Posted by: Larry Hoekman | March 24, 2015

Words in Red – Great Expectations!

Day 1933:  This is the day that the Lord has made!!! – Are you rejoicing in it?

Context:  Jesus was hungry while walking and came upon a barren fig tree.  He then entered Jerusalem and went to the temple where He cast out the moneychangers and those selling in the temple.

Scripture:  “May no one ever eat fruit from you ever again.”     And Jesus taught them and said, “Is it not written, ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?  But you have turned it into a den of thieves.”  Mark 11:14b, 17

Thoughts/questions:  Jesus definitely got angry!  Although angered in both of these situations, Jesus was true to His role as teacher of His disciples.  Although there may be varied interpretations of these two events, one thing is for sure, when things appear to be one thing but actually are another – that gets Jesus’ attention!

According to Matthew, the fig tree had leaves, and fig trees with leaves should have figs.  A temple is a place of prayer and worship, and if there are people inside of a temple, they should be praying and worshipping.  Jesus used these two events to make a statement to His disciples – if they claimed to be His followers, there were certain expectations!

Do we HAVE to behave a certain way to win Jesus’ approval and stave off His anger? – No!!!  But similar to the fruit validating the purpose of the fig tree, and prayerful worshippers giving credence to the reason for the temple to exist, when we call ourselves Christ followers, there will be evidence that demonstrates our reflection of whom we follow.  This evidence will come from a response of love, not duty.  Let us all be diligent to become people whose purpose is to truly worship and to regularly exhibit the fruit of the Spirit.

Suggested Prayer:  Jesus, I choose to follow You.  Help me to fulfill Your purposes in my life . . .

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