What did the fig tree say to Jesus?

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So Elray asks, what did the fig tree say to Jesus? That’s an interesting question. That’s like a setup to a joke. Yeah, I know. I’m like I hope you’re not joking.

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The fig tree didn’t say anything. But I’m assuming you’re referring to the story in Matthew 21 where Jesus speaks to the fig tree. And I’ll just quickly share the context of this in Matthew 21, starting in verse excuse me, I just moved it. Oh, goodness. I’m so sorry.

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I just lost my there it is in verse 20. Or let’s go up verse 18. So Matthew 21, verse 18, it says now in the morning, as he was, Jesus returned to the city. He was hungry, and seeing a fig tree this is verse 19. And seeing a fig tree by the road, he came to it and found nothing on it but leaves and said to it, let no fruit grow on you ever again.

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Immediately the fig tree withered away.

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I’m guessing that’s what you’re talking to because Jesus spoke to the fig tree. But did the fig tree speak back? No, it’s a fig tree. But the purpose of this story is simply to show the power of God’s word and to be an illustration of what the nation of Israel was during that time. The nation of Israel was supposed to be bearing much fruit, just like it says we read about earlier in John, chapter 15.

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He who abides in me will bear much fruit, being the fruit of the Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, temperance, all these beautiful attributes of God. But Israel did not have any of those fruits during that time that Jesus saw. We saw that the nation of Israel basically crucified Jesus. They didn’t want this character that God had revealed in Jesus to be their king.

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They wanted what they wanted, which was their own selfish way. And sadly, that led to their destruction, as you see in the destruction of Jerusalem in 80, 70. And what I’ll say to this, though, is it also reminds me of the power of God’s word, that when Jesus says something, it happens. And we can also have this same power with the words that we say if we say them in faith in accordance to God’s will. And Jesus says this to his disciples, if you keep going in Matthew 21, verse 20, he says, and his disciples thought they marveled, saying, how did the fig tree wither away so soon?

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So Jesus answered and said to them in verse 21, assuredly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what is done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, be removed and be cast in the sea, it will be done. And whatsoever things you ask and prayer believing, you will receive. And of course, we know that we have to not just say, oh, I believe, but believe in accordance to God’s will. As it says in one John 514 and 15, not just selfishly or just doubting, but truly submitting to God’s will. We can ask things, and by faith we can see miracles happen as we truly believe and speak according to faith in him.

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Jay or Wendy. Any other thoughts on that one? Amen.

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