In Matthew 21:19, Jesus cursed a fig tree. It withered.
This foreshadowed the withering Jesus was about to experience on the cross. He was a tree made to bear fruit (Psalm 1:1-3), yet He would bear the curse that we deserved and He did not (2 Corinthians 5:21).
As Paul said in Galatians 3:13, quoting Deuteronomy 21:23, everyone hung on a tree in Jewish culture was considered cursed of God.
Jesus was giving His disciples a way to understand what they were about to witness.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)