Please remove vanity from my heart and don’t let me die before my time. We are the house of prayer for all nations. Dr. Dana Kramer-Rolls is a parishioner at All Souls Parish, Episcopal, Berkeley, California and earned her master’s degree and PhD from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. With enough faith and persistence can we demand miracles? (Mk 11:11).” Leaving town before the gates of a walled city were locked for the night, and Jerusalem was a walled city, makes sense. And it’s supposed to be a place where God’s people gather to pray and worship him. Our faith is weak, we sin and hurt others, we even close doors that he opens for us! “Fig tree afar off having leaves”: Fig trees were common as a source of food. 20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. Here’s the pattern. Jesus’ kingdom mission called for His disciples to carry the gospel into all the nations. We know about praise and thanksgiving, about praying for mercy in penance, about interceding for others and for ourselves. For example, when Jesus is entering Jerusalem, he sends his disciples ahead of him to get a colt for him to ride. You can’t hold onto bitterness and receive the grace of Jesus. 19 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. The size was fine. And they’ve tried to get ready. “And he entered Jerusalem, and went into the temple; and when he had looked round at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve. And Jesus, the new Moses, seeing sterility and bringing the promise of new fruit, a new liberation, was Jesus, the living Temple, also the fig tree? 1) Jesus explains what he’s about to do: “I’m going to suffer, die, and then be raised.”. Please remove vanity … Better to find someplace to eat and sleep with friends outside the city, and Jesus had friends in Bethany. But it’s all leaves. 58. 8 The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted. And as we multiply and plant churches, we must send them out as houses of prayer for all peoples. Take these prayers during the day and midnight hours (12am-2am) PRAYER POINTS. But even so, Jesus applies that lesson to prayer more broadly, and he does so in a way that makes us nervous. For the Kingdom of his Father? We care about our users, and we want to see the hand of God rest upon them as the pray. 1) Jesus enters Jerusalem and goes straight to the temple and has a look around. Deuteronomy.34:1-5, “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. About offering ourselves to God in prayer, the true oblation that our God desires. The first thing to say is that I wonder if there is still some symbolism happening. 4 Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’. The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD. People need some level of social organization. Again, it is sad for the innocent merchants just plying what they must have considered a holy trade, providing appropriate coins to pay temple tax and unblemished animals for sacrifice. And here again is the fig tree, now dead, and when Peter points out this wonder, Jesus uses this moment for another lesson. You will see greater things than these.” You will see greater things than these.” John 1:50 God wants to do a great thing in your life. —Matthew 17:20. Of course, miracles do happen, but it isn’t a gimme. And the cleansing of the Temple is always a warning for us to be mindful that we serve God by serving one another, not by claiming privilege of station for our service. Thank you.” Specific, sincere, targeted gratitude for concrete gifts and help and rescue, in hopes that those three prayers will be the on-ramp to worship and adoration. 8. And some of you are there. And so we’re going to spend a lot of time looking at the Old Testament in order to understand what Jesus is doing and saying in the passage. Fill out the prayer form below. 5 “For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly execute justice one with another, 6 if you do not oppress the sojourner, the fatherless, or the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever. The first counsel Lewis has is that we must not attempt to gin up this “faith” on our own. And so, when we gather, we need to remember what this gathering is for. In His cursing of the fig-tree our Lord demonstrated His power. To be able to speak faith you must already have faith in your heart – faith … This is my house. God curses He pronounces a curse to the serpent in the Bible, God told Abraham “those who bless you I bless; those who curse you I will curse” Jesus also cursed the fig tree. He knows the plans behind the orders. But we need them to guide prayer, not own it. Extract Jesus told his disciples the Parable of the Fig Tree. And now here comes Jesus, journeying to Jerusalem, returning to Zion, as the Son of David and Son of God, and he comes into this magnificent building and he says, “You’ve made Jerusalem great again. Father, I trust Your promises upon my life. THE WITHERED FIG TREE —A LESSON ABOUT FAITH. I will flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon (Psalm 92:12). Let my faith grow exceedingly (2 Thessalonians 1:3). Mark 11:20-22 Common English Bible (CEB) Power, prayer, and forgiveness. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. And he said to the vineyard-keeper, ‘Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Here we pray, and we ask for forgiveness (because this is a table of mercy); we ask for help (because this is a table of assistance); we ask for deliverance (because through Christ God has rescued us), and we say “Thank you” (because this is the Eucharist, the table of thanksgiving). Remember back in Mark 1, when we talked about what Mark and Jesus means by “gospel,” good news. The fig tree and the temple. Thank you.” Specific, sincere, targeted gratitude for concrete gifts and help and rescue, in hopes that those three prayers will be the on-ramp to worship and adoration. For figs? 1.Thank You, Father, for Your grace and mercy that have kept me till now, because if You are to mark sin, no man shall stand. and there is no one upright among mankind; 3 Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe. A step above the suitor is the servant. Let’s think about the relevance of this for us. Prayer points Volume 4, December 30, 2015 A Prayer of Reflection and Anticipation Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NKJV) Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be I need words. And so we have the poor fig tree, the innocent that died for showy leaves but no fruit out of season. In Mark, a day passes between the cursing of the fig tree and the disciples’ discovery of what happened to it; in Matthew, the effect is immediate. What provoked him was the substitution of hustle and bustle, of all kinds of economic/spiritual activity for the real purpose of the temple, which was to gather people to pray, to worship, to obey the living God. 2) The disciples are rebuke him, or they’re confused, or they misunderstand the nature of the kingdom. Second, it’s good and right for us to desire deliverance. We know he speaks of his signs as bringing glory to his Father. and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; The day of your watchmen, of your punishment, has come; 6 for the son treats the father with contempt. Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). The Temple in Jerusalem, dedicated to the Holy One of Israel, has become a den of thieves, a source of revenue for the Temple and its priestly class. The fig tree is a well-known Old Testament symbol for Israel. Confession: Ecclesiastes 7:8 “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.”. 11-12 is about Jesus’s battle of wits and wisdom with the chief priests and scribes. (11:11), 2) The next day, there is an incident with a fig tree. TGFJ. Show me a species that doesn’t, and with higher degrees of self awareness and sentience, and we aren’t the only of God’s creatures that have it, we have that need in abundance. He will bare his arm before the Gentiles and deliver his people. The rest of the passage is oriented by Jesus and the temple (this will be a major theme for the next few chapters). As a result, the suitor may be satisfied if his request is taken into account, even if it is not granted in the end. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. That isn’t very relational with our Abba in Heaven. That’s our tendency. 3) They rebuke children and blind men and try to keep them from getting to Jesus, and Jesus tells the children and the blind man to come. How this relates to cleansing the Temple is that the children of God at that time had a wall between themselves and their God. We are asking God to make things happen for us because we asked, but sometimes it feels more like a demand or even blackmail. A house of prayer for all people, and the Greek does say τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, toi ethnisin, all ethnicities. We’re going to be looking at verses 22 to 25, verses 22 to 25 in Mark chapter 11. / Prayer Points. First, throughout the Old Testament, God’s people and their obedience are often described in terms of fig trees and their fruit. 28 “Take a lesson from the fig tree: as soon as its branches grow tender and its leaves sprout, you know that summer is near.” 29 So also, when you see these things happening, you know that the Promised One is near, right at the door. He doesn’t have to say anything. Lewis says, “our faith can survive many refusals if they are really refusals and not mere disregards. 20 Early in the morning, as Jesus and his disciples were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered from the root up. And so in God’s plan a perfectly innocent fig tree dies as a demonstration of the Temple’s lack of nourishment, and as a surrogate for the Christ who will also die so that he can feed us forever. the daughter rises up against her mother. But you’ve forgotten what the temple is for. as when the summer fruit has been gathered. The struggle for the suitor is precisely to believe that, however circumstances may look, God does hear our prayers. THREE women met regularly under a fig tree on a hill on Brisbane’s northern outskirts and prayed that one day a church would be built on the site. 6 And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD. This is not about proclaiming anything you want and hoping that it will happen. And then God says that he will take that house, the one called by his name, the one in whom his people trust, and he will cast it out of his sight. Fig trees put down deep roots if given the chance, so bear that in mind when choosing a planting spot. the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Notice the movement. Every power that has made my life to look like a fig tree, die by fire, in the name of Jesus. 17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: 18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. For the last few chapters, we’ve seen the repeated confusion of the disciples about Jesus and the kingdom. December derived its name from the Latin word “Decem” meaning ten (10). They are ready for a Deliverer. We should pray, “Deliver me, O God.” But the fundamental deliverance that we need is deliverance from ourselves and our own sin. Say to the mountain, “Be thrown into the sea,” with no doubt, with rock-solid faith, it’ll happen. The next day, he sees a fig tree, he’s hungry, it’s leafing (even though it’s not fig season), but he can’t find any figs, so he curses the tree (“May no one ever eat fruit from you again”). He has three counsels. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. The cursing of the fig tree is an incident in the gospels, presented in Mark and Matthew as a miracle in connection with the entry into Jerusalem, and in Luke as a parable. Every force of the Egyptians working against my fruitfulness, scatter by fire, in the name of Jesus. 24:32ff), etc. Lord, may every area of my life find favor in Your sight oh Lord. He is not “in on his master’s secrets,” even if he is under his master’s orders. The tree of life produces 12 crops of fruit per year. You must therefore learn from the fig tree and from Ananias and Sapphira that living a fake life can only earn you a bad reputation, shame and untimely death. Last week, we saw that Jesus’s ministry has taken a particular and deliberate turn. He wants to ensure that his readers understand why the cursing of the fig tree is such a critical image, so he bookmarks Jesus clearing the temple with the fig-tree story. And we gather here, not just as suitors, and not just as servants, but as the friends of Jesus, as the sons and daughters of God. Deliver me from pride. You’re desperate for your soul to rise to God, but it’s shackled by bitterness, resentment, anger, and even low-grade frustration and annoyance at small offenses. Temple, fig tree, temple, fig tree, temple. Open Heaven 10 December 2020 Memorise: And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.– Matthew 21:22 Read: Matthew 21:18-22 Open Heaven 10 December 2020 18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. MARK 11:12-14: “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. In the same way that you would expect summer to be near once you see leaves on the fig tree in Palestine, so also should you see My return near when you see the “powers of heaven shaken” (Mark 13:24-27), Jesus said. And there’s no fruit. Thus, to approach God as a servant is to be confident in God’s existence, goodness, and wisdom and to stand ready to do his will, whatever that might be. For Israel (Hos 9:10)? In 9:30-31, Jesus tells them. 57. 28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. The first is from Isaiah 56:6-8, from in the midst of all of those gospel, good news passages, and it testifies that the good news isn’t just for Jews; it’s also for Gentiles who worship the living God. By Christine Darg, Jerusalem Channel. Father, make me your special child so that in everything I do, my case will be different positively, in the mighty name of Jesus. 1. Micah 7:1-6 is most relevant in this regard. The last lesson of this passage has to do with Jesus’s exhortation about forgiveness. “You are the Christ.” Peter gets it. Above the servant (in the highest place attainable by a man) is the friend of God, the one who stands before the Lord, like Abraham and Moses, “face-to-face.” The friend of God has been let in on the Master’s secrets. And if he wanted to call attention to himself, to poke at the Temple elite, smashing up their source of revenue was a good way to do it. OPEN HEAVEN 7 JANUARY 2019 PRAYER POINT; Please Click Here To Read – Prayer Points on Today’s Open Heavens: (Sunday, January 7, 2019) – Lessons From The Fig Tree II Father, please cause me to be fruitful in Jesus’ Name. Jesus answered and said to him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? Jesus is claiming the mantle of the Davidic king. Space fig trees at least 20 feet away from any buildings or other trees. Just like at the fig tree, God sets the pattern for man to follow. “Deliver me from my sinful desires. Today’s passage is thick with symbolism. I do not doubt that for God all things are possible. At this point, though, we receive exegesis that goes beyond anything warranted by the previous text alone. 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