“He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored. ” (Proverbs 27:18)

I have two little figs on my fig tree in Virginia. Not many! I feel sad seeing only two little green figs on a tree with lots of green leaves. I have just been in NC where I always seem to have found a fig tree and figs flourishing when I was growing up. But in the more recent years not so many. People have said, “lack of rain or no care takers.”

My Mother had many fig trees. We ate them from the tree. We made preserves, cakes, and many other natural wonders of the fig. I miss the figs and the fig trees.

The Parable of the budding fig tree is found in Matt 24:32–36, Mark 13:28–32, Luke 21:29–33 as part of the Olivet discourse.

Mark 11:12–14 includes an account of Jesus withering a fig tree: “On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he (Jesus) was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. 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.’

Why do we think Jesus was upset about the fig tree not having fruit since it was not even the season for figs? ” I have one little clue for us to think on. “The Olivet discourse” is sometimes called, “Little Apocalypse” because it includes Jesus’ descriptions of future events.

I thought of the many other Biblical scriptures used as illustrations for our edification and education related to the fig tree. Can you find some?
300Px-Tree Leaf, Matson Photograph Collection, Ca 1925-1946-1

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