We often hear about Jesus overthrowing the tables of the money changers in the temple and at times we hear about the fig tree, but seldom are they mentioned together. To get a better understanding of the story you must read the whole passage. I believe that together it shows a side of Christ that many choose to ignore and no I’m not speaking of His judgment, although that certainly applies. I believe it shows us just how zealous He is for complete worship and holiness. How often have we talked about God’s grace? It’s a fairly common topic for any christian. So much so that it almost becomes a crutch that we use. God has so much mercy and grace that He’ll just overlook our neglect of listening to His Word, right? Only there comes a time that He won’t and we have no idea when that time will be.
Time and again the Bible likens believers to trees. We know this was a literal tree that Jesus cursed, this isn’t a parable. How ironic is it that it was a fruit tree though? It wasn’t a walnut tree, pecan tree, or eatable flowers, it was a fig tree. I’ve never seen the Bible say that believers should produce flowers, but I’ve repeatedly seen that we should bare fruit. Surely this wasn’t the only thing that Jesus saw on His days on earth that wasn’t producing as it should. Yet this is the only time He cursed it. What was the difference? I believe that this was His last days on earth and this was going to be written as an example to us. Just as in His last days on earth, I believe we are in our last days and with that comes a time that God will begin a purging. The Bible tells us that He will separate the wheat from the chaff. I believe the separation has begun, we are in the last days. Daily examination isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. I’ve said numerous times that I’m not perfect, but I’m striving towards it. There are things, even recently, that I’ve failed at and I’m working on correcting. Without daily examination I’d miss the mark even more. His desire is complete worship and holiness in me and that should be my desire as well!
If you’d like to read all the scriptures they can be found in Isaiah 56:1-8, Matthew 21:12-22, Mark 11:12-19, and Luke 19:45-48.