Lessons from the Fig-1
Mark 11:13 “And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not [yet]
Over the next few days we will be considering the broad topic; “Lessons from the fig”. It will be treated under different sub-topics and I believe the Holy Spirit will open our eyes to some deep truths and revelations.
There are different fig trees in the bible but I want us to pick some very vital lessons from this particular one, because of its encounter with Jesus.
As a foundation, let’s understand one or two things about a fig tree. A fig tree contains a wealth of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium and chlorine. It has been cultivated from the early ages for its commercial value.
We know about the fig as far back as the Garden of Eden, covering up the shame of Adam and Eve. In fact, it’s the only tree specified that we know for sure was in the garden.
The fruit of the fig tree generally appears before the leaves, and, because the fruit is green it blends in with the leaves right up until it is almost ripe.
Now, back to our focal scripture, “And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not [yet].” (Mark 11:13)
Jesus saw this fig tree afar and was so sure it has fruits because figs produce fruits before leaves. He saw the leaves from far and naturally assumed it has fruits but was disappointed to see it was just full of leaves without fruits
Just leaves! Leaves represent works and hypocrisy. This was clearly the position of this tree. Full of “works” and highly hypocritical.
To be continued…
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