Monday, June 9, 2008

Jesus curses the fig tree

 Jeremiah 8:13- "The LORD declares "I will surely snatch them away, there will be no grapes on the vine and no figs on the fig tree, and the leaf will wither; and what I have given them will pass away."
This bears a remarkable resemblance to what Jesus was quoting in Matthew 21 when he withered the fig tree. In Jeremiah God had declared that the nation was to go into exile for being fruitless and wicked, it's destruction was imminent because it was not faithful to it's master. In Matthew, the Jewish gospel, Jesus effectively makes a claim to be God when he passes judgment as God would. It is not a coincidence that during the triumphal entry Jesus makes this claim of power, and statement that this bitterly wicked generation demanded would be destroyed.

1 comment:

krispi621 said...

this part of scripture was always weird to me. things always make a lot more sense when you realize that jesus was quoting scriptures that the jews had memorized. these were all things they would completely understand. it kind of shows us the importance of knowing scripture. it's a lot easier to understand what God is saying to us now if we know what he said to us in the past.