FALSE COVERING: WHY DID JESUS CURSE THE FIG TREE?
ANOINTED HANDS: Today I turned with anointed
hands to the following scripture about Jesus cursing the
fig tree. I suddenly wondered why did He curse the fig
tree? Of course the obvious one was a display of His
spiritual laws of cursing and blessing with the power of
faith and spoken word. And there are many lessons to
learn from it. But I was still led to ask, “Why did He
curse the fig tree?” He then opened my eyes to
following a train of thoughts that led to quite a
revelation. I was amazed to find the hidden treasure.
Matt 21:18-22 NKJV
Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He
was hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came
to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to
it, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again." Immediately
the fig tree withered away.
And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying,
"How did the fig tree wither away so soon?" So Jesus
answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if
you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do
what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to
this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it
will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer,
believing, you will receive."
WHAT DOESN’T BEAR FRUIT GETS CUT OFF
I was reminded that it is a scriptural principal that
whatever does not bear fruit will get cut off, wither
and then burned in the fire.
John 15:1-7 NKJV
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the
vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear
fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit
He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are
already clean because of the word which I have spoken to
you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot
bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine,
neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 "I am the
vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I
in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do
nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast
out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them
and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
Luke 3:7-9 NKJV
Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be
baptized by him,"Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee
from the wrath to come? 8 Therefore bear fruits worthy
of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves,
'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you that
God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these
stones. 9 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the
trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good
fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."
Luke 13:6-9 NKJV
He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig
tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit
on it and found none. 7 Then he said to the keeper of
his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking
fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why
does it use up the ground?' 8 But he answered and said
to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig
around it and fertilize it. 9 And if it bears fruit,
well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.'"
Within Israel, in April the fig trees that will later
bear fruit have young leaves and also some immature figs
appearing at the same time. Those trees that only bore
leaves without the immature figs were known to be barren
and would never bear fruit. When Jesus saw the fig
tree, it had a lot of leaves and so He approached it
because He was hungry. Because the leaves were green,
they offered a promise and expectation. But when He
approached it and found no fruit, it became clear that
the green leaves at a distance were just camouflaging
that there was no fruit coming.
LAW OF FIRST MENTION: THE FIG LEAF, A COVERING FOR
Gen 3:7-10 NKJV
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they
knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves
together and made themselves coverings. 8 And they
heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in
the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid
themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the
trees of the garden. 9 Then the LORD God called to Adam
and said to him, "Where are you?" 10 So he said, "I
heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because
I was naked; and I hid myself."
The first time fig leaves are mentioned in scripture is
right after Adam and Eve sinned, they used fig leaves to
cover their nakedness because they were ashamed. This
was a parable of self righteousness, which is an attempt
to make oneself justified, innocent and in right
standing with God. (Gen 3:7 & 21)
NOTE: Afterwards, the Lord Himself covered them
with animal skins, which is the first hint of His coming
redemption through spilling of blood. Later God further
hints of the difference to Adam and Eve by rejecting
their son Cain’s farmer offering of the fruit of the
ground. Yet He accepts their other son, Abel’s
sheepherder offering of the first born sheep. Cain used
his own strength to cultivate and bear fruit. Abel
simply watched over his sheep’s safety and led them to
what God had already provided for them. All throughout
scripture we see that we can do nothing to redeem
ourselves and be justified and innocent by ourselves.
It is only through faith in the finished work of Jesus
Christ spilling His blood to pay for our right standing
Matt 26:28-29 NKJV
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is
shed for many for the remission of sins.
Heb 9:21-22 NKJV
And according to the law almost all things are
purified with blood , and without shedding of blood
there is no remission.
Phil 3:9 NKJV
...and be found in Him, not having my own
righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is
through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from
God by faith.
2 Cor 5:20-21 NKJV
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us,
that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
INTERESTING CHRONOLOGICAL EVENTS – COVERING THE
Just the day prior to cursing the fig tree, Jesus has
entered into Jerusalem where they gave great “plumage”
to welcome and honor Him into their city. It was marked
by cutting palm branches off trees and spreading them
down on the street before Him. Others took their coats
and did the same. The palm branches and the people’s
coats were coverings for the trees and the people. They
laid these “coverings” upon Jerusalem’s ground, which
was later saturated with the blood of One they killed,
the very same Jesus.
Matt 21:8-11 NKJV
And a very great multitude spread their clothes on
the road; others cut down branches from the trees and
spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went
before and those who followed cried out, saying:
"Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes
in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" And
when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved,
saying, "Who is this?" So the multitudes said, "This is
Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee."
HAVING THE FORM OF GODLINESS
Now consider that fig tree... it too was covered with
much “plumage.” The very next day Jesus is hungry and
approaches the tree in expectation of fruit. But the
tree only offers leaves because it is barren. All the
plumage, the leaves, are a covering or a guise to
camouflage that there is no fruit on the tree.
In the following 2 passages it says that there will be
form of godliness
profess they know God...
... BUT like all those in the streets honoring King
Jesus, in their works and fruits, they deny Him. The
following 2 scriptures leaves me with a simple
question: How can someone be the following and HAVE A
FORM OF GODLINESS?
disobedient to parents
pleasure rather than lovers of God
captives of gullible women loaded down with sins
by various lusts
disqualified for every good work
2 Tim 3:1-8
But know this, that in the last days perilous times
will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves,
lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers,
disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving,
unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty,
lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a
form of godliness but denying its power. And from such
people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep
into households and make captives of gullible women
loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7
always learning and never able to come to the knowledge
of the truth.
Titus 1:15-16 NKJV
They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him,
being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for
every good work.
The answer to that question was pretty clear. That list
of characteristics is nothing like God.
So where is their form
of godliness coming from? They are wearing a lot of
in these last day, consider becoming a FRUIT INSPECTOR
before you jump onto someone’s bandwagon with
expectation and hope in what they are promising.
ONLY CLINGING TO THE SOURCE OF FRUIT CAN WE BEAR
Just as Adam and Eve could not hide their nakedness from
God through fig leaves, neither can we. The only way we
will ever be able to bear real fruit is constantly being
tapped into the Source of all fruit: Jesus Christ. The
more we cling, the more we become godly and the more we
will be like Him and bear rich and everlasting fruit.
John 15:4 NKJV
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear
fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither
can you, unless you abide in Me.
I wrote the
above teaching on 11/16. I was discouraged by the
teaching and so I had decided to wait upon the Lord for
confirmation if He wanted me to post it. Then today
someone sent me an article by Dave Wilkerson. His
revelation goes on to speak about faith, but the
following quotes were definitely a confirmation. The
Lord must be highlighting this scripture right now!
Newsletter: Moving Your Mountain
By David Wilkerson July
“As they passed by, they
saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter
calling to remembrance saith unto (Jesus), Master,
behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered
away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in
“For verily I say unto
you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be
thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall
not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those
things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have
whatsoever he saith…. What things soever ye desire, when
ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have
them” (Mark 11:20–24, my italics).
This well known passage
is beloved in the church of Jesus Christ. As I read it
recently, God would not let me pass over it without
examining it further.
Now I have found within
it powerful spiritual truth I hadn’t seen before...
... We know from Jesus’
response that the message to follow was all about faith.
The withered fig tree was another of Christ’s
What did this dried-up
plant represent? It signified God’s rejection of the old
religious system of works in Israel. That
system was all about trying to earn salvation and God’s
favor by human effort and self-will.
WHAT A PRECIOUS
The following graphic popped onto the top banner as I
was posting this.
When we are "arrayed" in Him, we are covered in His holy
clothing and not a bunch of religious leaves. (smile)
Matt 6:28-30 NKJV
So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies
of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory
was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes
the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is
thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you,
O you of little faith?