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Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?

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Asked by 35yoamom at 11:35 AM on Apr. 8, 2011 in Religious Debate

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  • Its TO LONG to type out here. See this link for the reason and meaning.


    Answer by vbruno at 11:40 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • Maybe he ate too many and got the runs?

    Answer by Kimimale at 11:41 AM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • From the link above:

    "Third, it must be emphasized that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He himself possesses the nature of deity (Jn. 1:1; 10:30; 20:28). As deity, therefore, the earth and its fullness are his (Psa. 24:1). He has the sovereign right to use the elements of creation to accomplish those higher goals which man, limited in his knowledge, may not perceive at a given moment in time. And that includes the destruction of a tree, or even a herd of swine (cf. Mk. 5:13). No man has the right to say of him, “What doest thou?” (Dan. 4:35; cf. Rom. 11:33-36)"

    In other words, humans are too puny and stupid to understand. "God" can do whatever the hell he wants and we shouldn't even think to question it.  Lovely.  Certainly makes me want to become a Christian.


    Answer by Eek_a_Geek at 12:22 PM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • i just FIGured they were an acquired taste..and he didn't like them. never really gave it much thought, truthfully.

    Answer by dullscissors at 12:31 PM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • I don't know. Wouldn't it have been more miraculous to make it bear fruit out of season than to destroy the life of the entire tree?? Hell ain't nobody going to be eating from that treeagain.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 1:42 PM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • I have no clue. I have yet to understand half of it. I have too much on my plate to worry

    Answer by jujubean1979200 at 1:43 PM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • Some light is shed on this passage by an article in Hard Sayings of the Bible by F. F. Bruce:

    Was it not unreasonable to curse the tree for being fruitless when, as Mark expressly says, "it was not the season for figs"? The problem is most satisfactorily cleared up in a discussion called "The Barren Fig Tree" published many years ago by W. M. Christie, a Church of Scotland minister in Palestine under the British mandatory regime. He pointed out first the time of year at which the incident is said to have occurred (if, as is probable, Jesus was crucified on April 6th, A.D. 30, the incident occurred during the first days of April). "Now," wrote Christie, "the facts connected with the fig tree are these. Toward the end of March the leaves begin to appear, and in about a week the foliage coating is complete. (cont)

    Answer by Renee3K at 1:49 PM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • Coincident with [this], and sometimes even before, there appears quite a crop of small knobs, not the real figs, but a kind of early forerunner. They grown to the size of green almonds, in which condition they are eaten by peasants and others when hungry. When they come to their own indefinite maturity they drop off." These precursors of the true fig are called taqsh in Palestinian Arabic. Their appearance is a harbinger of the fully formed appearance of the true fig some six weeks later. So, as Mark says, the time for figs had not yet come. But if the leaves appear without any taqsh, that is a sign that there will be no figs. Since Jesus found "nothing but leaves" - leaves without any taqsh- he knew that "it was an absolutely hopeless, fruitless fig tree" and said as much.

    Answer by Renee3K at 1:51 PM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • F. F. Bruce goes on to describe the cursing of the fig tree as a real-life parable that emphasized the spoken parable of the fig tree in Luke 13:6-9. It is also likely that Jesus, knowing in advance that his disciples would be surprised by the quick effect his curse had, used the fig tree to provoke their reaction and thus make the lesson about faith more memorable.

    Answer by Renee3K at 1:51 PM on Apr. 8, 2011

  • All in all, the responses of the christians and/or biblical scholars are ONLY speculation. They are GUESSING what they think the point was of killing the tree vs. miraculously causing fruit to appear on it. They don't KNOW for certain. The verses before, during, and after the cursing of the fig tree don't say WHY Jesus didn't just cause the figs to come forth. As the son of god, he obviously HAD that power. Certainly, he had multiplied the loaves and fishes with no problem. He had turned water into wine with no problem. He had walked on water with no problem and calmed the storm with nothing but a few words. He had reversed death to ressurect. But something about the fig tree WAS a problem. My own speculation is that it is nothing more than a magical fairy tale, filled with the pointless magic of so many other fairy tales. God stopped dead by his own creation. Now if he had just done the same thing with the devil!!

    Answer by witchqueen at 3:23 PM on Apr. 8, 2011

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