PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE
MARK CHAPTER 11
Brothers I have told you many times before that we are the Church, and that the building that we go into to worship is the sanctuary. Please allow me to teach too you the parable of the fig tree as the Holy Spirit has revealed unto me.
Read now the teaching of Jesus in this the eleventh chapter of the book of Mark.
1 And when they came nigh to Jerusalem, unto Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount of Olives, he sendeth forth two of his disciples,
2 And saith unto them, Go your way into the village over against you: and as soon as ye be entered into it, ye shall find a colt tied, whereon never man sat; loose him, and bring him.
3 And if any man say unto you, Why do ye this? say ye that the Lord hath need of him; and straightway he will send him hither.
4 And they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door without in a place where two ways met; and they loose him.
5 And certain of them that stood there said unto them, What do ye, loosing the colt?
6 And they said unto them even as Jesus had commanded: and they let them go.
7 And they brought the colt to Jesus, and cast their garments on him; and he sat upon him.
Brothers please make note here that in all of the New Testament this is the only time that Jesus did not walk to his destination.
8 And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down branches off the trees, and strawed them in the way.
9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
This is how that the world would treat a king entering a great city from a far off place.
11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
See here that his destination, on the back of the young colt, was not only Jerusalem, but the Jewish Temple. Also please note that Jesus did not spend the night in Jerusalem, but rather he choose to go out of the gate of Jerusalem, just as he would be taken out of the gates of Jerusalem to be crucified.
He, and his disciples traveled to Bethany on the mount of olives, and there they would spend the night.
12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
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.
14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
Brothers, Jesus saw all of these things going on, the day before as he entered, and walked around looking upon all of these things that were being allowed to go on in the Temple.
Yet he, and his disciples left the Temple and Jerusalem to travel to Bethany to spend the night only to return the next morning. Why?
Please continue reading, and I will show you one of the lessons that is being taught us here.
17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
S18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.
Once again they left in the evening, and traveled back to Bethany.
20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
Brothers, Jesus rode on a young colt that had never been sat upon by man into Jerusalem. As he traveled into that great city his followers spread their garments upon the ground for him to pass over. He was treated as the King that he was, and is, and shall be.
He entered the temple, and saw all of the unrighteousness there in. How that the scribes and chief priests were allowing the money changers to buy and sell in the Holy Temple.
He said that they had turned God's house of prayer into a den of thieves.
Then he turned over all of the tables, and bodily cast the money changers out of the house of God.
Now lets go back to their trip into Jerusalem from Bethany. We are told here that Jesus was hungry, and seeing a fully leaved fig tree off in the distance he walked to it hoping that he would find fruit there that he might eat. When he did not find any fruit on the fig tree he cursed it for bearing no fruit.
Brothers, Jesus was God incarnate. He knew before he came to the tree that it was not yet the season for figs. But, he sought the fruit from the fig tree anyway, and then he cursed the tree telling it that it would never again bear fruit because it had none at this time.
In this day it is not yet the day of His appearing, but he expects us to be bearing fruit in anticipation of the day that he will call us home to Heaven. Brothers one day we will have to give account as to why we did not bear fruit. If we do not bear fruit now in this day then we will be cursed by Jesus, and shall whither away as did the fig tree in this parable.
Brothers, how many sanctuary's in this day have the look of the fig tree from a distance. But, when you enter into the building that is intended to be the house of prayer. You find that it may be huge, and arrayed with many beautiful things which make it look very religious. But, you sit trough one or more of their services, and are not fed. You are hungry for the fruit of God's Holy Word. But, you leave hungry having found no fruit in this His sanctuary.
All to often over the years in my travels, I have entered a sanctuary seeking to be fed as Jesus was in this day. But, I left hungry for the teaching of God's word. I sought the fruit of his word, but was not fed just as Jesus was not fed here by this fig tree.
The Holy Spirit will enter these sanctuary's ready, and willing to fill the spirit of man. It is especially sad that the lost may be able to sit in some of these sanctuary's many times, and not be quickened by the teaching here because that there are no figs upon the tree.
Do you see that just as Jesus through the money changers out of the temple in Jerusalem, He will one day throw the present day money changers who are charged with delivering the fruit that his children may be fed. Both the lost and the saved. Are you being fed? Are you feeding others who are hungry? Have you found a sanctuary were you can eat of the fruit which grows there?
I pray that you have, and if not I pray that you will seek that tree, which may be in the distance, were that you will be fed to the fullness that God intended. I hope for you that you do sit under a fig tree that is full of beautiful leaves, but bear no fruit. I also hope that you do not continue to return to the fig tree that has withered away expecting to be fed the fruit of the Holy Word of God.
22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
27 And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,
28 And say unto him, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority to do these things?
29 And Jesus answered and said unto them, I will also ask of you one question, and answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things.
30 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me.
31 And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then did ye not believe him?
32 But if we shall say, Of men; they feared the people: for all men counted John, that he was a prophet indeed.
33 And they answered and said unto Jesus, We cannot tell. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.
Brothers we know that it was by God the Fathers authority that Jesus through the money changers out of the temple there in Jerusalem more than two centuries ago.
I also tell you now that the money changers of this day who are not feeding His flock will be cursed to whither away. They must begin to bear fruit as the fig tree was required to do in Jesus' day as told to us in this parable of Mark 11.
God Bless you my brothers, and my soon to be brothers.
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