I am a Christian who wants to understand and uphold Scripture.’ Introduction This compelled Peter, who was speaking on behalf of the others as well (cf. Please keep up the good work. 17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night. Put simply, the I recommend reading Misquoting Jesus or Jesus Interrupted by Bart Ehrman for further information on manuscript variation. Bible scholars found the solution in the 5 th century –over 1500 However, the claims of the apologist are once again contradicted by the words of the bible: “Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.” If he knew “that figs come later in the season”[Answers in Genesis] then he would not need to “find out if it had any fruit”[bible]. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants In Mark 11 Jesus curses the fig tree, drives out capitalists from the Temple, and his disciples notice the tree is withered the next morning. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Thus, there seems to be a problem in the timing. MT 23:35 Jesus says that Zacharias (Zechariah) was the son of Barachias (Barachiah). 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Lastly, I challenged all those replying to these verses to use your faith to cause a mountain to be thrown into the ocean. Both stories can not be literally true. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. I just found your blog, trying to question some Christians why homosexuality is a sin but eating lobster, shaving beards and eating fruit from a too-young tree is not. There was a fig tree, there was Jesus and the fig tree did wither away. One supposed Bible contradiction is that the Gospel accounts seem to indicate that Jesus was anointed before and after the Triumphal Entry. The apologists make multiple assertions that are unsupported by the verses. “Can you explain the apparent contradiction between Matthew and Mark? Was Jesus the first to rise from the dead? Jesus actually cursed the fig tree on His way to the temple as Mark said, but this does not mean that Matthew's account is mistaken. Another problem is that all-knowing Christian god did not know that it was not the season for figs to appear on fig trees. Parable of the Fig Tree Speaking with his disciples about WHEN his Second Coming would take place, Jesus said: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree ; when its branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near: So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. (Mt. (Matthew 21:17-22 and Mark 11:12-24) My daughter-in-law once asked me why Jesus cursed the fig tree. However, the claims of the apologist are once again contradicted by the words of the bible: “Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. Mt. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. Cut it down! It cannot be both, unless Jesus cursed the same fig tree twice, which would make him verifiably senile. The Secular Web lists a perceived contradiction between Matthew stating that the fig tree withered immediately, and Mark saying that the disciples noticed it when they passed by the following day. And when the apostles agreed gentiles dont have to be circumcized they concluded for the lawof moses is read every sabbath in the synagogues. [g]Mark 11:26 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. It withered overnight (Mark II: 20) 47. Jesus said to have eternal life keep thecommandments. These activities, such as the state fair booth and the Kentucky Freethought Convention, are about promoting something true and good (atheism), while this website is more about demonstrating that something (the bible) is not accurate. Interestingly, the fig is the third kind of tree mentioned by its name in the Bible, right after these other two trees (that is, that of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil). Another question raised is why did Jesus curse this tree? 21 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Did the fig tree wither immediately as per Matthew or the next day as per Mark. The Bible also says that at the end of this age Israel will ‘blossom and bud’ and ‘put forth new leaves’ like a fig tree, and that this will be a sign of the imminent return of Israel’s true Messiah – Yeshua (Jesus Christ). And presently the fig tree withered away. Since I have not read any news about that happening lately, you have just provided more evidence that the bible contains claims that are not true. 20 As they were passing by in the morning [early in the afternoon], they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. William Hendricksen has a very succinct discussion of the matter.In his commentary on Matthew, he writes: “That the Gospel writers were not mere copyists but independent authors, each using his own method, appears very clearly in the present instance [21:18-22].Since part of the Fig Tree story occurred on Monday and part on Tuesday (Mark 11:11,12,19,20), with the cleansing of the temple taking place (on Monday) between these two parts, it is clear that this story could be handled in two ways: (a) chronologically or; (b) topically.Mark follows the first method, describing the first part of the Fig Tree story, the part that took place on Monday morning, in 11:12-14; then, the cleansing of the temple, later that same day, in 11:15-19; and finally, the second part of the Fig Tree story, the part that happened on Tuesday morning, in 11:20-24.Matthew, on the other hand, uses the second method.He wishes to tell the entire story all at once, in one connected and uninterrupted account.In doing this he does not come into real conflict with Mark, for his (Matthew’s) time indications are very indefinite” (p. 773). One interpretation of the curse of the fig tree that I keep hearing is that fig tree symbolizes Israel. One interpretation of the curse of the fig tree that I keep hearing is that fig tree symbolizes Israel. The most painful part of your blog are the people who comment, trying to explain the contradiction with crazy ideas they clearly made up off the cuff, not spending time reflecting and reasoning, or talking to their pastor or fellow believers. Genealogies of Christ Skeptics like to point out that the two genealogies of Jesus Christ differ in Matthew 1 and Luke 3. Jesus “went to find out if it had any fruit“, which clearly means he did not know whether or not it had fruit. The bible is in error. 12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. In reality, the fig tree is easy to grow, doesn’t require much water, is pleasant to the eye, highly The man who checks bags for bombs on our transport system was eating juicy figs and gave one to me with a smile. Did one Gospel writer make a mistake? No finite wickedness deserves infinite punishment. Christ made two trips tot he temple, and He cursed the fig tree … Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. In regards to the timing of the fig tree withering, both of them talk about Mark being chronological and Matthew being “topical”. 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”. (a) Three months (2 Kings 24:8) (b) Three months and ten days (2 Chronicles 36:9) 8.The chief of the mighty men of David … Observing this fruitless tree, Jesus pronounced a “curse” (i.e., a withering judgment) upon the tree as a symbolic preview of that punishment which ultimately would befall the Hebrew nation (A.D. 70).Immediately the fig tree began to wither away. The fig tree (Ficus carica) is very common in Palestine. De 8:8 Mount Olivet was famous for its fig trees in ancient times, and they are still found there. 6:15. But because they read this contradiction in the bible, they go to extravagant lengths to make up excuses for the contradiction. 10) When did the fig tree keel? If they read these verses in the Koran, they would be the first to scream about how the Koran has a contradiction. Bible verses related to Fig Trees from the King James Version (KJV) by Relevance - Sort By Book Order Luke 13:6-9 - He spake also this parable; A certain [man] had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Fig, Fig-Tree :: fig-tre (teenah, plural teenim, specially figs; paggim, green figs only in So 2:13; suke, fig-tree, sukon, fig): 1. 12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. When things were well in Israel and the people prosperous, the Bible describes “every man sitting under his own fig tree” (1 Kgs 4:25). The fig tree does not have a direct correlation to anything -- like the nation of Israel. 12 Jesus entered the temple courts…17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night…18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city…Immediately the tree withered. If this is accurate then Jesus was showing what would soon come to pass as God’s judgment would fall on the nation. Jesus Curses a Fig Tree (Mark 11:12-25)12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Matthew 21:19-21 - And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. But Mark places the cursing before the temple was cleansed. Lenski (p. 811). Jesus extends a “year” of grace to Israel before the cursing of the fig tree in hope that they would respond in repentance as had been preached by John the Baptist. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. The bible is very clear those who keep the commandments have a good understanding. D.A. 20 When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. Verdict: Not a contradiction. Bertrand Russell and Christianity, Part 2. On July 28, 2019 July 28, 2019 By quranandbibleblog In Bible, Christianity, Jesus. They saw it was dried up from the roots. 100 Bible Verses about Fig Tree Matthew 21:19 ESV / 12 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. The bible does NOT say he want out to the tree to teach a lesson about Israel. 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. If these passages were speaking figuratively, then we wouldn’t be worried about the apparent contradiction between these two accounts of the Lord’s encounter with a fig tree in Matthew 21:19 and Mark 11:20. Ie law of gravity and other laws of nature keeping the earth able to sustain life are also mentioned in the bible. Luke 13:6-9 ESV / 136 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful. 18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. Yes. The disciples notice and are amazed. 20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Fordetailedingo readthe real God Proofs and Promises. 21 Being reminded, Peter said to Him, … Luke 13:6-9. Bible Contradiction – Mark 11:12-14, 20-21 versus Matthew 21:18-20. And at once the fig tree withered. Many scholars believe the fig tree represented Israel, or at least her leaders in Jerusalem, since fruitless fig trees are often used symbolically in reference to judgment (Jeremiah 8:13; Joel 1:7). Do not reply again until you have used your faith to send a mountain into an ocean. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. Was he angry at the tree? 14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/790-fig-tree-incident-a-contradiction-the, http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2012/07/17/contradictions-figuring-out, Contradictions in the Christmas Story (Re-posted). Is there a Bible contradiction in Mark 11:12–14, 20–24? ( Log Out /  There was a fig tree and that fig tree did actually wither away. Possibly one was near when he spoke this. Yes (Matthew 26:48-50) No. Fig, Fig tree. Modern archaeology is in total disagreement with the bible in the history prior to the Babylonian captivity, and scientists do not have any evidence of god creating the earth. 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. Now I will get into another reason why I have not blogged so much. Fig-tree - This was spoken on the Mount of Olives, which produced not only olives, but figs. 21:20), to comment: “Rabbi, look! 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” [26] [g]. He clearly states people will reject the commandments for mans tradition. 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”. But it seems like these two statements contradict each other. Mark 11:12–14, 20–24)—When was the fig tree cursed by Jesus, before or after the temple was cleansed?. And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Matthew 21:10-22; Mark 11:11-26; Genesis 1; Genesis 2; Matthew 21:18-19; Mark 11:11, 12, 19, 20, Jackson, Wayne. By: edhensley on December 19, 2013 at 11:10 am. I can just imagine the disciples thinking, “That was strange. Its large size, and its abundance of five-lobed leaves, render it a pleasant shade tree; and its fruit furnished a wholesome food, very much used in all the lands of the Bible. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. I think many people wonder that; maybe you are one of them. [f]Mark 11:23 Some early manuscripts “If you have faith in God,” Jesus answered, 23 “truly There is one final circumstance that deserves comment.Some have wondered why the disciples did not notice the withered tree as they departed Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, in returning to Bethany.Mark’s Gospel makes it clear that they did not observe that detail until Tuesday morning.R.C. There is something that just feels rich and decadent about figs. They both claim that the tree does or could represent Israel. Dr. Tommy Mitchell, AiG-U.S., explains this apparent contradiction… When Jesus cursed fig tree, he used the words "ever again". Of the Withering of the Fig-Tree, and of the Question as to the Absence of any Contradiction Between Matthew and the Other Evangelists in the Accounts 130. Every sunday christian I debatethis leaves this scripture out and when I bring it up they come up eith something else which is also asily proved wrong with scripture. Read through the biblical references of Fig Tree to learn more about its meaning and significance. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. I… May you find some insight from these related scripture quotes!To find the full context of shorter scripture quotes, click on "Chapter" above each verse. 14-28 are again chronological, with the exception of 21:18, 19” (p. 138).Of course Matthew 21:18-19 is the very text that is questioned, chronologically speaking, by the critics. 21:10-22). Later he curses the fruitless fig tree, representing unfruitfulness (Mark 11:12-21), and then uses the fig as a metaphor of how we should recognise the signs of the times (Matthew 24:32). 16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. When did the cursed fig tree die? Jesus set the example for us to follow. Coffman Commentaries on the Bible can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine figs? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”. In Matthew’s account, Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple, and then cursed the fig tree the next day. Yet in Mark’s account he cursed the fig tree first, and then drove the moneychangers out – … (2) On Tuesday morning, the little band again made their way toward Jerusalem.It was at this point, according to Mark’s record, that the disciples noticed the withered fig tree.They marveled about the matter and Christ used the occasion to encourage them to strengthen their faith. The idiom “everyone dwelt under his grapevine and fig tree” denotes times of safety and rejoicing within Israel (i.e. Figs in the Bible refers to references to figs and fig trees in the Tanakh and the New Testament, which are sometimes symbolic.. Hebrew Bible. Yet in Mark’s account he cursed the fig tree first, and then drove the moneychangers out – on the same day (Mk 11:11-26).”. 47 Bible Verses about Fig Trees. In the New Testament we can also see Yeshua using the symbolic fig tree – firstly in the calling of Nathanael who was “sitting under a fig tree” like a “true Israelite” in John 1:48-50. Arise, my love, my fair one,and come away. How long was the ark Notice that Jesus does not say, “When you see the fig tree planted, know....” He says, “When you see the leaves...know...” ) Jesus could have used another type of tree for the analogy. We consider the parable of the fig tree SAB contradiction 902 (by book) A visitor wrote: ‘I am having trouble with the stories of The Triumphal Entry, The Temple Cleansing, and the Cursing of the Fig Tree. While there are slight differences between the two accounts, they are easily reconciled by studying the passages. Like the phatisees many people will be to proud to admit they r wrong. The fig tree is the third tree to be mentioned by name in the Hebrew Bible.The first is the Tree of life and the second is the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. ©2021. Song of … 44 Bible Verses about Fig tree ‹ › Most Relevant Verses Judges 9:10-11 Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come, reign over us!’ But the fig tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go … Carson comments similarly: “If the Triumphal Entry was on Sunday, then, according to Mark, the cursing of the fig tree was on Monday; and the disciples’ surprise at the tree’s quick withering, along with Jesus’ words about faith, were on Tuesday.Matthew has simply put the two parts together in a typical topical arrangement” (p. 444).See also R.C.H. How long was the ark afloat? Where does it say the fig tree's guilt was that it was not time for fruit ? Competent scholars have long recognized that some accounts in the Scriptures are topically arranged at various points, rather than conforming to a strict chronological sequence.For example, Genesis 1 is a chronological arrangement of the events of the first six days of the creation week.Genesis 2 also deals with the creation events, but the record is topically arranged, with a major emphasis on mankind.There is no conflict; there is merely a different purpose in the narratives. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. can a fig tree, my brethren, yield olives, or a vine figs? “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” they asked. He disrupts business and makes a sweeping condemnation of the religious system, yet He is untouched." ( 8:8) Mount Olivet was famous for its fig trees in ancient times, and they are still found there.To "sit under ones own vine and ones own fig tree" became a proverbial expression among the Jews to denote peace and prosperity.1 Kings 4:25 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! Matthew 21:12–19 (cf. By: edhensley on February 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm. Remember that Peter preaches repentance in Acts 3 because the kingdom was at hand. Did everyone (except for Noah and his family) die in the flood? ".For the present, we are concerned only with the chronological sequence of the events.It is this issue that has been questioned by skeptical critics.]. Friends, the Bible does not contradict itself, so that means the establishment of the nation named Israel in 1948 is not symbolic of the budding fig tree branch. This Bible study will examine two reasons why Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured. So there you have it … Christ’s parable of the Fig Tree in Matthew 24:32-35 and Moses’ length of a generation in Psalms 90:10 go hand in hand in confirming Jesus Christ’s rapturous return “immediately after the Great Tribulation” will happen in the year AD 2028! To whom did Jesus make his first post-resurrection appearance? 18 Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. The Fig Tree Dries Up - In the morning they passed by the fig tree. When did the cursed fig tree die? The Fig Tree … Hiebert observes: “The contents of Matthew, while revealing careful arrangement, are not readily arranged in a systematic outline.The arrangement of the material is largely topical and the central portion of the gospel revolves around five discourses by Jesus” (p. 67). Two examples of Christian apologies (the first two to pop up in Google) include Christian Courier (https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/790-fig-tree-incident-a-contradiction-the) and Answers in Genesis (http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2012/07/17/contradictions-figuring-out). First mentioned in Genesis 3:7.The fig-tree is mentioned (Deuteronomy 8:8) as one of the valuable products of Palestine.It was a sign of peace and prosperity (1 Kings 4:25; Micah 4:4; Zechariah 3:10).Figs were used medicinally (2 Kings 20:7), and pressed together and formed into "cakes" as articles of diet (1 Samuel 30:12; Jeremiah 24:2). 15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. The author of Matthew uses multiple phrases to indicate a specific order of events, and the order of events in Matthew clearly contradicts the order of events in Mark. Coffman Commentaries on the Bible. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. To "sit under one's own vine and one's own fig tree" became a proverbial expression among the Jews to denote peace and prosperity. But, it cannot be both. ” If he knew “that figs come later in the season”[Answers in Genesis] then he would not need to “find out if it had any fruit”[bible]. ( Log Out /  The sequence of events on that Monday and Tuesday of the Lord’s “Passion Week,” before his crucifixion on Friday, was as follows. Not only is the contradiction clear and precise, but also I want to ask Why Jesus cursed the fig tree if he knew it was not fig season? ( Log Out /  In Matthew’s account, Jesus drove the moneychangers out of the temple, and then cursed the fig tree the next day. Yahweh and Elohim are both translated as god in the flood story; sub-headings are added to Matthew and Luke nativity stories to mask contradictions; etc). 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7.How long did he rule over Jerusalem? Christ made two trips tot he temple, and He cursed the fig tree on His second trip. The Bible clearly states that rabbits chew their cud, but simple observation seems to show this isn’t true. The problem of an alleged “contradiction” between Matthew and Mark, in this particular situation, lies in the fact that the Bible critic does not understand the perspective from which each of the Gospel writers approached the incidents. Problem: Matthew places the cursing of the fig tree after the cleansing of the temple. Cut it down. Theyalso say its to be seperate from the jews. 5-13 are topical; and chs. 23 “Truly[f] I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Matthew 21- 19And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came Read more… I included the New King James Version of Matthew 21, because it divides the fig tree story into “The Fig Tree Withered” and “The Lesson Of The Fig Tree Withered.”  Bible publishers do all kinds of things to make the bible echo the doctrines of the publishers, and they also do things to try to eliminate contradictions (i.e. Fig tree, green figs, and tender grapes have a good smell. Foster has clarified the matter.When the Jews traveled eastward, from Jerusalem to Bethany, they took a more winding route, facilitating an easier climb around the Mount of Olives.The westerly route, from Bethany to Jerusalem, however, was a steeper (downhill) and quicker passage.And so the return to Bethany on Monday evening almost certainly was by a different road (Foster, p. 1104). Jesus actually cursed the fig tree on His way to the temple as Mark said, but this does not mean that Matthew's account is mistaken. And one more claim of this verse is that if “if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.”  If any Christian apologist can cause Mount Everest to be thrown into the sea, I will stop this blog and concede that the bible is the inerrant word of god. But the bible say sass we are not to say or be seperate from thrm. 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