Object Lesson

Re:Verse passage – Mark 11:11-19 (day five)  He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening.
What was Jesus so angry about?  What was it about that tree which caused Him to curse it?  Jesus the Master Teacher was at it again.  He was using the tree as an object lesson. What was the lesson?  The danger and disgust of hypocrisy. There was a season for fig trees to bear fruit. However, scholars allow for some species of trees to bear fruit outside the normal season. So, the test for finding fruit was not the season, but rather the foliage of the tree. It “appeared” to be producing fruit when in actuality, it wasn’t. Jesus again uses an object lesson to communicate a spiritual lesson on hypocrisy. The same lesson He has taught over and over. See Luke 12:1, Matthew 23:27.  Jesus looks past the appearance and into the the heart of man. Leaves are not enough.

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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