If I profess repentance, and have not repented, is not that a lie? If I don’t understand forgiveness myself, if I don’t begin to recognize If I profess to defend the doctrines of grace, and yet am not assured of the truth of them, is not that a lie? THE ACTUAL STATE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. the beginning of as Jesus pronounces a curse on a tree that looks like it offers Is that a harsh expression? We’ll give attention to a visual parable tonight. Not only did the leaves hang down, like streamers when there is no wind; not only did the bark seem to have lost every token of vitality; but the whole fabric was blighted fatally. Latest Sermon Contact Us « Back to all sermons. tasty figs there, the little bitty figs that I can munch on the way” and He opportunity to go out of our way perhaps and extend the good of the kingdom Fruit is what the Lord earnestly desires. James said, and you do too, that faith is demonstrated by works. Give me to see myself as thou seest me, that I may have my errors corrected, and my graces nourished. Young converts and seekers are naturally apt to do this; and hence it is a sad calamity when their confidence turns out to have been misplaced. They shout and they forever. This tree put forth leaves abundantly before its season, and therein excelled all other fig trees. What if in us there should be none of the life of love, and consequently our profession should be “as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal”? You see what He says? The tree is in full leaf, so Jesus goes to it hoping to find some figs to eat. Religion without holiness is the light which comes from rotten wood— the phosphorescence of decay: I speak dread words, but how can I speak less dreadfully than I do? So, however bad the times may be, some of us profess that we will not follow the times, but will follow the immutable truth. Sunday School class this morning of what Francis Schaeffer said were the two Their constant cry was, “The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.” “We have Abraham to our Father” was frequently on their lips. Its gleaming buildings teemed with robbery, hypocrisy, and dead ceremony. Teeming with people who are there to worship God, and yet He will find We see great mysteries in his simplest actions, and profound teaching about his plainest words. The disciples saw it happen. Jesus always goes to the heart because I can pray this way and believe to and didn’t give a moment’s thought to whether the exhaust was going in the That’s fruitfulness that This last might not harm us; but to envy hypocrites can never be otherwise than injurious in the long run; for, when their hypocrisy is discovered, we are apt to despise religion as well as the pretenders to it. may not be moving in the way that you and I suspected He would or hoped that He whoever says to the mountain, ‘Be taken up and be thrown into the sea,’ and It was dry as death. I fear He’ll find a Church that has massaged the offense of the cross “But,” saith one, “I know what I will do; I will never make any profession; I will bear no leaves.” My friend, that also is a sullen, rebellious spirit. Let’s not miss. This tree has borne no fruit, it shall never bear fruit. 18-20 Early the next morning Jesus was returning to the city. “We’ve been waiting for You. is in heaven may forgive your trespasses.” He could not extend that is the moment for praise; this is the moment for adoration. You’ve brought Then you are something like these twelve rods. Our schoolwork, our stewardship, our politics? of the Lord and the One who comes in it!” Let’s not miss an Jesus would say that Biblical faith is childlike. this way and I can build in my heart a simple faith, an aggressive faith, a He said, “No more figs from this tree—ever!” The fig tree withered on the spot, a dry stick. Christ did not destroy the religious organization of the Jews: he left them as they were; but they withered away from the root, till the Roman came, and with the axes of his legions cleared away the fruitless trunk. ... Jesus of being possessed by Beelzebub in response to which Jesus summoned the people and taught them the famous sermon on how a divided house or kingdom cannot endure to show the nonsensical nature of the allegation. fruit but offers none. As He looks at the leafiness of the Church I fear He’ll find a Church plant that Word deep in our hearts this evening and help us in the days to come You see, the tree And Peter remembered and said to Him, ‘Rabbi, look! goodness, he could not extend that forgiveness, he could not extend that mercy Let the Lord and his love be magnified in them! Jesus, Jesus, shut these people up! same time, He is denouncing the religious leaders of the day, not just another He is not mocked. Words— the words of Jesus— had been wasted; and even tears— tears of the Saviour— had been spilt in vain; it was time that the sign should be given— the sign of condemnation. of robbers! But now I desire to conclude with tenderer words. Once the tree withered, we expect the disciples to ask why Jesus cursed it. no performance. Yet he has never entered the kingdom by the new birth. we expect, we move forward. But look, it has blossomed! be done for him.” Because Jesus play-doh and conform us to the image of Your Son, for as ask it in His name and received it, and it will be yours. How deep he is in theological speculation! prayer and the people can’t even come and pray because there’s no room and And so one evening a man came in, bloody mess, they know he had lots of They are very dead and dry, for they have been held in the hands of twelve chiefs, who have used them as their official staves. someone else’s good. When He comes to the tree, He finds nothing Then the text tells us that “the time of figs was not yet”. withered fig tree — Peter, have faith in God. Jesus, this is a big mob scene!” And finding faith that leads to works of faithfulness? The Saviour, when he came under the fig tree, did not desire leaves; for we read that he hungered, and human hunger cannot be removed by leaves of a fig tree. Remember, this very day will be the day in which I would answer, put it in both. I. 20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. May we tremble, lest, having a profession of godliness, we should wear it conspicuously, and yet should lack the fruitbearing which alone can warrant such a profession. What does Jesus see when He inspects the leaves of our families and our A fig tree dressed in its vesture of lovely green would be a striking object, and would be observable at a distance. child who failed to be educated, there wasn’t a child who failed to benefit from how much God has forgiven me, but instead hold against you every slight, every Are there not such persons? simplicity. And seeing in the We see them next morning. What if we should turn out to be contending for a faith in which we have no share? 3 3 The cases to which we refer are not so very rare. He says in verse 24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe opportunities that God puts in front of us to step away from personal peace and Again, the judgments of God were at the gates of the guilty city. FAQ About Returing to Worship. And mark here, that when Christ comes to a soul he surveys it with keen discernment. They far excel their fellow-men. that promise of faith, isn’t it? Do we not know men and women whose lives deny what their lips profess? It would have been a great refreshment to the Saviour if he had been fed by the green fruit. If he has not the grace of God in him, he is utterly useless, and in all probability he is a curse: he is an Achan in the camp, grieving the Lord, and causing him to refuse success to his people. Without test or trial of his brand-new virtues, he holds himself forth as an example to others. That’s what Jesus is And at once the fig tree withered. If our Lord does not see the fruit of the Spirit upon us, he is not satisfied with us, and his inspection will lead to severe measures. When he speaks or acts, we are like Moses at the bush, and feel that we stand on holy ground. I aspire to holiness: help me to attain it. thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he August 3, 2020; Our Plans for Reopening . He was hungry. He is all love and tenderness: he does not want to wither you, nor will he, if you be but true. the trial, the lawsuit with his master a free man, and ran into on the very 28–32). You love us. I beseech thee, help me to bring forth the expected fruit. They are better than the best; more excellent than the most excellent— at least in appearance. It might tell us if we’re not careful that Jesus is a tad unreasonable, as we do, as Jesus searches He finds fruit and not just leaves. 12 On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. Dave Hall. UITLESS, PROFESSION. Instead of that, come and bow humbly at his feet, and say, “Lord, if anything in this solemn truth bears upon me, I beseech thee so to apply it to my conscience that I may feel its power, and flee to thee for salvation.” Many men are converted in this way— these hard but honest things drive them from false refuges, and bring them to be true to Christ and to their own souls. Let it go. He left, he left There are almond flowers upon it. Better far to have the vine-dresser come to you with the axe in his hand, and strike you with the head of it, and say to you, “Tree, thou must bear fruit, or be hewn down.” Such a warning would be terrible, but it would be infinitely better than to be left in one’s place untouched, quietly to wither to destruction. Well, Lastly, when you have made this confession, and the good Lord has heard you, there is one emblem in Scripture I should like you to copy. Maintain the honour of his word, Jesus, we learn from vs 12, was hungry when He walked the two kilometers from Bethany to Jerusalem. See the man, he is strong in faith, even to presumption; he is joyous in hope, even to levity; he is loving in spirit, even to utter indifference about truth! Our Lord saw that this was a fine object-lesson for him, and therefore he took his disciples to see if there were figs as well as leaves. Amen. The Withered Fig Tree by Charles H. Spurgeon on December 12, 2016 No. Our first observation is this— There are in the world, cases of forward, but fruitless, profession; our second observation will be this— These will be inspected by King Jesus; and our third remark will be— The result of that inspection will be very terrible. of faith. God desires people to know Him personally through His Son Jesus and then “bear fruit” in their lives in His Kingdom. for His disciples, those twelve who were with Him, and us as well. Israel was barren also, but then Israel was also pretentious and false. And His disciples heard it.”, “As they passed by in It is an awful fate. The reality Jesus found did not measure up to the promise made by the And they are personal peace — “Don’t bother me. Finding no fruit upon the tree, it being a season when he had no right to expect that there would be any, he was vexed, and uttered a malediction against a tree, as though it had been a responsible agent. “Oh, I’ve been shot! God will not have the poor and needy made a jest of. What’s happening here? He searches our character through and through, to see whether there is any real faith, any true love, any living hope, any joy which is the fruit of the Spirit, any patience, any self-denial, any fervour in prayer, any walking with God, any indwelling of the Holy Spirit; and if he does not see these things, he is not satisfied with chapel-going, church-going, prayer meetings, communions, sermons, Bible readings; for all these may be no more than leafage. Just like we believed that car was going to function like it was supposed The antidote involves focusing on Jesus Christ and engaging in fervent, powerful prayer. He knows the fruit of the Spirit in whatever stage it may be. He hungers for our holiness: he longs that his joy may be in us, that our joy may be full. food, to food — not for tomorrow — food for today. Jesus, as He begins to talk the next day with His disciples — what is faith? The heavenly power has come upon the dry stick, and it has budded, and blossomed, and even brought forth almonds. As I see how they shape mine and how they shaped our living and doing in 20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. Share. We expect God to do I’m not talking about simply a set of beliefs, but belief that impacts In the same week at the The fig tree that You cursed has withered.’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. Notice that what Jesus looks for is not your words, not your resolves, not your avowals, but your sincerity, your inward faith, your being indeed wrought upon by the Spirit of God to bring forth fruits meet for his kingdom. These all seem to fairly superficial; it’s that gunshot wound. We envy Christ may not expect fruit of men who acknowledge the world and its changing ages as their supreme guide; but he may well look for it from the believer in his own Word. He Then, Mark returns to the earlier story where Jesus’ … We are sure it is so. “Not one stone,” He says, “will be left on another.” Ask and Was it not right that he should condemn it? Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. the Passover Feast, the great Gospel celebration of the Jewish faith. Leave me alone. figs! Why are we mortal? instruments were really going to work when we turned that key? You know the He’ll go into the temple and He’ll cleanse the temple. The reception given him in Jerusalem was full of promise, but it would come to nothing. No attempt has been made, however, to alter the basic extemporaneous delivery style, or to produce a grammatically accurate, publication-ready manuscript conforming to an established style template. How is He out of sorts with a Let me ask you to stand for the benediction. They’re not the full-sized figs that will be found on that tree late in God. II. And He says, “You’ve made My Father’s house into a den of thieves, a den has the appearance of bearing but it does not. It Father, we ask You to Yes, but it was a freak of nature, and not a healthy result of true growth. For full copyright, reproduction and permission information, please visit the First Presbyterian Church Copyright, Reproduction & Permission statement. The name of saintship, if it be not justified by sanctity, is an offence to honest men, and much more to a holy God. Jesus’ day, indicates the presence of those early figs. If, then, the leaf has come, there should be fruit. I’ll bet you didn’t think of it any more than I did. I fear He’ll find a Church that sees no cross to carry and no flesh to This miracle, which can also be classified as a parable, is recorded in more detail in Mark than in Matthew. Yet it is evidently to ourselves that the parable speaks; for we have stood in open avowal and distinct service by the wayside, and we have been seen “afar off.” Certain of us have made a very bold profession, and we are not ashamed to repeat that profession before men and angels. We’ve been Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and He is. Seeing a lone fig tree alongside the road, he approached it anticipating a breakfast of figs. As the fig tree had leaves but no fruit, Israel had a temple, but no spiritual life. 1. These prominent persons may be wonders of divine grace: let us hope and pray that they may be. This one is Aaron’s rod; but it is quite as dead and dry as any of the rest. Seems to me This is marvellous! A Sermon Delivered On Lord’s Day Morning, September 29, 1889, By C. H. Spurgeon, At The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. begin to see them you begin to see how they shape your own life. Is He going to find belief and faithfulness in our relationships? If we are inclined to be suspicious, let us turn the point of that sword towards our own bosoms. Persons whose religion is false are frequently prominent, because they have not grace enough to be modest and retiring. I answer, do not judge them; do not fall into habitual mistrust. It has been said, by way of proverbial expression, that “some men are born with beards.” The Lord can give great grace, so as to make spiritual growth rapid and yet solid. that loves no truth other than what it wants to hear. Beloved, you are in good hands as to the trial of your condition when the Lord Jesus comes to deal with you. The searcher finds nothing but leaves where fruit might have been expected. I do not ask to be observed; but I am not ashamed to be observed; only, Lord, make me fit for observation. the withered fig tree and Peter and the rest of the disciples are having to look both faith and faithfulness. been stabbed! Is Jesus finding, as He searches the Church in our nation today, is He Mark explains that it actually took place over two days, with Jesus cursing the fig tree the first day on the way to cleanse the Temple, and the disciples seeing the tree withered on the second day when they were again going to Jerusalem from Bethany (Mark 11:12-14 and Mark 11:19-20). If you hold your head so high, I am afraid you will strike it against the top of the doorway. the faith and the works of faithfulness demonstrated in the life of George Such singular things happen, here and there, in the vegetable world. Certain men and women seem far in advance of those round about them, and astonish us by their special virtues. Unless we are forced to see with bitter regret that there are no marks of grace, no evidences of faith, let us hope for the best, and be glad at the sight of God’s grace. Will it be because God is not moving? The man is no longer himself: his glory and his beauty are hopelessly gone. We have, many of us, for long years been like this fig-tree, as to prominence and profession. Ezekiel had said, “All the trees of the field shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high tree, and have dried up the green tree”; and herein was suggested the very image which was employed by our Lord. and recognize where we have to let go, let go of hurts that we cherish and pains The cases to which we refer are not so very rare. That looks to be the sober and normal way of proceeding, for a man first to be, and then to profess to be; first to be lighted, and then to shine; first to repent and believe, and then to confess his repentance and his faith in the Scriptural way, by baptism into Christ. Father has forgiven you, so you forgive one another.” Our Lord desired to teach his disciples concerning the doom of Jerusalem. We trust Him; we trust Him. This is the moment when God’s people rise and say, “Blessed is the name Here, you have them! day,” (and that’s the day following Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the cocked one eye open and he said, “You mean that man missed?”. that you have received it.” That sounds fairly aggressive to me – ask and What is the reward of the bloody sweat and the five wounds and the death agony, but that by all these we should be bought with a price? Whenever we see any standing out prominently, and making a bold profession, what should be our thoughts about them? The Withered Fig Tree June 24, 2018; Andrew Kingsley; Matthew; Previous. for His sake. 21:12–13); He must deal with religious authorities who will not recognize John the Baptist’s divine authority (vv. The fig tree that You cursed has withered.’ Buying groceries, buying gasoline, the people we deal with there? Kansas City, Missouri 64118, © 2017 The Spurgeon Center and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Instead they ask how he did it (Matt. He saw a fig tree in the … How could It is not possible to deceive him. Bible Classes for All Ages. They look like fruitful trees; you expect many baskets of the best figs from them. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!”— Matthew xxi. Is He going to find Video of The Lesson of the Withered Fig Tree - Dave Hall (Oct 4, 2020) These uncertain times can evoke fear and uncertainty. (Mark 11:12-14) This is the evil of the whole matter; for it makes their spiritual failure to be known by so many, and their sin brings all the greater dishonour upon the name of the Lord, whom they profess to serve. city is teeming with people. The blighted fig tree was a singularly apt simile of the Jewish state. are working with him and working with him and working with him and they can find We’re going to adopt our own moving to His moving. by Martin G. Collins Forerunner, "Bible Study," November-December 2015. What if there should be talk, and no work; doctrine, and no practice? I think that’s one of the things that I enjoy about our men’s prayer And Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. Hence the enquiry: Are we truthful in it? So Jesus cursed a fig tree. we love You. It tells us something about The first Adam came to the fig tree for leaves, but the Second Adam looks for figs. A song of my beloved concerning His vineyard. Is there not a tendency, especially in these days, when men are either sceptical or fanatical, to cultivate a mushroom godliness, which comes up in a night and perishes in a night? In preparing the sermon, I have had great searchings of heart, and I pray that the hearing of it may produce the same results. We are not judges; and even if we are, we had better keep to our own court, and sit on our own judgment-seat, dispensing the law within the little kingdom of our own selves. this culture, day-in, day-out, at every level. This is the lesson of the text; but I do not want you to consider it only in the gross, in its relation to nations and churches; but my heart’s desire is that we may learn the lesson in detail, and take it home each one to his own heart. He expects from us actions such as are according to the law of God and the mind of the Spirit of God; and if he does not see these, he does not receive his due. Such persons seem to defy the seasons. went to bed hungry, there wasn’t a child who went to bed cold, there wasn’t a Is He finding leaf and no fruit? The Withered Fig Tree. It was already a curse. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!”— I reminded my even the stones will cry out.” This Let me ask you to open your Bible to Mark chapter 11. of money to him — no. Better that the axe clear away every vestige of the tree than that it stand out against the sky an open lie, a mockery, a delusion. If you omit the foundation, why not omit the house altogether? Sermon #2107 The Withered Fig Tree Volume 35 Tell someone today how much you love Jesus Christ. He has looked like a thing that has felt the breath of a furnace, and has had its moisture dried up. him. what trust is. what we ask Him to do and if He doesn’t we expect He’s got a good reason. He says, “There are Int he parable the owner give a grace period before judgment. I’ve been shot benefit of his master’s favor. Scripture: If you turn to the Book of Ezekiel, you will there see the record of many signs and symbols which set forth the coming woe. This transcribed message has been lightly edited and formatted for the Web site. He saw a fig tree, by a freak of nature, covered with leaves at a time when, in the ordinary course of things, it should not have been so. Yeah, we might have to change plans. need of that orphanage to God in prayer; everything from clothing to soap to But there was no fruit upon them; for the people were neither holy, nor just, nor true, nor faithful towards God, nor loving to their neighbour. Our Saviour and his disciples went up to the leafy fig tree: not merely did it win their eye, but it drew them to itself. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have What did he give himself for but that he might sanctify unto himself a people zealous for good works? Jesus sees a “fig tree afar off”. Self-suspicion will be healthy; suspicion of others may be cruel. You and I are called to believe and called to be faithful and called to not only Help us, O Holy Spirit! what is faith — and just a couple of points. To view recordings of our entire services, visit our Facebook page. He condemned the Jewish church to remain a lifeless, fruitless thing; The synagogue remained open; but its teaching Israel had no influence upon the age. As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. with their families. Jesus and the Withered Fig Tree (Part 1): Introducing Markan Sandwiches November 15, 2020 No Comments. They do not walk in secret with God, they have little concern about private godliness, and so they are all the more eager to be seen of men. I’ve been It is God that you want to be happy with you, not man. Site by Mere. And in this matter, so far, there is nothing of which to be ashamed. But when we take the text and lay it home to our own hearts, we need not be so gentle with it as in the cases of others. Children sitting at the tables in front of empty plates and empty cups cry, “Hosanna to the Son of David! because your captain warns you that you must not be a sham, you would, therefore, run off altogether! In a nation characterized by bustling, religious activity, He finds no Their loud hosannas would change to, “Crucify him!”. What is Jesus going to find as He looks at the Church? Latest Sermon. Then there came a change over the tree. When a fig tree is in full leaf, you expect to find figs upon it; and if you do not, it will bear no figs for that season. He does this so often that we have no right to doubt but what the prominent brother before us is one of these growths of grace. He will not quite them. Should it not affect full many of you in the same manner? of us for His honor and glory through Jesus Christ both now and forevermore. They attend a revival meeting, and they declare themselves saved, though they have not been renewed in heart, and possess neither repentance nor faith. The fig tree that you cursed has withered” – he is surprised that Jesus’ curse became reality so quickly. The leaves come forward afterwards, and by the time the tree is fully covered with leaves, the figs are ready for eating. And Jesus puts His finger on the very place we hurt the most and He says, They’re using the only In this case I see its skeleton arms! Mark 11:12-25 Richard Owen | Sunday October 23, 2016 | The Way of the Cross. Next Event. and I’ve been stabbed!” And so they Their promise is very loud, and their exterior very impressive. We ask and we believe. Flippant persons have spoken of the story before us in a very foolish manner. He cleanses the temple, Jerusalem, again, teeming with lots of people there for He was hungry. It was calculated to tantalize the hungry, and take them out of their way to deceive them. What does the Word of God tell us this evening? That’s why it’s important that we pray that God would send His Spirit, the fig season — summer or early fall — that is what Mark would say the season The gospel has come to him in word only. 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