And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once. (Matthew 21:19 ESV)
We were recently with friends eating homemade Greek food when they passed me a variety plate of finger food. In one of the segmented trays were strange, black, scary looking blobs. I call them blobs as they looked mutilated and appeared burnt . . . very unappetizing. Yet, everyone was devouring them.
Finally, my husband encouraged me to take one and try it. All eyes were on me as they instructed me how to eat it. My word. Sweet nectar oozed from the tough flesh and I savored every second it tarried in my mouth. It was – I found out – a fig.
My hostess had a fig tree in her yard that when in season, bore even tastier figs. Everyone around the table were praising its fruit. No debating here – they didn’t have to convince me. I was in!
There’s been much theological discussion about the only time Jesus cursed something (the barren fig tree) and I used to read and listen in earnest to the various opinions. But now having tasted a fig myself, I don’t think it’s much of a mystery. Jesus was hungry. And clearly He knew how tasty a fig was!
Father, oh how we need to taste and see that You are good! How sweet are your Words to our taste, sweeter than honey to our mouths! Thank You, Lord for giving us such amazing sweet things from nature to enjoy but even better, for giving us Your Word to fill our hearts and minds. In Jesus’ name, Amen.