A Discussion of Values Based on Verses of Mark
Verses 12 through 19 of the 11th chapter of Mark tell two short stores; one of Jesus
cursing a fig tree and the other of Jesus clearing out the temple. These two stories give
insight as to the values and priorities held by Jesus.
The first story to be examined is the cursing of the fig tree. As Jesus and His disciples
were leaving Bethany, it is told that Jesus became hungry. He found a fig tree but
discovered it was barren. Jesus then curses the tree, saying, “May no one eve eat fruit
from you again.” Despite the brevity of the story, it gives insight to Jesus’ character.
Based on the scripture, it would seem that Jesus became frustrated or upset with the lack
of fruit on the tree. His curse shows a bit more of His human side; frustration that
turns into anger. It appears that Mark makes an attempt to show that it is
uncharacteristic of Jesus to become mad at such a seemingly trivial thing by mentioning,
“…his disciples heard him say it.” This story appears to simply prove that Jesus is
actually human. Later in the chapter, though, Jesus refers back to the fig tree, and uses
its example to teach His disciples a lesson on faith. Jesus more than likely planned this
when He first cursed the tree.