Monday, April 10, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Barren Fig Tree


                                         The Barren Fig Tree - All leaves, no fruits



Monday April 10
Holy Monday

Bible Reading:     Matt. 21: 18 - 27

Topic:         The Barren Fig Tree

Some Theologians say that on this variety of fig tree, the fruit is first formed before the leaves appear.

So one would expect to find satisfying fruit on this fig tree that is in full leaf but that was not the case. Jesus did not curse the tree simply because there was no fruit, but He used it to make visual illustration of the state of religious Israel.

Israel had produced an outward show of righteousness which they had created after their traditions (15: 1-9; Mark 7: 1-9), yet did not produce fruit by accepting Jesus as the Messiah (Jer. 2: 21)

                      Jesus and His Disciples noticed that the Fig Tree had withered!!

Jesus remains the True Source from which Christians (Jews and Gentiles alike) - the true Israel by faith - receive spiritual sustenance and the grace to bear fruit worthy of repentance (John 15: 2; Gal. 5: 21-23)

Another positive lesson to be learned from the withered fig tree is the incredible power of believing prayer authoritatively spoken in accordance with God's Will and Purpose.

In reference to this episode, Jesus promises in Mark 11: 24, "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask, when you pray believe that you receive them, and you will have them". How often do you key into this promise?

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, please help me to produce fruit worthy of repentance, Amen

Memory verse:   Matt. 21 : 21

"Jesus answered and said unto them 'Verily I say unto you, if ye have faith and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree  but also if ye shall say unto the Mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, it shall be done"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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