Main point summary
While the initial withering of the fig tree taught about the topic of fruit in the Christian life, Mark’s second mention of the fig tree teaches us that Jesus’ followers must ‘Have Faith in God’. This faith leads us to 1) ask with full belief in our prayers, which leads to God doing what we ask and 2) to forgive those who have wronged us, which leads to God choosing to forgive us.
i As they passed by in the morning,
In the morning, Jesus and his disciples went by an area
they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots.
Leading them to see a withered fig tree.
And Peter remembered
Peter remembered what tree this was
and said to him, j “Rabbi, look!
So he exclaimed to Jesus
The fig tree that you cursed
That the fig tree Jesus cursed
Did indeed wither.
And Jesus answered them, “Have k faith in God.
Jesus heard this as a question or a teachable moment, so he told his disciples to Have Faith in God.
l Truly, I say to you,
This is true and important:
whoever says to this mountain, m ‘Be taken up
If you tell a mountain to come up from the ground
and thrown into the sea,’
And go into the sea
and does not n doubt in his heart,
And you do not doubt this will happen
but o believes that what he says will come to pass,
But instead believe that what you said will indeed happen,
it will be done for him.
then God will do it for you!
Therefore I tell you,
Because of this, know that
p whatever you ask in prayer,
When you ask for something in prayer
o believe that you q have received 1 it,
You should ask believing that your request has been granted,
and it will be yours.
Then it will be.
And whenever r you stand praying,
In addition, when you pray
s forgive, t if you have anything against anyone,
Be sure to forgive anyone you have not forgiven,
so that u your Father also who is in heaven
In order that God in Heaven,
may forgive you your trespasses.” 1
Will choose to forgive your trespasses.