“Leafy and Fruitless”

October 24, 2017

“Leafy and Fruitless”

Blessings folk!

Jesus had arrived in Jerusalem and vicinity.

We learn much about what happened the next few days as we examine all the gospels.

Give heed to what Mark reveals…

Mar 11:11-14

Jesus entered Jerusalem and came into the temple;
and after looking around at everything,
He left for Bethany with the twelve, since it was already late.

On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry.

Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening.

Jesus observed Jerusalem and the temple.
He then left with the twelve and went to Bethany, outside the city, since it was late.

They left Bethany the next day.
Jesus became hungry.

Yes, Jesus was human.
He hungered.
He became tired.
He slept.
He napped…remember, on the boat?
He grieved.
He hurt.
He became angry.
He wept.

All without sin.

When He found no fruit on the fig tree He declared that no one would ever eat fruit from it again.

Was it wrong to expect fruit from a fig tree outside of the season for figs?
Even outside of season there would be some residual fruit from the previous season?

This is likely a picture.
A picture of Israel.
Israel is referenced as a fig tree in several places in the Word.
The tree looked good…many leaves.
Israel “looked good” in the eyes of man…especially the Jews.

Yet, there was not fruit.
The fruit of the Law was coming to an end.
The season of the Law was soon to pass.

Much of the professing church today is as Israel was.
It looks good.
It looks “leafy”.
Yet, it is fruitless.

May we have eyes to see.
May we have ears to hear.