The Fig Tree Hypocrisy

“The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry.  He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs.  But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit.  Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!”—Mark 11:12-14

Jesus did something that wasn’t eco-friendly.  He didn’t just speak to a plant … he cursed a tree.  Was he impatient?  Was he unreasonable?  Was he uncaring?

Christ came in search of what God had been searching after all this time:  A sign that his people Israel was a fruitful tree and not barren and dry.  Yet, instead of finding the early small edible buds, which would have shown that Israel was spiritually alive and capable of bearing the fruit which satisfies God, Christ found the nation spiritually dead and barren.

Then Jesus entered Jerusalem to cleanse the temple and expose the religious leaders for their hypocrisy.  Like the barren fig tree, they pretended to be fruitful but were not.

A curse awaited that fig tree in full leaf because it did not produce the promise of God.  The fig tree had a purpose.  It had a calling to please God.  It had a mission to fulfill according to his plan.  But it was all for show and fell short of being productive.  And when it withered it withered from its root up.

Many Christians are like this fruitless fig tree. They have a root problem.  They have never been planted deep enough in God’s Word or in his service to get rooted properly.  Their shallow roots lead to less nutrition.  And a curse awaits those who have no fruit.