Matthew Lesson 22 Day 2

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Matthew Lesson 22 Day 2

Matthew 21:18-22

3. “May you never bear fruit again!”

Jesus became hungry and spotted a fig tree.

When he went over to look at it, he saw that the fig tree had no fruit. He said, “May you never bear fruit again!”

The fig tree withered immediately.

4. Mark 11:12-14; Luke 13:6-9

a. The fig tree should have had fruit because it already had leaves.

So, its outward appearance was deceptive; basically false advertising.

However, Mark tells us it wasn’t yet fig season.

b. Likewise, the religious hypocrites looked and acted righteously, but their hearts were intent on gaining wealth and power.

In this acted-out-parable, Jesus warned of coming judgment upon an unfruitful Israel. It showed God’s disapproval of people who are all leaves and no fruit. “The story is clear and simple, and its point obvious, that what counts is not promise but performance.” (France)

“The first Adam came to the fig tree for leaves, but the Second Adam looks for figs.” (Spurgeon)1

5. a. “How did the fig tree wither at once?”

Jesus assured His disciples they could even command a mountain to throw itself into the ocean, and it would happen IF they had faith without doubt. He said this principle also applies to prayer—if they believe, they will receive whatever they ask.

His followers have the same authority.

b.  Jesus took this opportunity to remind them why forgiving others is so important: “For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. 15 But if you don’t forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.” Matthew 6:14-15 (HCSB)

Jesus didn’t explain that this “parable” also refers to the unfruitful ministry of the Pharisees.

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