Academy theatre Los Angeles 1940 (see the thing, it ‘goes round’)

What is God’s curse?

See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curseDEUTERONOMY 11:26

What is God’s curse? It is not a magician’s spell.  To understand it, we must remember the confidence of the covenant between God and Israel.  Both parties had agreed to the terms.  The blessings would benefit Israel if they kept their part of the covenant: They would receive the land, live there for ever, have fruitful crops, and expel their enemies.  The curse would fall on Israel only if they broke their agreement; then they would forfeit God’ blessing and would be in danger of crop failure, invasion, and expulsion from their land.  Joshua later reviewed these blessings and curses with the entire nation (Joshua 8:34).


Why did Jesus curse the fig tree:

Seeing a fig-tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!”  Immediately the tree withered.  –  MATTHEW 21:19

Why did Jesus curse the fig tree? This was not a thoughtless, angry act, but an acted-out parable.  Jesus was showing his anger at religion without substance.  Just as the fig tree looked good from a distance but was fruitless on close examination, so the temple looked impressive at first glance, but its sacrifices and other activities were hollow because they were not done to worship God sincerely (see 21:43).  If you only appear to have faith without putting it to work in your life, you are like the fig tree that withered and died because it bore no fruit.  Genuine faith means bearing fruit for God’s kingdom.  For more information about the fig tree, see the note on Mark 11:13-26.


©Kingsway International Church 1973.


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