reminder that there’s a part in the bible where jesus gets mad at a fig tree for not having actual figs when it’s not supposed to anyway???
That is literally not what this excerpt is about
hey maybe let’s not ridicule religious texts? yeah? ok
what is it about?
SUNDAY SCHOOL TIME!
The account of Jesus cursing the barren fig tree is found in two different gospel accounts. First, it is seen in Matthew 21:18-22, and then also in Mark 11:12-14. Now, for a specific event to end up in TWO gospels, it has to be pretty relevant, so it’s safe to say that this passage shouldn’t exactly be taken at face value.
To give you a little context, this event occurs during the week leading up to the crucifixion. Basically, Jesus is running out of time, making almost everything he does during this seven day period SUPPER symbolic. No more wandering the desert or preaching from mountain tops. Jesus is in Beast Massiah Mode
It’s also worth noting that, immediately after the fig tree thing, Jesus goes and ‘purifies the temple’. This is the infamous incident event where Jesus rage-flips tables and makes a whip out of cables in order to discourage consumerism in the House of God.
both of these uncharacteristically-vengeful acts of Jesus have a connected meaning. In both passages, Jesus is disappointed because things that appear fruitful or holy on the outside end up being rotten and useless on the inside.
The temple in Jerusalem is a beautiful building that has taken years to construct. But, More importantly for us, the fruit of the fig tree generally appears before the leaves, and, because the fruit is green it blends in with the leaves right up until it’s ripe. SO, OBVIOUSLY, when Jesus and His disciples saw from a distance that the tree had leaves, they expected it to also have fruit on it, even though if WAS earlier in the season.
Both of these things look so good from the outside, so they must be just as good on the inside, right? WRONG!
Turns out the beautiful temple is full of dirty salesmen and the beautiful fig tree has no fruit. Jesus’s is not angered by natural or human imperfect. This is a man who dines with prostitutes and tax collectors. No, Jesus is angered by lies, by deception, and by HYPOCRISY.
There are MOST DEFINITELY other interpretations of these biblical events (some of which include a lot more detail and historical context then I am willing to waste on a random tumblr post) but suffice it to say that there’s SHIT TON MORE to the bible than what meets the eye. Especially when it comes to “weird” passages like this one.
No, Jesus didn’t ACTUALLY get pissed at a damn fig tree and then cursed it because he FELT like it. He used the fig tree to symbolize hypocrisy and deceptive evils.