On Figs and Faith
Welcome to the last part of our series “The Miracles of Jesus Part 2”. The miracles of Jesus are not only meant to meet a specific need. It also shows His character and is used as an object lesson to teach us something. So join us now in today’s devotion.
Nakita niya ang isang puno ng igos sa tabi ng daan at nilapitan iyon. Wala siyang nakitang bunga kundi mga dahon lamang. Kaya’t sinabi niya dito, “Hindi ka na mamumunga kailanman!” Agad na natuyo ang puno.
Have you ever seen a fig tree? Although it can grow in the Philippines, it is not common. You won’t find figs in the fruit section of the grocery stores. Figs are mostly found growing in middle eastern countries and Mediterranean climates. It’s no surprise then that fig trees are mentioned in the Bible. When Adam and Eve first realized they were naked, they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves (Genesis 3:7).
Jesus also had His own encounter with a fig tree. Maaga pa noon nang pabalik na Siya, kasama ang disciples, to the city. He was hungry. Nang makita Niya ang fig tree sa may daan, He went up to it. Maybe I can eat a fruit or two, He must have thought. Unfortunately, wala ito ni isang prutas. Puro dahon! Frustrated, He talked to it, saying, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately, the tree dried up and its leaves turned brown. “When the disciples saw this happen, they were simply amazed. ‘How on earth did the fig tree wither away quite suddenly like that?’they asked” (Matthew 21:20, Phillips). Fig trees can live up to 50 years, but that fig tree‘s life was cut short that day because the Creator of the world commanded it.
In reply to the disciples, Jesus posed a challenge. “Believe me,” replied Jesus, “if you have faith and have no doubts in your heart, you will not only do this to a fig tree but even if you should say to this hill, ‘Get up and throw yourself into the sea’, it will happen! Everything you ask for in prayer, if you have faith, you will receive” (Matthew 21:21–22, Phillips). The disciples learned about faith because of a fig tree that day, a lesson that still applies to us today.
Thank you for joining us in our series and we hope you’ve been blessed. May the stories of the miracles of Jesus continue to encourage you, and may you praise Him continually!
Dear Jesus, teach me to have faith to believe that You can do extraordinary things.
Has your heart been yearning for something that can only come from God? Let go of your doubts and trust God for the impossible.