Verse 22 – by prayer. The people of this nation are in a covenant relationship with God, and they might outwardly appear to observe his Law. He said, “You couldn’t do it because of your unbelief. I want that. You go to Matthew chapter 13, the parable of the four soils, and you find the good soil, and the good soil is seen as good soil because it produces – what? So he says, “Well, we had one guy on our board that didn’t have the faith, and he blew the whole thing.”. You can watch a teaching demonstration of this children’s sermon on our YouTube Don’t miss the Bible craft ideas for this same passage We post new sermons for kids every week with video demonstrations to help you prepare or to send to your church families Compare “The Waiting Place” from Sermons4Kids Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. c. Hypocrisy is one of the top ten objections that many people have against the Church. But this fig tree was unlike most fig trees. Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! Someday the people are going to be redeemed, and then they will know what it is to be at rest from their enemies. Jerusalem and Judaism is spiritually fruitless, sinful, cursed for judgment. And we watched these people, their hands against the wall, doing this and sticking prayer requests in cracks. It was a place for people, not sheep and goats. It wasn’t until 70 A.D., when the Romans came and sacked the city and totally leveled the temple. a. On Sunday morning, a great multitude from the city move out because the word is out that Jesus is, in fact, in Bethany. Oh, what a mystery: the divine God, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and He gets hungry. It’s like the same kind of faith that is illustrated to us in the Gospel of Luke chapter 11, the Gospel of Luke chapter 18, both of which give us the stories of persistent – persistent people where the guy gets his answer because he knocks, and knocks, and knocks, and knocks, and knocks; and where the lady gets her response because she begs, and begs, and begs, and begs. And if you don’t understand them, you won’t understand why they wanted Him dead. The disciples came back; they couldn’t do a miracle they wanted to do. a. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, in the field. The Messiah would come, and He would come in judgment. Oh, maybe this tree was at a very fertile point in the soil. And Zephaniah, Zechariah, and Micah all tell us also that the King would be none other than God. Like the first fruit on the fig tree in its first season, I saw your fathers. How did He get hungry? And having been affirmed and inaugurated as King on Monday, He then proceeds immediately to do two kingly things. You claim it; it’s yours.” And he claimed it, and it fell through. That’s not a very happy message to give them, but that’s the fact, because they continue to reject the Messiah. “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”. Rooting up mountains became a metaphor for dealing with difficulty, dealing with impossible situations. On Wednesday, He came again to the city of Jerusalem, and again into confrontation with the religious leaders. No doubt around Him, a massive congregation of people who had been attracted to Him by His miracles and by His teaching throughout His ministry in Galilee, Perea, and in Jericho. Listen, you have to understand a little bit about fig trees, and I know as little as anybody, so I’ll tell you what I know. Lazarus whom He has already raised from the dead. He would create utopia to borrow a more modern term. This still doesn't justify why jesus would get angry and curse the tree. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 3. a. Jesus, among other things, was a prophet. That’s in Mark chapter 11. Picture Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes. The completed registration allows us to send order and donation receipts to the email address you provided. Because what do you want? In other words, the Lord is saying if you believe in God enough to be persistent in your prayers, and to start out small and keep praying, and keep praying, and keep praying; let that faith strengthen, and strengthen, and strengthen, then God’s going to respond to that. And that, my dear friends, is why they will be so ripe for the pact that they will make with the Antichrist, as Daniel 9 tells us, because they are still looking for the wrong thing. The fruit of the fig-tree was good and sweet; and so people would often go to a fig-tree to sit back, relax, and reflect while munching away at a fig (John 1:48). People would often walk by a fig tree and pluck off a fig and munch away as they strolled on. Jesus cleansed the temple, and thus He denounced their religion. You’ve got the same power.” And He turns it into a lesson about prayer for them, that you can see the same power working if you believe. And may we accept the fact that all things, whatever we ask believing, we shall receive - in prayer, we can experience, as we pray in Your name; consistent with Your will, Your purpose, Your Son and with persistent faith. But the fig trees are coming back to the land. And along with Him are the ubiquitous disciples, desperately in need of another profound lesson and about to receive one. Then on Monday morning, a very great event took place. In a way, you could almost think of meeting under a fig-tree as the biblical equivalent of meeting at a Starbucks. He said, “Learn the lesson of the fig tree.” We don’t know if Peter, James, John, or any of the earliest disciples understood what he meant. We sent you an email. I mean when’s the last time you saw some mountain moved into the sea because you didn’t doubt God but you persisted in prayer? b. Now, people, the cleansing of the temple and the cursing of the tree then, you see, is very dramatic, don’t you? The second morning they came in, they saw it withered. c. The people of Israel had the mission of proclaiming the truth of God not just to themselves but to ALL people. We think that God builds His Church by better programs. e. Jews would stream into the temple from all over the place and need to buy animals for their passover sacrifice. The faith of a grain of mustard seed is this. Somebody wrote, “Nothing but leaves; the spirit grieves/Over a wasted life/Or sins committed while conscience slept/Promises made, but never kept/Hatred, battle, and strife/Nothing but leaves!/Nothing but leaves; no garnered sheaves/Of life’s fair, ripened grain/Words, idle words, for earnest deeds/We so our seeds – lo! Boy, when I see a verse like 22 of Matthew 21, “All things whatever you shall ask in prayer, believing you shall receive,” that’s a pretty dynamite promise, folks. And he said to the dresser of his vineyard, ‘Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none.’” I don’t know, maybe that has something to say to connect up with the three years of our Lord’s ministry, calling for fruit from Israel. Well, for Matthew, it’s a combination of Tuesday and Wednesday; he just brings the two together. Many people have been turned off of Christianity because they have watched the lives of those in the Church and saw that often they don't live what is preached. He would be able to make it all work out the way it was supposed to. Registered User He killed that tree with His word, “Tree, you’re dead from here on.”. Well, yes, but that’s – that’s not talking about small faith. And while it is a national illustration in the parable, it certainly has individual implications. The next frame has no words. 25"There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. You don’t get an answer, so you quit. In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. b. With the breaking of the dawn, Jesus told His disciples to go find a particular animal that was tied in a nearby village by the name of Bethphage, to bring that animal, along with its mother. The Lord’s going to send on you cursing, vexation, rebuke” – and it goes on and on and on, clear to the end of the chapter; that’s verse 68. So, the presence of fig trees are the mark of the prosperity of the land, the absence of fig trees, the mark of the judgment of the land. That’s essentially the message of Jesus as the King. If you've ever driven that way, you will have noticed the many, huge fig trees along the roadside. Right? “What more could I have done to my vineyard?” And the answer is nothing more. Meanwhile, when the crowd gathered by the thousands, so that they trampled on one another, he began to speak first to his disciples, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees, that is, their hypocrisy. I invite you to take your Bible and do that. He moved up from Jericho to Jerusalem. It could have been done a lot earlier. In chapter 28, “It’ll come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments, which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth” - in other words, if you’re obedient – “God’ll bless you, and all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God. God's forgiveness, His love and ultimately His judgment. It is amazing that Jesus was able to pack so much activity into a seven day period of time. They misunderstand the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the Messiah today as much as they did in the past. “And as we ask in prayer, believing, we receive.” Oh, not that we may consume it on our lusts, because James 4:3 says we won’t get those kind of things. The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Israel had proven unfruitful with respect to God's purpose for her. Parable of the Fruitless Fig Tree Luke 13.1-9 . The leaves are symbolic of Israel’s religious activity, and the fruitlessness is equally symbolic of Israel. Being reminded, Peter said to him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which you cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:20–22) Look again at the last four words in that passage. But they also had symbolic significance. And it has been a patient pronunciation. a. You ought to put a circle around it in your Bible and see if it is being applied in your life. The first three verses of this section form the second part of the story of the fig tree (11:12–14), which sandwiches the account of the cleansing of the temple. The, “Hosannas to the son of David, blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord” rang throughout that city, as they hailed Him as their Messiah, their long-awaited King, the one who could raise the dead and had demonstrated that by raising Lazarus, and whom they believed would now come as the conquering hero to throw over the Roman yoke and liberate the children of Israel from their bondage. The Everliving Story: The Parable of the Budding Fig Tree (Dr. Jerry Harmon 12/06/20) - Sermon Videos This message was preached by Dr. Jerry Harmon at Grace Bible Baptist Church located at 1518 N. Rolling Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228 (410-788-6132). And then from there, He goes right in and cleanses the temple. Life for them is reduced to the basic things: survival and defense. Sometimes, people would sit and have conversations under a fig tree. First, cleanse the temple; second, curse the tree. Lord, if there are some in our fellowship – and we know there are – who have nothing but leaves, whose lives are devoid of fruit, who shall meet the Master, bearing their withered leaves while He looks for perfect fruit, and stand before Him humbled, mute, waiting the words He breathes, “Nothing but leaves?”. Why? So the temple would sell them at a premium price because people needed them. “I built a moat around it, insulated it with a protective ceremonial system and social system. They’re saying, “Lord, what power. The Lord was patient, but He cursed the tree. Notice at the end of verse 19, “Immediately the fig tree withered away.” When He cursed it, it died. He wants the swing and says, "Get off the swing, Twinky." iii. It never did bring fruit; it still hasn’t brought fruit. And this is a principle for the disciples. In the scripture before today’s reading Jesus is talking to crowds of people. They’re under a curse: the curse that our Lord pronounced upon them, the curse that Isaiah pronounced upon them, the curse that’s pronounced upon them by God in Deuteronomy. Boy, how fast that thing died. In fact, you go all the way back to Genesis 49:10, and you will see there that God promised, clear back in the first book of the Bible, that there would come a king out of Judah, and He would have a scepter, and that scepter would belong to Him as the rightful heir. Several times they said, as we visited the Holocaust Museum, “And that’s what our enemies want to do to us again. The design of the temple included a place for Gentiles to congregate because God had called Abraham, the patriarch of the Jewish people, to be a blessing to ALL nations. I want whatever God wants for me. The rate of exchange was also a premium. In fact there are some Orthodox Jews in Israel who do not recognize the State of Israel. There is the promise of a King coming, the one who would reign supreme. And so, our Lord, in His hunger, sees this fig tree, and it says it was along the way, which means it was a roadside fig tree; He wasn’t invading someone’s private orchard. Philip finds Nathanael, and says to him, “We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, … That’s not mustard seed; that’s not getting stronger, and bigger, and larger. With its focus on business, the temple supplied no fruit, did not nourish any hungry or thirsty soul with the gospel of peace-with-God and forgiveness of sins. We think God builds His Church by better plans, by better ideas, and we fail to realize that where God really wants to reveal His power is through persistent prayers of His people. Good morning. You wish that tree dead, and it was dead.”. The second day, when they came back in by the same tree, they saw that it was already dead.” It wasn’t dying; it was already dead. Like this fig tree, the nation of Israel has a deceptive appearance. Nathaniel – John 1:48 – may well have been under his own fig tree when called to the discipleship of Christ. b. And if it bear fruit, well; and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.’” Give it a little more time, Lord. In fact, it becomes commonplace; you don’t think anything of it. That’s a profound lesson. Verse 49 says, “The Lord’s going to bring a nation against you from the end of the earth, as swift as an eagle; a nation whose tongue you don’t understand.” And all of that is curse. 27Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory. Now, the Jews believed that their King would come and would be a military leader; would save the State of Israel, if you will, from Roman bondage; would bring about a prosperity that was promised in the Old Testament. We throw superficial, shallow, little prayers at God that are so trite, lack so much intensity and so much passion that they dishonor God by even being offered. Intro: We are walking with Jesus and His disciples through the last week of His earthly life. Mark says the first morning He came in, found the tree, cursed it. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. c. Why would Jesus expect fig's to be on a tree that was out of season? Jesus of Nazareth Meets Nathanael of the Fig Tree – A Sermon on John 1:43-51, Epiphany 2B The collect and readings for the Second Sunday after Epiphany may be found here . Fig trees can get 20 feet high, and then get 20 feet wide, and their great shade trees. The pilot is saying, “Please be seated and buckle your seatbelt,” or “Take your seat in the aisle; we’re trying to serve lunch,” or whatever. “And he answering said unto him, ‘Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it and fertilize it. It may have been that it was near a brook, and water was in abundance, provided to the roots. So, you start out small, and if it doesn’t happen, you don’t say, “Well, I give up. As the fig tree was cursed, so was the nation of Israel, fit only to be cast into the fire. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. And the principle I want you to see because He points it out is in verses 21 and 22. And some of us have not received the blessing of God in our lives simply because we have not persisted in prayer. We watched all of this, and all this religion going on all around, and you’re just overwhelmed with the fact that it’s all without any righteous fruit. This time He went directly to the temple. But that is the essence of His humanness. The beginning and the end help us to understand the middle. And as they approached the city of Jerusalem, He, on Saturday, stops at the little village of Bethany, a village of several hundred people two miles to the east of Jerusalem, on the backside of the Mount of Olives. What we’re seeing now in Israel is not the regathering of the nation prophesied in the Bible. It may have been that somebody specially cared for that, or it may have been that God just had that tree bloom a little early. I’m a King, but not the kind of king you’re used to.”. Like grapes in the wilderness, I found Israel. “I took all the stones out” - removed all the enemies. You should have had the faith of a grain of mustard seed.”, You say, “Now wait a minute. “And they marveled” – it says in verse 20. Jesus gave clear instructions to the early disciples. That’s what they’re saying. And so, when He comes, just after He’s been inaugurated King, He does two things immediately. So, everybody went out and cut down all their trees. In Psalm 2, the one who would have power over the nations, who would rule them with a rod of iron, the nations being placed under His feet. He uses water, birds, animals, weather, wineskins, trees, flowers. And this was not consistent with what they expected. Appearing to bear fruit but barren and cursed. As you may be aware, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into full effect on 25th May 2018. What power. I mean genuine, redeemed, born-again Christians - not quote-unquote Christians because they have Orthodox heritage in the Greek Orthodox Church or whatever. A fig tree in the Old Testament was a symbol of blessing, of peace, of abundance – and that was due both to the fruit it bore and to the shade it gave. Mark tells us the first meeting with the fig tree was on the first day He came in to cleanse the temple. That regathering is going to be done by the Messiah in a redeeming work. This is a most interesting thing. 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