Second Day of Holy Week
[The Passion of Christ]
The Fig Tree Cursed Graphic
The Fig Tree Cursed
12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.
14 Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again."
     And his disciples heard him say it.  
Mark 11:13:14 NIV
‘The fruit of the fig tree generally appears before the leaves, and, because the fruit is green it blends in with the leaves right up until it is almost ripe…. When Jesus and His disciples saw from a distance that the tree had leaves, they would have expected it to also have fruit on it even though it was earlier in the season than what would be normal for a fig tree to be bearing fruit. Also, each tree would often produce two to three crops of figs each season. There would be an early crop in the spring followed by one or two later crops. In some parts of Israel, depending on climate and conditions, it was also possible that a tree might produce fruit ten out of twelve months. This also explains why Jesus and His disciples would be looking for fruit on the fig tree even if it was not in the main growing season. The fact that the tree already had leaves on it even though it was at a higher elevation around Jerusalem, and therefore would have been outside the normal season for figs, would have seemed to be a good indication that there would also be fruit on it.
…a fig tree is often used symbolically to represent Israel in the Scriptures. …Jesus had just arrived at Jerusalem amid great fanfare and great expectations, but then proceeds to cleanse the Temple and curse the barren fig tree. Both had significance as to the spiritual condition of Israel. With His cleansing of the Temple and His criticism of the worship that was going on there (Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17), Jesus was effectively denouncing Israel’s worship of God. With the cursing of the fig tree, He was symbolically denouncing Israel as a nation and, in a sense, even denouncing unfruitful "Christians"(that is, people who profess to be Christian but have no evidence of a relationship with Christ).’
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Mark11:15-19Jesus Cleanses the Temple Courts
15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, "Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’" 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.  Mark 11:15-19 NIV
"…After they arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus entered into the temple and began turning over the tables on all the moneychangers and those selling doves for sacrifice. Jesus would not allow anyone to carry goods through the temple.
Jesus told them:"Isn’t it written that my house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations? Why are you making it a den of robbers?"
The chief priest and scribes heard what Jesus said and they wanted to destroy him, but they feared him.
Jesus began daily teaching in the temple. But the religious leaders and men in authority began to plot ways to kill him.
The common people hung on each word that Jesus said."
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Jesus Heals The Sick And Lame
Jesus Heals The Sick and Lame in the Temple
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.  15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were indignant. 16 "Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him.
"Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, 
    ‘From the lips of children and 
    you have ordained praise’?
17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.  Matt 21:14-17 NIV  [3]