In this passage, Jesus is hungry and he wants to eat a fig. Upon seeing that the fig tree has no fruit, he cursed the tree so that it would never bear fruit. Once cursed, the tree withers.
This story strikes me as strange. First, why did Jesus get so angry at the fig tree that he felt the need to curse it? Did he think that trees had intent and that whether they bore fruit was dependent on that intent? Also, if he wanted the tree to have figs on it, why didn’t he just make them appear?
What do you think of this passage? I am looking forward to a great discussion this passage.
Mathew 21:19 And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.”
Harper Bibles (2011-11-22). NRSV Bible with the Apocrypha(Kindle Locations 66976-66977). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
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