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Matthew 21:18-27
Jesus is human (he is hungry). But he is also God - and as he approaches a fig tree, in leaf, expecting a fig, he finds fruitlessness - the fig tree is not being what a fig tree should be. And the statement by Jesus expresses his divinity.

Cursing the fig tree for its barren nature, Jesus reveals his divine authority as the king, who judges. Touching on Old Testament imagery that describes God's people as a fig tree, and their lack of fruit as a dried up fig tree, Jesus performs a miracle of judgement - and it reflects on what he has seen and experienced in Jerusalem the day before.

God has ridden in on a donkey - a man who is God - and, as king, he has pronounced judgement on his own people - they are independent of God, and they are unfruitful. They are not dependent upon God, and they are unfruitful. They are half-hearted in their obedience to God, self-interested in their relationship with God, and they are unfruitful.

Father, help me to hear your warning in this miracle of judgement. Amen.
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