Famine In The Land

Our Bible text shows that Jesus - God The Son - had a physical need.  He was hungry.  We sometimes forget that God The Son was both fully God and fully man and experienced all the needs that you and I experience.  

[12] On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. [13] And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. [14] And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it. (Mark 11:12-14 ESV)

So, when you are physically hungry and go to the fridge, how do you feel when you find it empty?  Frustrated?  Disappointed?  What do you do about it?  Go to the store?  

Jesus could have miraculously made the tree produce fruit and he could have looked around for bread/fish to multiply.  He didn’t.  Why?  Because this text was not primarily about physical hunger.  It was about spiritual hunger.  The tree was a symbol of a people who had become spiritually barren yet they still looked like they could be fruitful on the outside.  This was dangerous because others would come looking for spiritual nourishment only to be famished.  

This makes me think about where I go for spiritual nourishment…and am I finding it?  What about you?  If we search in any other area than God’s Word (or brothers & sisters in Christ that are nourished by God’s Word) then we may find a pretty tree but no satisfying fruit!

[16] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, [17] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)