On 24 hours later, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. Seeing far away a fig tree in leaf, He visited see if perhaps He’d find anything onto it; and when He came to it, He found just leaves, because of it wasn’t the growing season for figs. He explained to it, “May nobody ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening… As these were passing by each morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. Being reminded, Peter thought to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.” And Jesus answered saying in their mind, “Trust God. “Truly I say for your requirements, whoever says to the mountain,’Be taken on and cast into the ocean,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it is likely to be granted him.”
First i’d like to remind us that individuals should not question Jesus in the incorrect spirit. Whatever He does is ideal and good and proper. But quite often His actions sung mỹ cần thơ raise eyebrows and grab our attention, which is just what He wants!
The secular, carnal man will understand this text and see an impatient individual who was simply hungry, and got ticked off when the fruit he was expecting to get and eat, wasn’t there. Cursing followed, as men is going to do when they’re upset.
People of God filled up with God’s Spirit and knowing even a little of God’s ways can certainly not attribute such characteristics to the Son of God. Human means sinful to us. But originally, Adam was created perfect. This is actually the second Adam, still walking in perfect humanity and subjected Divinity.
Humanly speaking, He did get hungry. He saw a fig tree. He really did expect a small meal to emerge, nonetheless it did not.
The Heavenly part kicks in here. The Father, with whom He was in constant contact, brought to the Son’s attention a golden chance for teaching out of this incident.
You will see no anger in this passage. None. No uncontrollable man governed by his belly. That is a Western thing, not really a Godly one. He was disappointed, but immediately the thought came to Him to express something relating to this happening that could teach an invaluable lesson – 2 lessons actually – to the disciples.
The first of the two lessons Jesus also taught in a parable in Luke 13:
“And He began telling this parable: “A person had a fig tree which have been planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit onto it and didn’t find any. And he explained to the vineyard-keeper,’Behold, for 36 months I have come looking for fruit with this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even consume the bottom?’ “And he answered and thought to him,’Allow it alone, sir, for this season too, until I dig around it and place in fertilizer; and when it bears fruit next year, fine; but when not, cut it down.’ ”
The allusion is clear. Here and elsewhere the “fig tree” is Israel, God’s special planting in Canaan land that has been this kind of disappointment. Oh how God wanted fruit from that tree! So much effort and love seemingly gone to waste. I say seemingly, though we know that God cannot waste any effort. Something good arises from Israel, without a doubt! The Scriptures, the exemplory case of the fathers, the prophets, Jesus Himself, the initial church, and eventually “all Israel” is likely to be saved. (That’s another subject.)
And dare we also mention that a tree that will not bear fruit is also such as a Christian who not do the same? I think it is fair to mention that individuals are within the parable and in the “incident.” Disappoint Him long enough, and the curse is swift and sure.
But as you will see in Peter’s response and then Jesus’24 hours later, there was a two-fold lesson to be learned here. Lesson 2 had related to the ability of God and our usage of it by faith. Though nothing “happened” when the words were uttered – as inside our seemingly unanswered prayers – 24 hours later the results were clear. And when we wait long enough and believe long enough, what we say to God and to even men will have results.
No, this is no idle anger from the hungry man. This is God the Master Teacher benefiting from a teachable moment to instill wisdom in His followers then and now.
I suppose that is a third lesson: regardless of how disappointing or difficult the circumstance where we find ourselves, God can transform it into an integral part of our education, if we’ll listen real hard…