Morning Morsels 024: The Lesson of the Fig Tree

Do not be a fig tree in leaf; bear actual fruit.

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Shalom, and happy morning to you. During one of the daily morning readings of the Word with my daughter, we came across an interesting verse in the Messianic Writings. In Mark chapter 11, Yeshua is walking with his disciples from a town called Bethany when they see a fig tree in the distance in leaf. The second half of verse 13 states:

13 When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

—Mark 11:13

Yeshua thereafter curses the fig tree. Immediately, my daughter asked, “Why did Yeshua curse the fig tree when it states ‘it was not the season for figs?’ ” Now this was a very good question, but this incident is parabolic and prophetic in its illustration. I told my daughter, when you look at the Messiah’s life, know that everything he did was to prepare people for the coming Kingdom: telling them to repent, healing them and showing forth the goodness of Yah by his words and actions; and teaching them how to get their hearts and minds ready.

In other words, he was planting seeds, or “seeding” the Kingdom. Everyone reading his words would know how to prepare for the Kingdom as well, being seeded themselves. But many people, after reading all these things and being intrigued by them, fail to produce fruit right away. Meaning, righteousness does not result. Instead, they delay the time to fully repent and serve Yah. They put off obedience for some future time, like when they see the world ending, which they suppose will cause them to come into the season of righteousness and finally bear fruit. Showing interest in Yah’s Word, which is the fig tree coming into leaf, is not enough. One must bear the fruits of righteousness outside of whatever “season” they’re expected to, for Yeshua will come seeking fruit when they are not in season.

44 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

—Matthew 24:44

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