From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on Mark 11:13-14, 20

And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it.  When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.  In response, Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”. . . Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.                       NKJV

Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree is a symbolic indictment of the apostate nation of Israel as the Jews would reject Him as their Messiah and Savior (Matt. 23:37).

The Lord’s charge to the nation of Israel was to be a light to the gentile nations, thus bringing forth spiritual and eternal fruit for God’s glory (Isa. 49:6).  But the backslidden nation of Israel was disobedient to the commandments of the Lord, and their rebellion eventually culminated in their rejection of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah and Savior (John 1:11).

As a result of their rejection of Him as Messiah and Savior, Jesus would curse the nation of Israel, just as He had cursed the barren fig tree, foretelling Israel’s destruction by the Roman army in 70 A.D. (Matt. 23:38-24:2).

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