Tuesday, March 21, 2023
“And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry” (Mark 11:12 KJV).
Who is this hungry man? Who else is a hungry man in the Bible? What exactly has caused their hunger?
Read today’s Scripture in context, chapter 11 of Mark: “ 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.  And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it….  And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.” Of course, the “hungry man” of today’s Scripture is Christ Jesus Himself.
Observe the analogous passage in Matthew chapter 21: “ 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!” Again, we see that the Lord Jesus hungers—His humanity is in full view once more.
The other “hungry man” in the Scriptures is found in chapter 10 of Acts: “ On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:  And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,….” Here is the Apostle Peter, and he, like Christ, is hungry. Why do they both hunger, and why would the Holy Spirit bother to put it into the Bible record? Let us search the Scriptures for the fascinating answer….