Press’n on in examining the Word of the Lord related to the days prior to Jesus being crucified…
We do not know all the details.
Some of what we do know can be interpreted in varied ways.
Yet, the foundation is clear.
The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.
It is now Nisan 12.
Two days to Nisan 14, Passover.
Nisan 12, Third Day Before Passover
Our Sunday sunset to Monday sunset
Read the following portions of the Word
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Conner gives this brief outline to the events of the day…
- in the morning (our Monday a.m) the Lord returns to Jerusalem
- the fig-tree cursed
- the temple, further cleansing (the whole thought of repeated cleansing is interesting)
- in the temple, further teaching “certain Greeks”
- opposition of the rulers
- Jesus goes out of the city (probably to Bethany)
The encounter with the fig tree is interesting.
Jesus was hungry.
He was human as we.
When He saw that the tree consisted of leaves only, no fruit, Jesus declared that no fruit was to grow it from then on. Presently the fig tree withered away. Mark tells us it was not the season for figs. Hummm?
Jesus was not moving out of anger, resentment, frustration nor hunger.
He was giving a living parable.
Some say that the fig tree represented Israel.
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.
The Fig Tree does not always represent Israel.
It can be argued that it never “represents” Israel.
Yes, Israel was like this particular fig tree - leafy and green...a great show of religion, yet empty of the Lord...even the Temple did not have the Ark of the Covenant in the Holy of Holies.
Still, the greater teaching of the fig tree here is that of faith and prayer.
Jesus declared the points…
If ye have faith, and doubt no, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, ‘be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;, it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Asking in all things.
Asking in all things in prayer.
You shall receive.
The question often arises.
“Then why is it that I ask and do not receive?”
Because we pray from selfish, fleshly desire.
We do not pray that which Father is releasing.
Again, note the reaction of the chief priests and scribes…
- began to seek how to destroy Him
- they were afraid of Him
- because the whole crowds were astonished at His teaching
- Luke tells us that the people were hanging on to very word He said
Why did the leadership react this way?
Fear of loss of control and manipulation.
We also see that Jesus went daily to the temple, teaching the people and religious leadership.
The John passage is worth close examination...today. Read it a couple of times. Meditate. Watch what Jesus said…
- the hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified
- corn of wheat die...much fruit
- he that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal
- if any man serve me, let him follow me
- now my soul is troubled…
- Father, glorify Thy name… God responds from heaven!
- now is the judgment of this world
- now shall the prince of this world be cast out
- I will be lifted up from the earth.. signifies the type of death
Still the people did not believe.
Though many believed, even the chief rulers.
They could not believe - eyes blinded, hearts hardened.
Those who do not believe will not be judged by Jesus, but by the Word He spoke which came from Father.
Jesus spoke what Father said.
So should we.