Deacon Ted, 16.4.2017

Mark 11:13-14 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.

Jesus is cursing the fig tree – what can we learn from it?

  • Basically Jesus cursed the fig tree, because it symbolized the spiritual deadness of the churches of that time (the fig tree had leaves but did not have any fruits)
  • Important in this sermons context is, that Jesus “answered” the fig tree, although the fig tree did not “ask” anything
  • We do that very often that we answer in situations e.g. marriage to an actual situation without being asked.

Power is in the tongue

  • Before we speak out, that thoughts are normally for longer in our heart
  • The more we talk about our pain, the more pain we will have
  • When we speak/answer to situations we give life to the things we speak
  • If we e.g. get bad test results, an we answer “I knew, I would not pass”, we are giving life to that words

We should we do?

  • We should always have faith
  • We should not look at sin but at the promise of faith (e.g. the promise God makes regarding healing)
  • Do not confess things that are negative

Your Shepherdsplace Church The Hague Media Team