Jesus clears the Temple and the tree with no figs...!
We first turn to Psalm 1 and read it,
["...1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the wicked, Nor standeth in the way of sinners, Nor sitteth in the seat of scoffers:
2 But his delight is in the law of Jehovah; And on his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the streams of water, That bringeth forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also doth not wither; And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
4 The wicked are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For Jehovah knoweth the way of the righteous; But the way of the wicked shall perish...]
This Psalm outlined the result of walking the right road. Our lives will bear fruit even in the most dire conditions. The truth is so good that it always in season. Now the fig tree Jesus went to was leafy but did not have single fig. The wroth the Messiah. And it should be message for us. That somewhere we need to give witness to him with a kind gesture, a kind word, a kind fore-bearance, a kind forgiveness, a kind something for God. Now we turn to Mark 11:12-19,
["... 12 And on the morrow, when they were come out from Bethany, he hungered.
13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season of figs.
14 And he answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit from thee henceforward for ever. And his disciples heard it.
15 And they come to Jerusalem: and he entered into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and them that bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money-changers, and the seats of them that sold the doves;
16 and he would not suffer that any man should carry a vessel through the temple.
17 And he taught, and said unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations? but ye have made it a den of robbers.
18 And the chief priests and the scribes heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, for all the multitude was astonished at his teaching.
19 And every evening he went forth out of the city...]
Now we know what happened to the fig tree with no fruit, it was accursed from the roots and it withered. We will wither if we don't bear any fruit for God. And what about cleansing the Temple or robber and thieves? We learn in the Parable of the sower that the seeds that fell among the thorns were those whose moisture was hardened and robbed away with the cares and worries of this life. Worries and cares are invitable. But how we manage them is the real issue! We can't let the anxieties of life drain away our devotion to the Lord...
And how is this significant? The Lord said as he overthrew the table of the money-changers, that the Temple was like a market place. And indeed how the Lord would of wished it was a market-place full for fruit to pick! But the Temple had become so idle in prayer and real praise to God that the only ones who were doing something useful with the Temple were foreiners. He, the Lord, wanted His People to be turning his Temple in a real market place where all people could fill themselves with the fruit, the benefit from coming to the knowledge of the truth as his said, the Temple would be a place of prayer for all nations...
We wanted to further this study to those we must of lost somewhere in the blog. We turn to the Parable of the Vineworkers,
["...33Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
34And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
35And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
36Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
37But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
38But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
39And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
40When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
41They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons...]
Now we know why the Lord was so wroth when he found no fruit in the apparently leafy fig tree. Now the Lord has entrusted us with his gifts and he expects to collect on his investment.Parable of the ten Mina. He may come at anytime to collect on the fruit vine-yard he has planted on our life...
And the fact of the matter is that those even me, who may not want to produce fruit for God, really are not looking forward to his appeance in the latter days as these individual did not want a visit from God or any of his emmissaries, even his own son...
This not just a matter of history, those who don't want to serve God are really in heart against everything the truth represents and just are plain against God in reality, even in subtle ways, with a quiet apathy for the things of God...
We wanted to continue this. The Lord is putting money into this for some purpose. We turn to Luke 19:11-27,
["...11And while they are hearing these things, having added he spake a simile, because of his being nigh to Jerusalem, and of their thinking that the reign of God is about presently to be made manifest.
12He said therefore, `A certain man of birth went on to a far country, to take to himself a kingdom, and to return,
13and having called ten servants of his own, he gave to them ten pounds, and said unto them, Do business -- till I come;
14and his citizens were hating him, and did send an embassy after him, saying, We do not wish this one to reign over us.
15`And it came to pass, on his coming back, having taken the kingdom, that he commanded these servants to be called to him, to whom he gave the money, that he might know what any one had done in business.
16`And the first came near, saying, Sir, thy pound did gain ten pounds;
17and he said to him, Well done, good servant, because in a very little thou didst become faithful, be having authority over ten cities.
18`And the second came, saying, Sir, thy pound made five pounds;
19and he said also to this one, And thou, become thou over five cities.
20`And another came, saying, Sir, lo, thy pound, that I had lying away in a napkin;
21for I was afraid of thee, because thou art an austere man; thou takest up what thou didst not lay down, and reapest what thou didst not sow.
22`And he saith to him, Out of thy mouth I will judge thee, evil servant: thou knewest that I am an austere man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow!
23and wherefore didst thou not give my money to the bank, and I, having come, with interest might have received it?
24`And to those standing by he said, Take from him the pound, and give to him having the ten pounds --
25(and they said to him, Sir, he hath ten pounds) --
26for I say to you, that to every one having shall be given, and from him not having, also what he hath shall be taken from him,
27but those my enemies, who did not wish me to reign over them, bring hither and slay before me.'...]
We do realize we've done over kill on this matter, but the Lord does makes us responsible for the grace he has bestowed on us, me and you. And the matter is in overtime, will we be like the one who had one mina and hid it in a handkerchief to keep it from being spotted?...
We took matters out so we know this is from God's word. Will he find figs on your tree when he comes? Perhaps I may say he couldn't possible be talking to me. I, I, I am faithful servant. I prophesy in his name, I cast out many devils in his name, I have a wonderful ministry going in his name!...Why he wouldn't tell me depart from me you who do unlawful deeds!?...
Yes. Many will say Lord, Lord open the door for us! And he will say depart from you! I never knew you! And remember his last words, "...but those enemies, who did not wish me to reign over them, bring hither and slay before me...!"
May you have a pleasant day and night and morning...