1/29/16 Say To This Tree…

The Temple authorities are frustrated.  Here He is, in full view of everyone at the Temple, and they can do nothing about it.  Even worse, they still know nothing about His whereabouts unless He chooses to appear to the people, nor have they made any progress in their plan to entice someone in His group to give Him up.  They are, strangely enough, working in God’s plan, but it is  not yet the right time.  Instead, Jesus comes and goes where and when He pleases.  He and His apostles are staying at the home of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha in Bethany every night and re-entering Jerusalem each morning.  This morning, Jesus realized He had not had His fill at breakfast, and His stomach rumbles as they pass a fig tree bursting with bright green leaves.  He eagerly goes up to it, searching for any ripe figs, though He knows that it is not yet the season for figs to be ripe.  He glances back at His apostles, ready for another lesson, then speaks to the tree in an angry tone, saying, “May no one ever eat of your fruit again!”  The apostles are surprised at this outburst; it is so unlike Him.  But when they look back at the tree, they are even more surprised.  Before their astonished eyes, the tree turns gray from the roots all the way up to the tallest branches and loses all of its leaves.

 

Matthew 21:18-19, Mark 11:12-20

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