THE WITHERED FIG TREE
The spirit of the Gospel teaches us that Jesus loves the truth about each season of a human being’s life. That’s why He cursed the fig tree that was, in an abnormal way, trying to look fruitful three months before its proper season.
All the other fig trees were bare then. The fig tree yields its fruit before its leaves show.
Therefore, that abundant foliage was a definite promise of fruit, but there was none. All the show was nothing but camouflage.
None of the bare fig trees in the Mount of Olives was cursed but that one. And for a simple reason: It conveys the symbolic value of something primary: people’s attempt to cover themselves with fig tree leaves instead of letting God Himself cover them, which would cause them to live in truth.
In fact, the fig tree foliage symbolized Israel’s spiritual reality. It was filled with religion, had a big temple, but had no fruits worthy of repentance.
The fig tree lesson is powerful. As it’s said, God respects all seasons of life, even when there’s no apparent fruit, because then the fruit is being formed within—so, there is fruit at all times.
However, when you try to appear to be fruitful, if there’s no truth—for the being’s fruit is its truth—, the very attempt to produce what’s not true is, in itself, the very curse. Then such a being withers.
Truth is truth both in the season of yielding fruit and out of the season of yielding fruit. Because truth is that which is. And God loves everyone who is not afraid of being true before Him.
From the original: “A FIGUEIRA AMALDIÇOADA”
Translated by F. R. Castelo Branco | May 2007