111 Jesus curses a fig tree.

Psalm 8:2; Matthew 21:14–22; Mark 11:12–14, 19–26

Was there ever a time when Jesus didn’t heal someone (Matthew 21:14)? Why or why not?

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Why was crying, “Hail to the Son of David,” so offensive to the chief priests (Matthew 21:15)?

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How did “infants and children” recognize truth that religious leaders had missed (Matthew 21:16)?

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Where in Bethany might Jesus have spent the night (Matthew 21:17)?

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Why did the fig tree die after Jesus spoke to it (Matthew 21:18–19)?

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What did faith have to do with the withering of the fig tree (Matthew 21:20–22)?

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What will believing accomplish when it’s contrary to what God wants to do (Matthew 21:22)?

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How important is it to forgive those who offend us (Mark 11:25–26)? How should that affect our prayer?

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When the blind and lame came to the Temple, Jesus healed them. The chief priests and teachers of the Law were very upset when they saw the wondrous miracles and heard the children shouting, “Hail to the Son of David.” They said to Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”

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Matthew 21:14–16 When the blind and lame came to the Temple, Jesus healed them. The chief priests and teachers of the Law were very upset when they saw the wondrous miracles and heard the children shouting, “Hail to the Son of David.” They said to Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes, I do,” Jesus said. “Haven’t you read the scriptures? From the mouths of infants and children, you have raised up a strong voice to refute your enemies, silencing the adverse words of all who oppose you.”
King James

Matthew 21:14–16 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

“Yes, I do,” Jesus said. “Haven’t you read the scriptures? From the mouths of infants and children, you have raised up a strong voice to refute your enemies, silencing the adverse words of all who oppose you.

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Psalm 8:2 From the mouths of infants and children, you have raised up a strong voice to refute your enemies, silencing the adverse words of all who oppose you.
Matthew 21:16 They said to Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes, I do,” Jesus said. “Haven’t you read the scriptures? From the mouths of infants and children, you have raised up a strong voice to refute your enemies, silencing the adverse words of all who oppose you.
King James

Psalm 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

He left the city and spent the night in Bethany.

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Matthew 21:17 He left the city and spent the night in Bethany.
King James

Matthew 21:17 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

On his way from Bethany to Jerusalem the next morning, he was hungry. After seeing a fig tree in the distance, covered with leaves, he went to pick its fruit. On arrival, he found nothing but leaves, because it was too early in the season. “Let no fruit grow on you,” he said to the tree. “Never will a man eat of your fruit.”

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Matthew 21:18–19 On his way to Jerusalem the next morning, he was hungry and walked over to a fig tree beside the road, but found no fruit, only leaves. “Let no fruit grow on you,” he said to the tree. Before long, it withered.
Mark 11:12–14 On his way from Bethany to Jerusalem the next morning, Jesus was hungry. After seeing a fig tree in the distance, covered with leaves, he went to pick its fruit. On arrival, he found nothing but leaves, because it was too early in the season. “Never will a man eat of your fruit.” The disciples heard what he said.
King James

Matthew 21:18–19 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 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. And presently the fig tree withered away.
Mark 11:12–14 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: And 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. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

The disciples heard what he said.

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Mark 11:14 “Never will a man eat of your fruit.” The disciples heard what he said.
King James

Mark 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

That evening, Jesus and the disciples left the city, and they returned the following morning. As they walked along the road, the disciples noticed the fig tree, dried up from the roots.

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Matthew 21:19 and walked over to a fig tree beside the road, but found no fruit, only leaves. “Let no fruit grow on you,” he said to the tree. Before long, it withered.
Mark 11:19–20 That evening, Jesus and the disciples left the city, and they returned the following morning. As they walked along the road, the disciples noticed the fig tree, dried up from the roots.
King James

Matthew 21:19 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. And presently the fig tree withered away.
Mark 11:19–20 And when even was come, he went out of the city. And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

Peter remembered what Jesus had said. “Teacher, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered away.”

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Mark 11:21 Peter remembered what Jesus had said. “Teacher, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered away.”
King James

Mark 11:21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

The disciples were amazed. “Why did the tree suddenly die?”

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Matthew 21:20 The disciples were amazed. “Why did the tree suddenly die?”
King James

Matthew 21:20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!

“Know this for certain. If you have unwavering faith, you will not only do things like this, but you will say to this mountain, ‘Rise and be thrown into the sea,’ and it will obey. When faith connects your prayer with what God wants to do, you will see it happen. Under those conditions, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, is as good as done.

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Matthew 21:21–22 “Know this for certain. If you have unwavering faith, you will not only do things like this, but you will say to this mountain, ‘Rise and be thrown into the sea,’ and it will obey. When faith connects your prayer with what God wants to do, you will see it happen.”
Mark 11:22–24 “If you have unwavering faith in God for what he wants to do, you can be sure that whoever says to this mountain, ‘Rise and be thrown into the sea,’ will see it happen. Under those conditions, whatever you ask in prayer, believing, is as good as done.
King James

Matthew 21:21–22 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Mark 11:22–24 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.1 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

“Whenever you are praying, forgive others for their offenses so your heavenly Father will forgive you. If you do not forgive, your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins.”

Eyewitness

Mark 11:25–26 “Whenever you are praying, forgive others for their offenses so your heavenly Father will forgive you. If you do not forgive, your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins.”
King James

Mark 11:25–26 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.