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  • That story's in line with the one (from some "gospel" that didn't make the final cut) about how a playmate bumped him so he cursed the boy dead.
  • The fact that he can kill it by speaking doesn't prove anything then? Remember, this is a tree we are talking about, not a person, before you start crying foul. Do you think he might have done it to illustrate a point? Do you think that maybe it might have been about something other than a fig tree?
  • I believe it was a lesson in faith. The text you refer to can be found in Mark 11. When Peter remarked to Jesus about the fig tree that died because Jesus cursed it, Jesus responded to have faith in God. God makes it clear that the Christian is to produce good fruit in their life. John 15:8 "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples." By earthly standards this can't always be done, by heavenly empowerment it is always expected in season and out of season. Jesus is interested in fruit in your life, and only by faith can this be done. Jesus has the power and condemn but also to save. He has the right to demand and expect good fruit in our lives always. John 15:5 "I (Jesus) am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."
  • It's a metahpor: a deliberately symbolic act; a living, performance art, parable.
  • If it was growing figs out of season, then it be a whole crop of same by now. Entire groves of them. We'd be unable to tell if it was truly miraculous. And I'd very much doubt that humans in the last 2,000 years would have left it unmolested.

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