“On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.”
This has been a curiosity to me more than a few times. Why curse a tree if it wasn’t even time for fruit to appear? Today I spent some time researching. While commentators are not completely agreed with the full meaning here, this much is clear: the normal growth cycle of a fig tree will have fruit naturally occurring before the leaves. This tree was barren and completely out of sync.
I’m not sure how much to read into this, but I do know that God is no fan of pretense or hypocrisy. I’m afraid there are a lot of people who profess Christ, and appear full of leaves…without having had any development of fruit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, patience…all the rest is “works”) to precede them. There is an appearance of health and fruitfulness, but no fruit.
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Mt. 7:22,23
Let’s examine ourselves and see what’s growing.