Thousands of years after the events in the Garden of Eden, as recorded in Mark 11, Jesus encounters a fig tree, a symbol of God’s people. Jesus was hungry and desired fruit, but all he found was leaves, because “it was not the season for figs” (fruit). So we see something very interesting. Jesus found the fig tree (God’s people) entirely covered in fig leaves, the very same thing Adam and Eve made to cover their loins with after their eyes were opened by the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and they realized their own nakedness.
The meaning of this story is that Israel, and now the Church have not produced fruit (established the Kingdom of God on earth), but instead have chosen to cover themselves in “leaves.” Fig leaves represent the myriad of ways God’s people use to try to dress up self to be presentable to God – an impossible task. Fig leaves are manifested among God’s people today as self-improvement programs or means, behavior management, self-examination, determination, motivation, etc. Fig leaves remain the covering of choice since the garden, because since that time mankind’s natural state is to have the carnal, soulish eyes opened, causing God’s people to have a perception of self-awareness and fear. This is utterly destructive to the spiritual life. The first thing God says to Adam after he ate was: “who told you that you were naked?” In other words, who caused you to see yourself? This was God’s primary concern, and in the right season, he sent His son to undo this.
I do believe the current season of leaves is ending, and I see signs of this. A remnant of God’s called people are beginning to see how completely pathetic and unnecessary “fig leaves” are now that Christ himself has been offered as their covering (Galatians 3:27, Ephesians 4:24, John 15:4). Christ’s covering enables a restoration of innocence (unawareness of sin or self) and spiritual perception. Law, rules and regulations meant to control the flesh were never satisfactory to God and never intended to remain. Freedom from the mind of flesh (carnality) is increasingly becoming a reality for more and more of God’s children.
When Jesus cursed the tree, what he actually said was “no one during this age will eat fruit from you again.” He was speaking to Israel and the Church, both. He was saying that until the season of leaves ended, leaves were all that could be produced by God’s people. The Bible says that in “the fullness of time” (the proper season), Jesus successfully came to regain the spiritual sight that Adam lost, and then some. The body of Christ on Earth is going to do the same, worldwide. The result will be as far beyond what we know of as Church or Christianity as Jesus’ life and ministry was beyond that of the Scribes and Pharisees. There will be no comparison, but many will reject it, just as many rejected Jesus in his day. I believe our call right now is to seek the Kingdom of God, His will being done on earth. Seek it daily. Ask the Father to give you spiritual sight, and be willing to abandon everything you’ve known for that. Cry out and seek this diligently and desperately, just as Jesus taught us to do in his parables. For the remainder of this season, it will be a struggle to enter the Kingdom. But it’s worth it.
I’m with you in this struggle and walk, friends. May true peace, the peace of the Spirit, be upon you.