2006-04-19 - What's Behind the Fig Leaves?
Matthew speaks of Jesus cursing an idle fig tree. This week we will focus on the story from Jesus' perspective. Next time, we will see the story from the disciples' point of view.
It was early in the morning, and Jesus was famished, before the days of convenience stores and drive-thru windows. He saw a fig tree and thought the fruit would satisfy His appetite. When Jesus got close enough to pick a piece of fruit, there wasn't any to pick. No food. No breakfast. It's Jesus, the Son of God - so no sweat. He could just call on God and miraculously receive food, any food for that matter, even something tastier than figs. He didn't. Instead, He showed His human disappointment and cursed the tree to never bear fruit again. I have been riddled with hunger pangs myself, and not once have I thought to curse my cupboard - have you?
Jesus' words in Matthew 12:33 provide a hint into Jesus' decision to curse the tree. "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit." (NIV) After Jesus denounced the tree, people would automatically know it was barren. This applies to people as well. Who wouldn't like to know beforehand what type of person you are about to deal with?
Are you a tree full of ripe fruit, or are you a droopy, withered and barren one?