This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet (Zechariah 9:9), saying, on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.’ ”. Open Heaven 7 January 2019 Prayer Points on Today – Lessons from the Fig Tree 2. Jesus’ kingdom mission called for His disciples to carry the gospel into all the nations. Three years were required from planting until fruit bearing. Thank you.” Specific, sincere, targeted gratitude for concrete gifts and help and rescue, in hopes that those three prayers will be the on-ramp to worship and adoration. He said, “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. We know we’re in the Passion Week of Christ. Last week, we saw that Jesus’s ministry has taken a particular and deliberate turn. Leaving Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, Jesus returns to Bethany on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives. The rest of the passage is oriented by Jesus and the temple (this will be a major theme for the next few chapters). who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness. The Fig Tree Lesson. Dr. Dana Kramer-Rolls is a parishioner at All Souls Parish, Episcopal, Berkeley, California and earned her master’s degree and PhD from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. He is not “in on his master’s secrets,” even if he is under his master’s orders. The size was fine. But you’ve forgotten what the temple is for. And to love our enemies, not hate them. It’s all a show. Deliver me from doubt and despair.” And when God gives the assistance, and when he gives the deliverance, “Thank you. The teachings, prayers, and prophetic declarations are short but deep enough to take you through God’s word like never before, help you hear God’s voice, and command supernatural manifestations in your life and family every day. Pray that you will eat the fruit of the tree of life which is assigned for this month. As long as you are clinging to the offense, you can’t open your hand to receive the mercy of God. Behold, I myself have seen it, declares the LORD. We live at the intersection of level 1 and level 2, sometimes suitors, sometimes servants. Jesus does mighty works and signs and miracles and exorcisms that create certain expectations and hopes, while at the same time veiling his true identity as Israel’s Messiah and (even more shockingly) the Son of God. If Jesus were using the Fig Tree as a symbol, then either Matthew or Mark could easily take liberties in focusing on the issue of the meaning of the story rather than recounting a chronological event. Loving one another. This building and all of this hustle and bustle is impressive. Father, make me your special child so that in everything I do, my case will be different positively, in the mighty name of Jesus. A step above the suitor is the servant. All people, and in Mark’s church this was already true. What is happening here? This an amazing structure. We have just read the entry into Jerusalem by a different kind of king, one on a donkey colt, in accordance with prophecy, lauded by his followers and the general crowd. 8 “Behold, you trust in deceptive words to no avail. The other two are “Help me” and “Thank you.” “Help me” is a prayer for assistance. In His cursing of the fig-tree our Lord demonstrated His power. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. And we do ask for impossible things. And so we have the poor fig tree, the innocent that died for showy leaves but no fruit out of season. And yet what Jesus came for was to bring us closer to God through his own personal love and sacrifice as Son of Man and the gift of the Spirit as Son of God who could guide us in prayer. But it’s all leaves. Either way, you won’t let it go, and big or small, it’s a massive weight that keeps your prayers grounded. 11-12 is about Jesus’s battle of wits and wisdom with the chief priests and scribes. And as we multiply and plant churches, we must send them out as houses of prayer for all peoples. We know he speaks of his signs as bringing glory to his Father. But we are also part of the Kingdom, and God’s plan takes precedence over our personal very human personal requests. TGFJ. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day (Gen 1:31). But even so, Jesus applies that lesson to prayer more broadly, and he does so in a way that makes us nervous. They’ve passed through Jericho, healing Bartimaeus, who is now following them, and they’ve arrived at the suburbs of Jerusalem (Bethany and Bethpage). 28 “Take a lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its branches grow tender and its leaves sprout, you know that summer is near.” 29 So also, when you see these things happening, you know that the Promised One is near, right at the door. Open Heaven 7 January 2019 Monday Prayer Point: Father, please cause me to be fruitful in Jesus’ Name. and there is no one upright among mankind; 3 Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe. Again, it is sad for the innocent merchants just plying what they must have considered a holy trade, providing appropriate coins to pay temple tax and unblemished animals for sacrifice. (Learn more about organic soil amendments.) But let us be clear; we are only referring to the speaking of faith. And so, when we gather, we need to remember what this gathering is for. OPEN HEAVEN 7 JANUARY 2019 PRAYER POINT; Please Click Here To Read – Prayer Points on Today’s Open Heavens: (Sunday, January 7, 2019) – Lessons From The Fig Tree II Father, please cause me to be fruitful in Jesus’ Name. Then he overturns the tables in the temple and teaches the people about what the temple is for (which provokes the priests and scribes to come after him). JESUS’ AUTHORITY IS CHALLENGED. 2) The disciples are rebuke him, or they’re confused, or they misunderstand the nature of the kingdom. The last lesson of this passage has to do with Jesus’s exhortation about forgiveness. Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ. You have broken forth against my enemies (2 Samuel 5:20). Fig trees may no longer bloom, or vineyards produce grapes; olive trees may be fruitless, and harvest time a failure; sheep pens may be empty, and cattle stalls vacant--Douay-Rheims Bible For the fig tree shall not blossom: and there shall be no spring in the vines. For some of you, the biggest hindrance to your prayers, to your engagement with God, is that you have something against someone and you won’t let it go. Here we see a … The first thing to say is that I wonder if there is still some symbolism happening. 57. So Israel’s expectation and hope is that, in the midst of their suffering and oppression, God will return to Zion, to Jerusalem, to the temple, and he will restore the glory of his house. Better to find someplace to eat and sleep with friends outside the city, and Jesus had friends in Bethany. This will not be your portion in Jesus’ Name. Today’s passage is thick with symbolism. Mark’s summary of his teaching includes two quotations from the Old Testament. Rev. Why call on God at all if we are empowered by our free will to take action, whatever that action may be? “And he entered Jerusalem, and went into the temple; and when he had looked round at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve. Of course, miracles do happen, but it isn’t a gimme. And so, here comes Jesus, the Son of David, returning to Jerusalem, to Zion, with shouts of acclimation. —Matthew 17:20. PRAYER POINT. And I’ve been profoundly helped by C. S. Lewis’s understanding of this passage. The showy temple, but no fruit, and now out of season, even days before the Passover, the celebration of the Jewish liberation, of the promises made to them by God through Moses. You must therefore learn from the fig tree and from Ananias and Sapphira that living a fake life can only earn you a bad reputation, shame and untimely death. Within a couple of years their prayers were answered, and Our Lady of the Way Church was built in the shadows of that fig tree at Petrie. I’ll do this for you if you do this for me. Prayer points Volume 4, December 30, 2015 A Prayer of Reflection and Anticipation Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NKJV) Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD. Lewis says, “our faith can survive many refusals if they are really refusals and not mere disregards. Aunt Tilly’s stage four lung cancer probably isn’t going away, not after a lifetime of chain smoking. In the same way that you would expect summer to be near once you see leaves on the fig tree in Palestine, so also should you see My return near when you see the “powers of heaven shaken” (Mark 13:24-27), Jesus said. MATTHEW 21:19-27 MARK 11:19-33 LUKE 20:1-8. 3) They rebuke children and blind men and try to keep them from getting to Jesus, and Jesus tells the children and the blind man to come. Herod the Great spent over 45 years, refurbishing the temple, expanding its courts, giving it an upgrade, attempting to make Jerusalem great again. Jesus uses a fig tree as a metaphor for the imminence of His return. as when the summer fruit has been gathered. We of little faith. Every power that has made my life to look like a fig tree, die by fire, in the name of Jesus. 2) They try to manage the kingdom, stopping ministry because some folks aren’t “following us,” and Jesus tells them, “The one who is not against us is for us.”. Riding the colt into Jerusalem says it all. And a whole industry arose to meet the needs for sacrifice and ritual purification, especially for the High Holy Days. Second, we need to remember Israel’s expectation and hope that God would come to deliver them. Mark doesn’t explain why, but Matthew does in his gospel (21:4-5). By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. There are several troubling moments in the Gospels involving Jesus and fig trees. He knows the plans behind the orders. In 9:30-31, Jesus tells them. Because of this, Jesus’s words in Mark 11 are not really addressed to the condition in which most of us live. Was not the fig tree a metaphor for the Temple? But we don’t really expect mountains to move if we strain hard enough at our faith. Second, Lewis distinguishes between three ways someone might approach God in prayer: as a suitor, as a servant, or as a friend. Following that, He proceeded to declare, that large powers were committed to faith and prayer, not in order to kill but to make alive, not to blast but to bless. And being heard costs money. (Mk 11:11).” Leaving town before the gates of a walled city were locked for the night, and Jerusalem was a walled city, makes sense. Should God in his wisdom elevate us to be his fellow workers and grant us the gift of faith, we should, by all means, seek to move mountains. 6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD. 1) Jesus explains what he’s about to do: “I’m going to suffer, die, and then be raised.”. 11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; and gently lead those that are with young. He is God’s fellow worker, and his requests are confident precisely because he sees the work as a whole and is simply asking for what is needed to complete the job. MARK 11:12-14: “And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. Here we pray, and we ask for forgiveness (because this is a table of mercy); we ask for help (because this is a table of assistance); we ask for deliverance (because through Christ God has rescued us), and we say “Thank you” (because this is the Eucharist, the table of thanksgiving). Welcome on board. We are God’s house, gathered for prayer. And some of you are there. 58. I think to some extent we have. 1. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done (Gen 2:2-3).” If the entrance into Jerusalem was on a Sunday, the day after the Sabbath and the day we celebrate as the beginning of the week, the Resurrection day, was Jesus looking around and saying, “This is not very good”? (11:11), 2) The next day, there is an incident with a fig tree. So what is Jesus teaching here? I need words. I pray that today’s prayer below will bless you in many ways. CHORUS: Draw … THE WITHERED FIG TREE —A LESSON ABOUT FAITH. 19 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. Figs in the Bible refers to references to figs and fig trees in the Tanakh and the New Testament, which are sometimes symbolic.. Hebrew Bible. (Book of Common Prayer) Point for Meditation: Meditate on your being the fig tree that deserves to be cursed and die and how Jesus has turned you into a tree of righteousness fed by Him. And some of you are there. Twitter. The fig tree and the temple. Mark 11:20-22 Common English Bible (CEB) Power, prayer, and forgiveness. But instead of coming to comfort Zion, he wrecks the temple, driving out those who bought and sold there. Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? In this sermon series, we’ve repeatedly noted the Messianic secret that marks the ministry of Jesus. But at a crucial point in the game, this Little League coach learned the lesson. The prophet Habakkuk’s dark cry of ‘how long?’ in chapter 1 concludes with bright praise in chapter 3. Once again Jesus goes out of the city, out of Jerusalem. And in the midst of that, he teaches. When you pray, forgive, so that you will be forgiven. (11:20), 5) And then Jesus goes again to the temple and begins to have some confrontations with the chief priests and scribes (11:27). And then Mark’s Gospel says a curious thing. The breaker is gone up before me and broken through every limitation and barrier of the enemy (Micah 2:13). Just like at the fig tree, God sets the pattern for man to follow. Thus, to approach God as a servant is to be confident in God’s existence, goodness, and wisdom and to stand ready to do his will, whatever that might be. We know about praise and thanksgiving, about praying for mercy in penance, about interceding for others and for ourselves. So by causing the tree to wither, Jesus provides an object lesson on the need to have faith in God. For example, when Jesus is entering Jerusalem, he sends his disciples ahead of him to get a colt for him to ride. Please remove vanity … God curses He pronounces a curse to the serpent in the Bible, God told Abraham “those who bless you I bless; those who curse you I will curse” Jesus also cursed the fig tree. The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Related Posts: Prayer Points: Rebuilding The Walls – Day15; Prayers For Church Growth and Expansion; Healing Prayer For Soul & Body; Posted in Prayers. Our faith is weak, we sin and hurt others, we even close doors that he opens for us! 2. And presently the fig tree withered away. Hosea 9:10 describes God’s first encounter with Israel in Egypt in this way, “Like grapes in the wilderness, I found Israel. Fig trees put down deep roots if given the chance, so bear that in mind when choosing a planting spot. He knows that God hears him, but he doesn’t know all that God is up to. It’s not for show. The fig tree is a well-known Old Testament symbol for Israel. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. “You are the Christ.” Peter gets it. Take these prayers during the day and midnight hours (12am-2am) PRAYER POINTS FOR FRUITFULNESS. He wants to ensure that his readers understand why the cursing of the fig tree is such a critical image, so he bookmarks Jesus clearing the temple with the fig-tree story. (ESV). 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Sundays at 10:00am & 5:00pm 1524 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105. Prayer Points Against Rising And Falling. Seeking the good of the Cities. When Jesus talks about “this mountain” being thrown into the “sea,” I think it’s possible that the mountain refers to the temple mountain and the sea refers to the nations, the Gentiles, because just as Israel is often symbolized by a fig tree in the Old Testament, the nations are often represented as the sea, the oceans. The next day, he sees a fig tree, he’s hungry, it’s leafing (even though it’s not fig season), but he can’t find any figs, so he curses the tree (“May no one ever eat fruit from you again”). Are we a generation of little faith? LinkedIn. Lord, may every area of my life find favor in Your sight oh Lord. Take these prayers during the day and midnight hours (12am-2am) PRAYER POINTS. God will gather others besides those already gathered. Jesus goes to the temple and checks it out. Let’s think about the relevance of this for us. Isaiah 40. Thank you.” Specific, sincere, targeted gratitude for concrete gifts and help and rescue, in hopes that those three prayers will be the on-ramp to worship and adoration. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. But it’s not the first prayer. And so in God’s plan a perfectly innocent fig tree dies as a demonstration of the Temple’s lack of nourishment, and as a surrogate for the Christ who will also die so that he can feed us forever. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Deuteronomy.34:1-5, “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. 1) Jesus enters Jerusalem and goes straight to the temple and has a look around. And all the things you ask in prayer, having faith, you will receive.” (Matthew 21:21, 22) He is thus repeating the point he made earlier about faith being able to move a mountain. are the feet of him who brings good news. From riding on the colt, to cursing the false fig tree, to turning over the tables, Jesus is attempting to remind God’s people what the temple was for. While it was true that the priestly sacrifices were for the people, the rich and powerful had turned the Temple into a business which was benefiting them. 17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted. This is the Table, where we apply all of these. For the Kingdom of his Father? And it’s supposed to be a place where God’s people gather to pray and worship him. So you are welcome as you join us today and pray with us, the God that answers prayers will meet you at the point of your needs in Jesus name. 100 Prayers from the prayer web-site of the De La Salle Brothers www.prayingeachday.org 1 Praying with others across the world Lord, you said that when two or three would gather together in your name, then you would be present with them. 3) Jesus then instructs them further in the nature of the kingdom and how they must live as citizens of God’s upside-down kingdom. And then God says that he will take that house, the one called by his name, the one in whom his people trust, and he will cast it out of his sight. Please remove vanity … 1. We don’t expect curses to work, and probably don’t expect prayers and blessings to work. And as a Body to sustain each other as we share that Spirit and we strive to embrace the God who loves us. The apparent stone will be bread to us if we believe that a Father’s hand put it into ours, in mercy or in justice or even in rebuke. Yet, in so many times, we put hindrances in the way. Extract Jesus told his disciples the Parable of the Fig Tree. Looking for figs when there should have been none anyway would serve to heighten the disciples’ curiosity and sharpen their memory of the incident. He couldn't figure out the meaning of the fig tree in his Bible devotion that morning. Lord, I pray You will cause Your face to shine on me. THREE women met regularly under a fig tree on a hill on Brisbane’s northern outskirts and prayed that one day a church would be built on the site. Notice the movement. This is a Messianic signal. Welcome on board. Israel is under Roman occupation, and they are eagerly hoping and anticipating the day that God returns to Zion to deliver them from their enemies and comfort them. But Jesus didn’t just come to reform the Temple, but create a new covenant, one for all people, and one which would exclude no one. The cursing of the fig tree is an incident in the gospels, presented in Mark and Matthew as a miracle in connection with the entry into Jerusalem, and in Luke as a parable. When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is … Continue reading "The Parable Of The Fig Tree" So come and welcome to Jesus Christ. the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified. The first is from Isaiah 56:6-8, from in the midst of all of those gospel, good news passages, and it testifies that the good news isn’t just for Jews; it’s also for Gentiles who worship the living God. To be able to speak faith you must already have faith in your heart – faith … God bless you. Prayer acts upon Jesus’ opening statement at the return to the fig tree: “Have faith in God.” He is the God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or could even think. Google+. We should pray, “Deliver me, O God.” But the fundamental deliverance that we need is deliverance from ourselves and our own sin. Unfortunately this teaching, which is really about faith, has turned into magical thinking. In 10:32-34, Jesus tells them again. Jesus and the disciples and the crowds are heading to Jerusalem and moving toward the climax of this story. Temple, fig tree, temple, fig tree, temple. Also Read: Open Heaven 7 January 2019 Third Sunday of Lent “The Parable of the Fig Tree” Luke 13:1-9. And Jesus tells the disciples not to tell anyone else about him, because, while they get that Jesus is Israel’s Messiah, they don’t understand the nature of his kingdom and his mission. Borg, Marcus J., and John Dominic. Second, it’s good and right for us to desire deliverance. The first counsel Lewis has is that we must not attempt to gin up this “faith” on our own. MARK 11:12-14: “And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. How this relates to cleansing the Temple is that the children of God at that time had a wall between themselves and their God. And Jesus, the new Moses, seeing sterility and bringing the promise of new fruit, a new liberation, was Jesus, the living Temple, also the fig tree? We care about our users, and we want to see the hand of God rest upon them as the pray. 1.Thank You, Father, for Your grace and mercy that have kept me till now, because if You are to mark sin, no man shall stand. Micah 7:1-6 is most relevant in this regard. Hindrances in your way. For a shepherd, finding an appropriate lamb isn’t a problem, but these are urban people who perhaps keep a few chickens or no livestock at all. God tells him that the good figs are the exiles of Judah that God will bring back and plant in the land, giving them one heart to know God, while the bad figs are king Zedekiah and the Jewish leaders who will become a horror and a byword and a curse. The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. Jesus says, “Have faith, with no doubt,” and so we try to produce faith in our own power, which often means combining a desperate desire with a strong imagination to produce a subjective feeling we then call “faith.” We begin to measure the value of our prayers by our success in immediately producing certain feelings. And here again is the fig tree, now dead, and when Peter points out this wonder, Jesus uses this moment for another lesson. 8. The servant has confidence in his master’s reality and goodness. 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