I WAS JUST CLEANING OUT MY BIBLE AND I FOUND THE MOST HILARIOUSLY PETULANT PARABLE
jesus is PISSED
it’s not FIG SEASON
he’s PREPARING TO DIE
so he curses a fucking tree.
Go home Jesus. You’re drunk.
maybe all this time the saying is god hates FIGS
I don’t blame anyone for reacting the way they have, because much of the bible out-of-context sounds like this. Let me put it into context.
The first mention of fig leaves is when Adam and Eve made loin coverings for themselves after they saw they were naked (genesis 3:7). They were originally clothed in God’s glory(psalm 8:5).
Fig leaves speak of self righteousness, “I am good enough to cover myself with my own works”. Jesus cursed a fig tree that produced no figs as a picture for us to learn from. Self righteousness does not produce fruit, and is cursed to die. Later when the disciples see the withered tree, Jesus teaches on faith and God hearing your prayer(mark 11:22-25). In other words, God doesn’t answer prayers until you curse self-righteousness in your life.
God’s response to Adam and Eve’s nakedness (after explaining the consequences of their action) was to kill an animal and clothe them in it’s skin(genesis 3:21), a picture of the only way to cover sin(death of an innocent) and what he was planning on doing via Jesus.(Certain fig trees produce a crop of fruit before the proper season. If they fail to do so, it will not produce any in the proper season either. It’s a barren tree.)