A fruitless fig tree was an Old Testament symbol of God’s judgment on Israel’s idolatry and corruption. For example:
“‘I will take away their harvest,Jeremiah 8:13
declares the Lord.
There will be no grapes on the vine.
There will be no figs on the tree,
and their leaves will wither.
What I have given them
will be taken from them.’”
So, the episode with the cursed fig tree is a living parable Jesus is acting out in front of the disciples. He is showing them the consequences for the hard-heartedness of the religious leaders.
Can prayer really cause a mountain to be thrown into the sea? I don’t really know.
What I do know is that prayer changes things.
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