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As we near the end of Jesus earthly ministry we see a Jesus who looks nothing like our Sunday school image of Him. First He cursed a fig tree for having no fruit.

Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again!" And His disciples were listening. - Mark 11:13-14 NASB

Next, He headed down to the temple and wrecked the place.

Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. And He began to teach and say to them, "Is it not written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS'? But you have made it a ROBBERS' DEN." - Mark 11:15-17 NASB

Do you know this Jesus? Can you fathom a Jesus who seems so irrational?

I understand that figs grow before their leaves show up. The fruit grows, then the leaves come to shelter the fruit as it ripens. Jesus found a fig tree with the trappings of fruitful activity—but no fruit.

Then He came to the temple where the religious leaders performed the sacrifices on schedule and the keeping of the law was paramount. It displayed all the trappings of fruitful activity—but no fruit.

How easy it is for us to put on our religious trappings and give the appearance of fruitful activity. When Jesus comes looking for something delicious to eat, something like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self-control, (Gal. 5:22-23) what does He find in us?

Lord, lead me into a lifestyle that satisfies your appetite for the fruit of the Spirit in me.

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2 thoughts on “Trappings

  1. JE Lillie

    Wow! Hammer meet nail. This is short and potent!!! I loved it and am praying for much fruit and realize that means much pruning!

    1. Ben

      This was written for a lenten devotional our church put together. We had a 200 word limit. for the blog I put the scripture in, but in the devo, it was simply referenced.

      I learned this lesson of the fig tree Jesus cursed from an old Winkie Pratney sermon. Good stuff, and so convicting.


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