Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bible quote of the week: God hates figs

Bible quote of the week brings you the wit and wisdom of Bronze Age and Iron Age barbarians God's Word. This week:

Mark 11:12-14, 20 (NIV)
12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard him say it. ...20 In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots.
The moral of this story, of course, is that God hates figs.

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  1. Another moral of the story is that Jesus didn't understand agriculture.

    Why couldn't he have just made some figs appear? He could make loaves and fish appear and turn water into wine, so why not create figs?

  2. The part that always cracks me up is that it wasn't even fig season. Of course there were no figs, they weren't in season!

    I suppose it's understandable that Jesus wouldn't know that, since he was a carpenter, not a farmer. But it's kind of hilarious that he gets mad at the tree instead of at his own ignorance.


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