In our text, Jesus seems to be acting out of character as he curses a fig tree, which bears no fruit. We need to understand this in context as Jesus gives us a living parable about the danger of hypocrisy. Jesus does this during the time he brings a symbolic judgment on the temple and the abuses in worship. He uses this opportunity as a teaching moment. The text is Matthew 21:18-22.
We will consider these two points:
1. A living parable of judgment.
2. A lesson on faith for Jesus’ disciples and us.