Jesus was not looking for figs. The answer is found in the OT metaphor.
“10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.” (Hos. 9:10, KJV)
Israel was compared in ...
The answer is found in the OT metaphor.
"“10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.” (Hos. 9:10, KJV)
Israel was compared in the first part to grapes, ...
It is correct that we are not told directly what this incident in Mark is all about. There are numerous hermeneutical interpretations, so this is one interpretation for consideration ....
It’s not just about the fruit. The leaves are important. As is the ‘type’ of tree. Let’s look at these three aspects.
In Judaism; the fig tree is a metaphor for the tree of ...
Do babies go to heaven when they die?
In short, the answer is "NO"
Luke 12:31-33 NASB
31 But seek His kingdom, and these things will be [b]provided to you.
32 Do not be afraid, little flock, because your Father has chosen to
give you the kingdom. 33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity;
make yourselves money belts that do not wear out, an ...
Why did Jesus curse the fig tree when it wasn't the right season for figs?
To show that faith can be unreasonable.
Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, 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.
He wanted to make a point to the disciples about their faith. If they believed correctly, then they would do the same.
Jesus said to them, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, if someone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. For ...
Jesus says that children go to heaven in Matthew 18:1-14.
It is important to note that the kingdom of heaven, is heaven.
The kingdom of God, is anywhere that God's will is done (Matthew 12:22-28 & Matthew 6:10)
In Matt 19:14, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:16, Jesus is not discussing, nor does He even have in mind anything about what happens to the dead, especially dead children.
Rather, Jesus is discussing at least three imperatives:
The kingdom of heaven belongs to children by inheritance, and -
adults who who wish to become citizens of the kingdom of heaven must have the ...
It's worth noting that Jesus is not necessarily rebuking the disciples. On its own the question "Don't you understand this parable?" is neutral and ambiguous. Maybe Jesus is telling them off; maybe he's feeling disappointment or surprise that they don't understand; or maybe he's just making sure he understands their response. These are all possible ...
The Apostle Paul summarizes this best when he says in 2 Cor 6:14, 15, 16 -
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement can ...
You have some quotes from Genesis chapter 2. But if you go back one more chapter, you have a ‘key’ aspect of your answer....
GEN 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
So they (male and female) were already ‘spiritually’ one. Genesis chapter 2 talks about man (male and female) receiving ...
Matthew 12:31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
will be forgiven
Paul claims physical marriage is not intended by God in [Romans 8:6-8].
Paul makes no such claim.
New International Version
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
We have a flesh body. That's ...
The blasphemy which Jesus speaks of is to attribute the work and influence of the Holy Spirit to the Entity called Diabolos ('Devil' in some translations').
When Jesus spoke of this blasphemy it was in the context of those who did so when the Holy Spirit operated in conjunction with himself.
There is nothing in Jesus' words to suggest that if he, himself, is ...
About the saying
A commentary I consulted mentioned how St. Augustine confessed that interpreting the saying of how blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven "may be the most difficult and most important question in the Bible.⁸⁷".
The commentary then prefaced the history of interpretation of this passage by noting:
There are questions on ...
If we do not infer modern secular cosmology onto the text then yes the moon is a light and not a rock. The sun likewise is a light and not a gaseous star.
“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the ...
When Jesus spoke those words, he had been on the cross for several hours. There were blood loss, muscle strain, and difficulty in breathing. Articulation was compromised.
The Markan word for "my god", Ἐλωΐ, definitely corresponds to the Aramaic form אלהי, elāhī. The Matthean one, Ἠλί, fits in better ...
In γένος all demons, their entire universe is implied, as the traditional interpretation has it. For instance, if I see a tennis player blaming everybody and everything except for himself for having lost a match, I can say: "This tribe always finds fault in others, not in themselves", I will mean in "this tribe" all tennis players without ...
Allow me to make one additional thought here. Some give great weight to the fact that many church fathers declared Matthew to be the first Gospel written. To many this makes impossible Markan priority.
I submit that Mark may still in a sense be much of the source of Matthew and Luke, even if Matthew and Luke were written first.
Let us assume ...
An insight, some background, and a bit of supposition might bring some perspective in answer to this question.
And to simplify things, I'll focus on the Mark account.
The insight comes when we ask where prayer showed up in the expulsion of the demon. Jesus said that kind of demon can't come out but by prayer. Jesus then cast out the demon. So who prayed?
Fervent prayer can build up faith. Fasting is a form of self-denial, training in self-discipline and righteousness.
Ninevites showed their repentance by national fasting. Fasting provides a favorable condition for faith to develop.
The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
In the parable of the widow and the unjust judge Jesus teaches us to “pray always and not to lose heart (Lk 18:1-8). The question then is not when do we need to pray, but whether there is ever a time or situation that doesn’t call for our prayers. Like the unrelenting widow or the friend who knocks again and again on your door at midnight (Lk 11:5-8), we are ...
Simple answer - they don’t. Jesus did not say that the reason these disciples could not cast this demon out was because they didn’t have faith but rather because they had unbelief. Demons are not driven out via prayer and fasting
This story recorded in Matthew and Mark has been traditionally misinterpreted namely to ‘fit personal doctrine/theology’. Let’s ...
Mark 3:28-30 says this -
28 Truly I tell you, the sons of men will be forgiven all sins and blasphemies, as many as they utter. 29 But whoever blasphemes
against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of
30 Jesus made this statement because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Notice that it is not Mark saying that ...