Wednesday, March 22, 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?
The Lord’s cursing of the fig tree (Matthew 21:18-20; Mark 11:12-14,20,21) is frequently misunderstood as nothing more than a petty tantrum thrown in response to a tree’s barrenness and Jesus’ unsatisfied appetite. However, if we set aside such childish thinking, we will better grasp why this event took place and was even recorded as part of the Holy Bible.
Read today’s Scripture in a fuller context: “ 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 they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;  And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.  And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.  And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.  And when even was come, he went out of the city.” (You can also read Matthew’s account, Matthew 21:12-20, which is non-chronological.)
In conjunction with condemning the Jerusalem Temple as “a den of thieves,” Christ cursed the fig tree. Figs in the Bible denote religion (for example, see Adam and Eve’s feeble “solution” to their sin problem in Genesis 3:7). The Lord Jesus condemns Israel’s religion as corrupt and unfruitful, which the fig tree represents….