Jesus enacts a living parable with the fig tree on his way to and from Jerusalem that last week of his life. Why? The fig tree represents Israel (see Jeremiah 8:13, e.g.), and Jesus is telling the disciples that the religious establishment in Israel is totally corrupt and will be overthrown,”from the roots” (Mark 11:20).
In AD 70, the Romans destroyed the Temple and razed it to the ground.
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