My Daily Journal:
On any fruit tree the leaves are what feed the plant and the fruit is what feeds others and prepares the next generation. But how many people do we know at church who are all leaves? I know during a period of my life my main focus in deciding what church to go to was what am I getting out of it.
Jesus did not have any frustration with the fig tree because it had leaves. A healthy plant needs to be fed. But His frustration was that it only had leaves. When we approach spiritual life with a complete focus on what is in it for me, we model the same hypocrisy.
may you never bear fruit again
Immediately the tree withered
They had nourishment to grow, but no fruit – They pretended to be what they were not
with faith, command and move mountains, don’t receive reward in the act – trust in God. Bear fruit!
Forgive others (cleanse yourself) so that God may forgive you
2 thoughts on “22 BSF Matthew Week 22, Day 2”
It also says in Mark that it was not the season for fruit. How does this figure into Jesus’ expectations for the tree?
The notes did a great job in covering that point. While there is a season for mature fruit, there should also be early fruits as well. If we refuse to develop early fruits it is much more difficult to produce mature fruits.