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TEXT : “And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” - Mark 11:20-22.

COMMENT: While returning to Jerusalem from the small village of Bethany (now called Lazarieh) which is two miles from the city, Jesus Christ was hungry.  When he came to a fig tree and found no fruit thereon but leaves only, he said unto it “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.” It was not until the following day that the apostles realised that the words of Jesus Christ took immediate effect as the tree had dried up “from the roots”.  This incident is not a precedent for anyone whenever it suits his fancy, to curse or invoke woes on anything, whether a tree or a person: rather this was allowed by God to teach us the very important practical lesson of the power of faith in the life of a true worshipper of God. Faith, which is the evidence of things not seen, gives practical expression to the fact that with God nothing is impossible. (Hebrew 11:1-6; Jeremiah 32:27,17)    Our Lord Jesus Christ also said: “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he said.” - Mark 11:23,24.  See also Matthew 21:21,22.

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