Mark 11:12–14 (ESV)
Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
12 On the following day,
when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 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. 14 And he said to it, “May
no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.
So what is going on here? Jesus is obviously hungry and the tree was producing no fruit. There is not much to go on, but unripe
figs should be appearing. The Lutheran Study Bible states: Early unripe figs should have been present (c Mar/Apr), even though the main harvest season had not yet arrived (Aug/Sep). The leaves should have served as a reliable indicator for these early
figs. If the early figs do not appear, neither will the later ones. The curse and destruction of the fig tree warns Jesus’ disciples of impending judgment against the temple and the unfruitful people. Works without faith are truly fruitless. True
faith, and the life that flows from it, cannot be separated. They are the good and gracious gifts of our heavenly Father.
I pray: O heavenly Father, only you know when the last day is coming. Use me
Lord to reach out to the lost. Change me to produce fruit. Protect me from the coming judgment. Amen.