us to kill and eat meat, the purpose of the cow, the sheep and the deer became apparent as well. Is it the size of our faith in Christ which saves us? Matthew states the fact that the fig-tree was barren and withered away, without regarding minutely the order or the circumstances in which the event took place. All the "curse" that was pronounced was in the words "that no fruit should grow on it." But a corollary to that thought might be that we often best glorify God by serving the rest of creation. And why did God create fruit trees; grape vines and root vegetables? It was a time when figs were ripe or suitable to eat, or he would not have gone to it, expecting to find them; but the time of gathering them had not passed, and it was to be presumed that they were still on the tree. 1 Kings 4:25, Jeremiah 24:5, Hosea 9:10, Matthew 21:18-20, Mark 11:12-14, Luke 3:7-9, 13:6-9, John 1:47-49). Matthew 24:32-51. It is probable that they were passing directly onward, and did not stop then to consider it. It is our purpose – the reason for our existence. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” This is the parable of the fig tree. It was a common word in Greek literature referring to. was not a dead or even a dying hulk of a tree. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? No. Let me go back to a thought that I shared with you this morning. Nearly a dozen times in Matthew 23, Jesus says, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” In Matthew 6 Christ could have been talking about fig trees, when He said, “When thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. “If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. (w) Jarchi & Bartenora in Misn. Matthew 24:32-35 (HCSB) — 32 Now learn this parable from the fig tree: As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. But. He went up to it. saving grace, that man’s maturity may provide him with great faith. Matthew records briefly what Mark records more "fully." It was green and healthy. Was it at Lazarus’ house, or was it some other place? The moral of that story is found in Luke 13:3: “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish.” Christ could have been talking about fig trees, when He said, “When thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. But on the other hand, a man wasted by drink and drugs may be introduced to Christ, and through his weak heart, weak understanding and. Wasn’t this a proper bed and breakfast? “Look at how quickly its life came to an end.”. 34 I assure you: This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things take place. So, if an aged theologian, after studying Christ and the Bible finally comes to understand saving grace, that man’s maturity may provide him with great faith. In addition to songs of adoration and praise, we serve God by serving others. Compare Matthew 21:20. The Parable of the Fig Tree. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. We just need to learn to love, serve and trust God to do what is best in His omniscient sight. But they should be entering the throne room of God, simply asking and trusting Him to bless. The illustrations from the branches and leaves of the fig-tree in Luke 21:29-30, suggest that the season was a somewhat forward one. The tribulation ushers in the kingdom. And presently the fig tree withered away.”. Matthew 21: 23-32 Mark 11: 27-33, Luke 20: 1-8 23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. Obviously, the Lord recognizes each part of the fruit of the Spirit – “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.” Faith especially brings us into contact with the omnipotence of the Almighty. And at once the fig tree withered. T. Bab. Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. That’s a silly question, but then again, not so silly. First, it is seen in Matthew 21:18-22, and then also in Mark 11:12-14. & Demai, c. 1. sect. by faith we understand and enjoy that salvation. The Syrians were driven by God back to their homes, never to be heard from again. This sense would be very probable, did it appear that figs were usually ripe about this time; but the contrary seems manifest, both from Scripture, which represents the fig tree putting forth its leaves, as a sign the summer is nigh, Matthew 24:32 and from the Talmudists, who say (w), that the beginning of leaves, or putting forth of the leaves of trees, is in the month Nisan, the month in which the passover was kept, and so the then present time of the year; and who, from this time, reckon three times fifty days, or five full months before the figs are ripe (x): so that these words are rather a reason why Christ did not expect to find figs on other trees, which he saw in great abundance as he passed along, because the time of common, ordinary figs being ripe, was not come; and why he particularly expected to find some on this tree, because it being full of leaves, appeared to be of a different kind from other fig trees: and was either of that sort which they call , "Benoth Shuach", as Dr. Lightfoot conjectures which were a kind of white figs that were not ripe till the third year (y). In Matthew 24, Jesus told the Parable of the Fig Tree to His disciples (Matt 24:32ff). Sheviith, fol. What does connect the Lord with the human aspect of His creation? He came to it.—St. It was in full foliage, and being so far in advance of its fellows it might not unnaturally have been expected to have had, in the first week of April, the “first ripe fruit” (Hosea 9:10), which usually was gathered in May. This verse is commonly left out of the Israel fig tree establishment scenario, as it destroys the concept. I invite you to take your Bible and do that. he found nothing but mere words, empty boasts, an outward show of religion, an external profession, and a bare performance of trifling ceremonies, and oral traditions; wherefore Christ rejected them, and in a little time after, the kingdom of God, the Gospel, was taken away from them, and their temple, city, and nation, entirely destroyed. Mt 24:32-34: Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. Not to do so, is to forsake our purpose for existence. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!” (Matthew 21… (u) Demonstration of the Messiah, par. It was therefore common property and anyone might lawfully use its fruit. Commonly at the beginning of April the trees that still grow out of the rocks between Bethany and Jerusalem are bare both of leaves and fruit, and so probably it was now with all but the single tree which attracted our Lord’s notice. Erubin, fol. Mount of Olives. 18. The disappointment of the expectations which He had formed in His human craving for food was like the disappointment of the owner of the fig-tree in the parable. The third lesson in this tree is a bit more positive – FAITH. we often best glorify God by serving the rest of creation. For example, Intellect is not necessarily an evil thing to possess and stimulate, but the Lord offers very little praise for brains. How many people have actually promised to serve the Lord at some point in their lives….. And how many people have broken their promise? Presently.—The word is used in its older sense of “immediately.” As with nearly all such words—“anon,” “by and by,” and the like—man’s tendency to delay has lowered its meaning, and it now suggests the thought. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. This tree tried to deceive its Creator, but it couldn’t get away with it. But actually, there is another which also might be called “the parable of the fig tree.” I could have said that Luke 13 is THE fig tree parable. Jesus says “learn a lesson from the fig tree.” This does not mean interpret what the fig tree is. Matthew would lead us to suppose that it was on the day following. It means only "devoting it to destruction," or causing it to wither away. It was a common word in Greek literature referring to an actor – an imitator – a professional deceiver. If it hadn’t promised fruit, would the Lord have cursed it when there was no fruit? Pauline Resolutions – I Corinthians 2:1-8, Statutes of Limitation – Nehemiah 13:1-31, The Christian Wrestler – Ephesians 6:10-18. Having loaves, and appearing healthy and luxuriant, they presumed that there would be fruit on it. That is, before another day. Jesus and the Fig Tree. But the lessons between the first fig tree parable and the second are somewhat different. The fig tree, and all the trees (την συκην και παντα τα δενδρα — tēn sukēn kai panta ta dendra). And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”, “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. This parable, about the Kingdom of God , involves a fig tree , as does the equally brief parable of the barren fig tree . The fig tree is a symbol of Israel s prosperity as a nation. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Can we love and trust God enough to leave all our mountains in His hands? 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near—at the door! There is wide agreement among dispensationalist and futurist scholars that the Parable of the Fig Tree that Jesus told His disciples in His Olivet Discourse was a prophecy of the rebirth of Israel because the fig tree represents national Israel in Scripture (e.g. Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place, (Matthew 24:32-34, emphasis mine). Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”, Jesus’ parable of the fig tree teaches that when we see, ”Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. In depth inductive Bible study of Jesus' parable of the fig tree in Matthew 24:32-44, Mark 13:28-32, and Luke 21:29-33 are good for small group studies. Just for fun, I looked up the name of one of my favorite baseball players the other day on the internet. no hypocrite will come peaceable before the Lord? Sure all trees eventually die – some live long lives and others very short lives – by the will of God. Most scholars believe that Mark was the first gospel and was used as a source by the authors of Matthew and Luke. But a few weeks before (Luke 13:6) He had taken the fig-tree to which “a man came seeking fruit and finding none,” as a parable of the state of Israel. But it was not the size or strength of Hezekiah’s faith – it was a tiny faith laying prostrate before the omnipotent God, asking for His will to be done. The word "curse," as used by him, does not imply "anger," or disappointment, or malice. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? He and the disciples spent the night in Bethany – a night about which we have no information whatsoever. Like the Old Testament prophets who, at the command of God, became living parables, here we have another living and dying parable. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” This fig tree sounded a trumpet – declaring its heritage, vitality and prosperity, but its praise was pointless, because it bore no fruit. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress, “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Oh, perhaps they never intended to become hypocrites, but that is what they have become nevertheless. 2. c. 30. p. 421. This morning we want to return in our study to Matthew chapter 21. But it was barren. So constantly in Shakspeare: O'er whom I gave thee pow'r, here, to this place. I have no doubt that Jehovah takes no thought for the baseball players’ vote of “niceness.”, What does connect the Lord with the human aspect of His creation? But the death of this tree was a minor miracle – it was a negative miracle. And for the Lord to re-create someone – when the Lord calls and redeems someone, calling him “His son” – even more than fig trees and grape vines – Jehovah expects to find fruit in us. It is said that they sometimes produce fruit the year round. 9:10 compared the people of Israel to a fig tree. Several thousand years after that, along comes the Son of Man – and He is hungry. 18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. And it paid the ultimate price. While they all mention the fig tree, this verse adds “and all the trees”. The fact is – it may not be the Lord’s will. 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