Why Did Jesus Curse a Fig Tree (Mark 11:12-14)?

Bible Questions & Answers

Outward appearance does not count with God. Instead, what really counts is whether or not one produces godly fruit in his or her life.


The Cursed Tree

'Ready Answer' by Dan Elmore

Jesus' cursing of the fig tree has puzzled and even disturbed Bible readers for centuries, as it just does not seem to be something our Savior would do.


Eden, The Garden, and The Two Trees (Part Three)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus' crucifixion took place outside the camp of Israel, just outside the border of the Garden of Eden, the general area where the Miphkad Altar stood.


All Leaves, No Fruit

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

Jesus cursed the fig tree because it lacked fruit and produced only leaves. It symbolized pharisaical hypocrisy, where works and talk are not in alignment.


Matthew (Part Twenty-Seven)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem fulfilled prophecies. The crowds welcoming Jesus were actually choosing the Paschal Lamb of God on Abib/Nisan 10.


A House Left Desolate

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

God is a God of mercy, but He has a stiff core of justice which will not be placated unless we repent. To whom much has been given, much will be required.


Don't Stand Still!

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The best way to conquer evil is to do righteousness, serving God and mankind. Sins of omission are every bit as devastating as sins of commission.


Four Views of Christ (Part 5)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Luke's gospel portrays Christ as the son of man, the high priest of man, and the savior of man, having all the feelings, compassions, and aspirations of man.


The Book of Joel (Part One)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the devastating locust plagues described in Joel, marvels that the prophet, instead of promising a silver lining on a very black cloud, affirmed that things were going to get intensely worse before they got better. Nevertheless, Joel, whose name means Yahve is God, in the middle of his prophecy, …


Who Are the Firstfruits?

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

We may take it for granted that 'firstfruits' are synonymous with 'Christians.'" However, 'firstfruits' is very general, referring to surprising things.


Warning in the Wind

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

Richard Ritenbaugh focuses on the violent weather this spring with over 1,415 tornadoes and 530 deaths (518 of the deaths occurred in the United States). This year alone had more deaths than the 564 that occurred over the last decade as a result of 948 tornadoes. The vortex of the Joplin tornado measured ¾ of a mile, with …


Feast of Tabernacles Basics

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The basics of the Feast of Tabernacles consist of a harvest image, depicting a massive number of people coming to the truth. The journey depicts a time of judgment.