You shall bring us… a shrubbery!!

Ahem… anyways,

Those who are Christians or that have at least read the bible know that Jesus was a pretty peaceful man. He only had a few outrages (they were always backed with a good cause) in His life time (that we know of), and most of the time He finds that diplomatic conversation usually solves the problems he is confronted with.

We turn to Mark, chapter 11. Jesus is hungry. He has been traveling for days, teaching the word of God and answering stupid questions posed to him by the Pharisees. You know what, let me put this into story form:

Jesus was hungry. He and his disciples hadn’t eaten that morning, and their meal the previous night was lacking.

They were walking along a path, when John noticed a fig tree. “Teacher,” he called “let us eat from this fig tree so that we may be full again.”

Jesus went towards the tree and saw that it was green and full of life. He reached for a fig, and after a time of searching, realized that there were no figs hanging from the tree. He climbed, trying to go higher and find a fig that maybe had escaped his grasp from below. He found nothing. Jumping down, he felt his stomach growl. He backed away from the tree, raised his shaky hand and said “May no one eat from your leaves again!”

They walked away hungry.

Ok, answer me this: the Bible specifically states that the fig tree wasn’t in season. So why was Jesus expecting fruit from the tree in the first place? And to me, it sounds like he is cursing all the fig trees in the entire world, damming them from ever baring fruit again. But if you continue to read Mark chapter 11, the disciples and Jesus come back to the same tree to find it withered and dead, while I’m sure, passing dozens of other perfectly healthy fig trees.

Obviously Jesus wasn’t throwing a temper tantrum about the fig tree not producing fruit out of season. Jesus answered Peter when he pointed out that the same fig tree was withered and dead the next day.

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Jesus was teaching them a lesson the entire time.

“When you have faith in God, when you believe in Him completely, there isn’t anything you can’t accomplish with His help. ”

So no, Jesus does not hate the fig tree, nor does he get angry for no real reason. Everything he does has a good and perfect reason because Jesus is perfect.

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