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Why the Fig Tree had to die...

March 5 // 1 Corinthians 8:20-21

Scripture
ďOn the next day, when they had left Bethany, He [Jesus] became hungry. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, fir it was not the season for figs. He said to it, ďMay no one ever eat fruit from you again!Ē And His disciples were listening.Ē Mark 11: 12-14

Observation
This is a foreshadowing, but confusing metaphor. At first I think why is God cursing a fig tree that wasnít even suppose to bear fruit at that time. It wasnít the treeís fault because it was not its season to bear fruit. Why would God automatically curse it, inevitably killing it? It still kinda doesnít make sense to me, but in a way I see it symbolizing Jerusalem and all the Jews at that time. Maybe, this story explains that God came down to earth and He was ready for His people, but because of future events it was not the right season for them to accept Him. I think that Jesus cursing the tree out of selfish hunger reasons seem out of character for him, so I donít think that is the reason Jesus cursed the tree. The Jews were not ready to accept Jesus, because if they did then there would be no apocalypse later on, which is very vital for the future of the world. There would be no Good vs. Evil, no Armageddon and no awesome epic movies involving the end of the world. Unfortunately, it was the treeís set path to be cursed. Call it what you want, destiny or fate, but I believe that the tree had to die in order for Jesus to portray His message. Were all vessels for Christ right? So maybe we just have to accept the fate God has chosen for us.
Application
At the first read, I didnít think that I could apply this to my life. I mean what does a poor, unfortunate cursed fig tree have anything to do with my life? Diving deeper, I think it is a message that we canít escape our fate. And I know that sounds brutal and unlike God. But I think that we are all set out to accomplish something on the planet. We all have a purpose, BIG or small. I mean even if our life task is to set up or break down church tents, or become a political leader speaking to thousands. There is a ripple effect when it comes to following Godís plan. The simplest, most humblest task can change the course of history. But itís following through and doing the task, even though it may seem futile. The fig tree was meant to die, it had no choice. It wasnít in season, because it wasnít meant to be. And although it looks like harsh reality, I think maybe, God had a bigger purpose for it dying. Just like the Jews, they were not meant to accept Jesus right away, or at least for many many years, but its because it was suppose to happen that way. God gives us choices, but I think within His plan, which is the best plan of all, He has a set in stone goal for us, and whatever He chooses to do with us is up to Him.
Prayer
Lord, I want to follow you. I want to complete the task I was meant to do. You donít make mistakes, you donít kill trees for no reason, and you especially donít do the things you do out of selfish reasons. Thatís just ridiculous. But Lord, by accepting you and trusting in you, I am willingly to do anything for you, even if that means dying for you. My purpose is in your plans.
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This journal entry was posted by Rachel. She is currently single with no children and has attended New Hope for the past 11 years.

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