Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Curse of the Fig Tree

“Early in the morning, as he was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked. Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.".” …. Matthew 21: 18-22

This is one of the difficult passages to explain in the Bible. A number of questions come to our mind.
Joseph Chilton Pearce, the Neuro-cardiologist and author of books like “Biology of Transcendence” says “it’s interesting that, Jesus never, he never cursed either the Pharisee or the phonies on the one hand nor did he curse the Roman soldiers on the other. He cursed the barren fig tree. What does this mean? All he asks is that you take your life force and you give it to the life force.” Bearing fruit means living to one’s full created potential.

The Pharisees were doing what they are supposed to do namely; uphold the Laws of Moses to the letter as they were taught. Though they could not elevate themselves beyond literal interpretation they were giving their life force to the assigned role. The Roman soldiers and Governor were doing their job of imposing the rule of Rome in the territories they had conquered. The fig tree symbolises every created consciousness. But the fig tree, according to the Jewish Encyclopaedia a symbol of the coming of the Messiah, was created to bear fruit so that it could seed a veritable growth of divine consciousness. Once it had failed to comply with it ordained destiny, its existence is meaningless. This is the reason that Jesus imposes a curse on the fig tree.

The conversation that follows with the apostles is of great importance. Every human being has a dual purpose in his creation. The first is the evolution in the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual domain towards a higher potentiality (human role). The second is the altruistic role of an empowering agent of change of humanity towards a higher level of consciousness (divine role of drawing all creation to the Godhead). Jesus’ curse and making the fig tree wither demonstrates the operation of the second role of weeding out non messianic elements from creation. This is the role of every true apostle. We have the responsibility of what John the Baptist did in preparation for Jesus ministry.
“It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"-- "a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'” …… Mark 1: 2-3

Every negative element in our lives, the fruitless trees and the mountains of impediment in our spiritual progress, can be rooted out if we have deep faith in our ‘creation assigned’ messianic role and if we constantly intercede, through inner awareness, to the spirit that dwells in us all.

Love to you all


  1. Having listened to the Bible right from my childhood,I too had felt that the curse was not alligning with the character of Jesus. Today's blog has thrown a new light upon it

    similarly I'm not able to understand the scene at Calvary, where someone would pierce him and see blood and water coming out.I had not been able to find out the significanae of this..

  2. But Jesus condemns the pharisee who prays in the temple;he is raising his hands he trumpets all the good deeds he had done and Jesus tells us that the poor woman who has given the last penny in her possession to the temple is closer to God.
    When Jesus went to the tax payer's place to share the food he tried to give the pharisees a lesson in humaneness.

  3. Thanks Christy. Many have come back to me on email and in person to say how relieved they are to find a more fitting commentary on this passage in the Bible. I will also, in the near future, will provide my view of the particular incidence in Calavary. Have you read my article in the website "From Gethsemane to Golgotha - A Journey of Spitiual Ascendency"?

    There is a defenitive difference between a curse and condemnation. Jesus repeatedly talked about the hypocracy & shallowness of understanding of the Pharasees and reprimanded them. But he never cursed them.