Barry Newman's Blog

February 6, 2013

The Parable of the Fig Tree (part II)

Filed under: Parables of Jesus,The Parable of the Fig Tree — barrynewman @ 9:41 am

The teaching of Jesus leading up to the parable

Matthew and Mark indicate that Jesus having left Jerusalem, while on the Mount of Olives, opposite the temple, began to instruct his disciples on a number of matters including the parable. Luke simply records that the instruction occurred after his disciples made reference to the beauty of the temple.

In each of the Gospels, the parable  is preceded by the prediction by Jesus of the destruction of the temple (Matt 24: 1 – 3; Mark 13: 1 – 4; Luke 21: 5 – 7), the coming of the Christ (Matthew 24: 4, 5; Mark 13: 5, 6; Luke 21: 8), world- wide catastrophes  before the end (Matthew 24: 6 – 8; Mark 13: 7, 8; Luke 21: 9 – 11), persecution for the disciples  (Matthew 24: 9 – 12; Mark 13: 9 – 13a; Luke 21: 12 – 17), enduring to the end (Mark 24: 13; Mark 13: 13b; Luke 21: 19) and desolation, “invasion” and the warning to flee (Matthew 24: 15; Mark 13: 14 – 20; Luke 21: 20 – 24).

Matthew tells of Jesus speaking of the gospel of the kingdom being preached throughout the world (Matthew 24: 14). Matthew and Mark tell of Jesus warning about false Christs and false prophets (Matthew 24: 23 – 25; Mark 13: 21 – 23).  Matthew writes of Jesus speaking of the coming of the Son of man being obvious (Matthew 24: 26 -28 – recorded also in Luke 17: 23, 24). And each of the Gospels recouns Jesus speaking of cosmic catastrophes and the coming of the Son of man (Matthew 24: 29 – 30; Mark 13: 24 – 26; Luke 21: 25 – 27). Just prior to the telling of the parable, Matthew and Mark tell of Jesus speaking of angels gathering God’s elect (Matthew 24: 31; Mark 13: 27) while Luke records Jesus stating that when “these things begin to take place … lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near.”

However we are to understand some of the elements of this teaching, fundamentally it amounts to dire warnings concerning Jerusalem and Judea, the foretelling of terrible trouble for disciples of Christ, and the forecasting of awesome world-wide events before the final coming of the Son of man and the final deliverance of God’s people.

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