Curses a Fig Tree

On the way in on the second morning Jesus cursed the fig tree. The tree would come up again in further parables.

Mark (P)

12The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Mark 11:12 NIV

12ΒΆAnd on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: Mark 11:12 KJV

13And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. Mark 11:13-14 KJV

13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it. Mark 11:13-14 NIV

Day/Year Passion Replay

The surprising headline of the day was US President Barack Obama's announcement that he was ending a US plan to install European wide missile defense in the Czech Republic and Poland.

His stated reasons included cost and the changing threat from Iran. Europeans were generally astonished.


The leafy canopy of a tree is a match to the canopy envisioned by missile defense. This is a match.

The halting of the project is a match to the way Jesus halted the fig tree from producing fruit.

The public announcement, with the European response is a match to the comment that the disciples heard of what Jesus had done.