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. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. – Mark 11
I have read this scripture a number of times over the years and what gets my attention about it is not that Jesus was hungry, or that he cursed the tree, or that it dried up and died. But, what gets me is how the passage says “for the time of figs was not yet”. In other words it was not the season for the tree to even have fruit on it. So it wasn’t like the tree was abnormal, or acting out of nature, yet the Lord cursed it anyway.
This was puzzling to me for some time but you see the bible tells us that all things are created for him and his pleasure. So it didn’t matter the natural order of seasons and fruit because the master himself was present and he expected fruit to be on the tree. Did he realize it wasn’t time for fruit? Of course. As with most everything in the scriptures, this is just another demonstration of the revelation of Christ.
I reflected on this for some time and thought, well it doesn’t really matter what season we are in, or what challenges we may be facing, when the master calls on us to produce “fruit” everything else takes a back seat and we are blessed in our faithfulness, likewise we could miss a blessing, or promotion, if we dwell on the natural season or struggles we are facing in our lives. God bless you.