Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Matthew 21:17-20
What is the symbolism of the fig tree? Well I think to properly understand this we need to look back at Jesus teachings in Matthew 7. Jesus said “Any tree that doesn’t bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown in the fire” (Matthew 7:19) Notice Jesus came to this fig tree looking for some fruit and found none, what was his response? He cursed the fig tree
Jesus also demonstrated his Deity and power over all things. We all know that when we plant a tree it takes a long time for it to grow or die. However instantly with the words spoken by Jesus the tree withered and died. This should be a sharp warning for all of us, as Jesus said those who don’t bear good fruit will be cut down
Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. Matthew 21:21
Just as we might feel Jesus crushed us with his revelation of the Fig Tree He empowers us with the revelation of our faith. Jesus said if we have true faith we can whither that fig tree also or we can move mountains!
Its amazing to think and realize, the same power that rose Jesus from the dead is living inside of us! (Romans 8:11) What we learn from this teaching of Jesus:
- Be fruitful with good fruit! (Matthew 7)
- True faith you can move mountains