When reading the bible, often I’ll be reminded of one lesson or story through the reading of another. I was in the book of genesis the other day and read what God said to Adam after Adam admitted to eating the forbidden fruit.
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Jesus was there with God and is God. The word. So Jesus experienced everything as God did in the beginning. Life must have been pretty good in the Garden, with plants that always produced fruit. Pretty easy livin’. Fast forward thousands of years, into the days of Jesus walking with us. There is a moment where Jesus was walking with his disciples. Hungry, he approaches a fig tree, but it has no fruit. I wonder if memories of Adam resurfaced during this moment for Jesus and/or God the Father. Often you can turn a bad experience into a great learning opportunities, and that is what Jesus does with this fig tree.
Mark 11:12-25 (NIV)
Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts
12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing 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. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.
20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!”
22 “Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23 “Truly 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. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 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.”