Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fig Trees

Did anyone else have a hmmm moment in this morning's reading from Micah 4? I was thinking of this:

Everyone will sit under their own vine
and under their own fig-tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
for the Lord Almighty has spoken

For the prophet, writing several centuries before Christ, anticipates a future where one picture of God being with his people is the ability to relax. A kip in the garden under the shade of your own fig tree is a taste of paradise.

Does that make Jesus' cursing of a fig-tree, for no apparent reason, in Mark 11, more or less dramatic? What was once only a matter of when, not how, it would happen is now put in doubt. There may be no shade for those who thought themselves protected after all.

Playing with these thoughts.

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