Today we begin a three part study on how Faith can accomplish the absolute impossible. Lesson three will be presented in our Sunday Bible Study which will summaries this week’s entire lesson.
As we begin our study of this very important lesson, we have set before us today two precepts; (1) absolute faith and (2) doing the absolute impossible.
Let us look at the scripture and see what it tells us in Mark 11:20-24 AMP:
In the morning, when they were passing along, they noticed that the fig tree was withered [completely] away to its roots.
And Peter remembered and said to Him, Master, look! The fig tree which You doomed has withered away!
And Jesus, replying, said to them, Have faith in God [constantly].
Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.
For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].
The precept of the first asks the question of why was the fig tree both cursed and withered. This passage emphasizes the power of true faith. Some have suggested that the fig tree represented Israel, which bore no fruit and would soon face the judgment of God.
The second precept illustrates the casting of an enormous mountain into the sea is an extreme example of the absolutely impossible. Let us understand that Jesus always insistent upon simply believing. The point here is, having faith in God can accomplish the impossible.
The next morning, Tuesday, Jesus and his disciples passed by the same fig tree they had passed the day before. Jesus had cursed the tree, saying that no one would ever eat from it. By the next day, in the morning light, they could see that the tree had withered.
The disciples could not think why that fig-tree should so soon wither away; but all wither who reject Christ; it represented the state of the Jewish church. We should rest in no religion that does not make us fruitful in good works. Our lives are supposed to be the living example of the fruit trees. If we are truly living for Christ and walking in our faith, we will bare much fruit.
This incident is the Savior’s interpretation of the tumultuous welcome He had just received in Jerusalem. Fig trees in Bible lands produced an early edible fruit before the leaves appeared. It was a harbinger of the regular crop, here described as the season for figs. If no early figs appeared, it was a sign that there would be no regular crop later on. When Jesus came to the nation of Israel, there were leaves, which speak of profession, but there was no fruit for God. This reminds me of the farmers saying, “The harvest is ripe, but the labors are few.” There was promise without fulfillment, profession without reality. Jesus was hungry for fruit from the nation. Because there was no early fruit, He knew that there would be no later fruit from that unbelieving people, and so He cursed the fig tree.
This concludes our lesson for today, in lesson two we will begin with Jesus teaching His Disciples how to Pray in Faith, and how that same teaching still applies to each one of us today. Please do not miss any of these very important lessons. They will inspire you, encourage you and bless you all at the same moment in time. Now have a blessed and prospers’ day living and working in the Lord. In Jesus name, Amen!
- Life of Christ – Part 16 – Early Passion Week(3) – The Fig Tree (edraby.wordpress.com)
- Withering Fig Trees (thoughtfulspot.typepad.com)
- Is the Leaf Still on the Fig Tree (maboulette.wordpress.com)
- Hard Sayings of the Bible on Luke 13.6 (blogging2ordination.wordpress.com)