Mark 11: 12, 13, 14, 20, 21
12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.
13 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.
14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”
And His disciples heard it.
20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
Jesus cursed the fig tree when it was not its season to produce fruits. Why was He angry or just stone hearted?
If we read about fig tree, the fig trees unlike other fruits do not have flowers. Small insects inside the fruits help in pollination. The flowers are present inside the fruits. Fig fruits are mostly found in Palenstine.
On a fig tree, before the leaves form, small fruits like structures arise in between the leave which looks green. They are called Taqsh. Taqsh are immature fruits that later falls off. Taqsh develops into a fruit bud after 3 to 6 months. These taqsh are eaten by the shepherds and common people. Another interesting fact about the fig tree is that if these taqsh don’t come there will be only green leaves in the tree with no fruits making the tree useless. Fruits can never arise without appearance of taqsh.
Jesus came looking for this Taqsh, Since there was nothing, He cursed the plant because He knew it will be of no use.
God always expects us to lead a fruitful life in all seasons. Fruitful means we must have the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23) and we must also praise Him, worship Him and do good deeds every time. We must not be just or holy only during Sundays or only during festivals like Christmas, New year or Easter. We must be always fruitful and we must also help others like the Taqsh. When we start to do this, initially we grow into a good fruit which pleases the Lord, then He will come and pick us or else we will be cursed.
People around us may not know about us, they look at our outer appearance. We may cheat them appearing to be holy. We may look like green leaves which attract people and make them think everything is fine. But we must be careful because God our maker knows everything. We may read the Bible and we may even pray but there may be some inner lusts and grudge or anger or things inside our heart. He expects us to be true and fruitful as His coming is very near, there is no time we have to repent and start giving fruits without hiding ourselves in and thinking we are alright and holy as green leaves. If we don’t change ourselves as He expects us to, God will curse us when He comes near us. He will say He never knew us as the verse says in the gospel of Matthew.
Another interesting fact about fig tree is about the branches of fig trees. Unlike branches of other trees, fig branches float on water when they are wet but if they are dry, they go deep down into the water. Spiritually we must be wet in order to survive. We, the church are the branches. We must always be wet by having the word of God and the Holy Spirit in us to be God’s chosen people. Only if we float on water, somebody will pick up the branch.
The last and important fact about the fig tree is that if the fig trees are fruitful and gives more fruit, the gardener allows grape vine to grow on them. If we lead a fruitful life Jesus the true vine will abide with us.
If you abide in me and my words abide in you ask what you shall be done unto you.
The church will be united with Christ when it is truly fruitful and loyal. They share nutrients and also support each other. We become true Christians by becoming one in Him. He shares and teaches us many hidden secrets and also purifies us. Then later we will be pleased by God, the Father and we become chosen to serve Him in glory. We will be harvested by the husband man for making the best wine.