Jesus had only a short time to prepare his men for the future—On ths day he used two events to emphasize One major point…God wants our lives to bear fruit. The religious leadership were most concerned about how they looked to others. Jesus spent his ministry trying to show the fruit of who God was and what serving him would produce. When he saw the fig tree in the distance, it looked like a full and rich tree, but, when they drew close it became apparent that the tree was all show and no fruit. Jesus cursed the tree at once. Later he went to the temple grounds where the religious leaders were allowing folks to purchase their sacrifices on the temple court. It looked Good, everyone had a sacrifice, but, it produced no fruit—no repentance and no real sacrifice. Jesus was infuriated. He laid waste to the market and the merchants. While the events were separate, they were very similar.
God does not care about the show. He does not need pretty packaging. All through the Bible, he emphasizes the critical nature of working from the heart out. When our heart is right, we produce fruit—both the fruit of the spirit and fruit of changed lives. We can never ignore either. If we spend our time focused on the image. Making sure, like the fig tree that we look full and rich—we will be fruitless and cursed. If however we focus on producing fruit we will be rich beyond measure. Help me Lord—to focus on the bearing of fruit and not the fullness of my leaves!
God Bless You
12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[c]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[d]”
18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples[e] went out of the city.