On This, I Just Don’t Understand

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Deuteronomy 4-6; Mark 11:1-18


12 The next day, after leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 From far away, he noticed a fig tree in leaf, so he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing except leaves, since it wasn’t the season for figs. 14 So he said to it, “No one will ever again eat your fruit!” His disciples heard this (Mark 11:12-14, Common English Bible).

It is not uncommon for us to go through life without understanding some of the things people do and say. Sometimes I don’t even understand some of the things I do or say. We see people do things that don’t make good sense. For example, why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? If the airplane was about to crash, I get it. Besides, then the airplane isn’t perfectly good. I don’t understand the great obsession with tattoos these days. I am not trying to be critical, I just don’t understand it. From what I understand, they are expensive and painful. Plus, if you decide you don’t like it, getting rid of them can be even worse.

In college, I had a professor for two different classes (he was the only person who taught either and they were both required classes). He was one of the most foul-mouthed people I have ever known. Most of the time it wasn’t necessary and I think he did it because he could. I actually tracked the number of cuss words he used in a class and then calculated the average. I don’t remember the number now. All this happened 25 years ago but it was in excess of twenty per class period. I don’t understand the need for using foul language, at least not that much.

No, I don’t understand many of the things people say and do. I do, however, expect, when I pick up my Bible and start reading to understand the things Jesus says and does. I know the stories. I am reading the book. I really should understand. As I said a few days ago, God didn’t make it that hard. I understand why the disciples, as well as the Pharisees and Sadducees, might not understand the things Jesus said and did. They didn’t have the benefit of access to the whole story.

I do. I should understand. Plus, in other places of Scripture, Jesus explains the parables (a parable just precedes our lesson) but he doesn’t do so here.

In the lesson, Jesus goes to a fig tree in an effort to find a snack. Finding no fruit, he cursed the tree and declared it would bear no more fruit. To me, at least, that seems pretty harsh for fruit that isn’t even in season.

I don’t know, but could it be that Jesus was saying we are to share our faith and bear fruit regardless of the season. Disciple-making is an ongoing project. And, if we are going to bear fruit, it must not be fruit just for the world. It must be fruit that benefits our communities and the world.

Like I said, I don’t understand. But those are my thoughts. I would love to hear what you think.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

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