This passed Monday is a day that some Christians celebrate Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree. Here’s Jason Miller’s thoughts on that from his Newsletter, sent out earlier this week. Sorry for our tardiness — it’s been that kinda month.
The Cursing of the Fig Tree
Matthew 21:18-22 King James Version:
“18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered.19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Whats going on here? Why is Jesus cursing a fucking tree? What did the tree ever do him? Does he just hate figs?
He is cursing the tree because it is beyond repair. It is better to expedite its demise and get on with something new than it is to pin your hopes for fruitfulness to something that can no longer bear fruit. In the book of Mark he makes it clear that this is a demonstration of what will happen to Jerusalem with a generation, there are moneychangers in the temple (which Jesus kicks out a few verses later) but its too late. The scenario is beyond repair. t I chose the verse from Matthew instead of Mark though. because his cursing is followed by an injunction on wielding power. In these verses he makes it clear that we have the power to decide for ourselves and act. I seem to spend some time every week talking to Sorcerers that are looking to off-load their decisions (and the responsibility for what foloows) to anyone other than themselves. People would rather shift it to the Gods, the Spirits, the Loa, the Tarot, the Runes, to decide.
If your Sorcery isn’t an aid to your ability to grab a hold of your life and exercise influence over it in accordance with YOUR discernment, than its not worth anything. You may be wrong. You may make things worse. You may make them better. Most of the time you make it better for some and worse for others: and THAT’S what seems to scare people the most. That most decisions in life are choices between imperfect options and you have blood on your hands no matter what you do.
Figure out where in your world you have been throwing good money, magic, and effort after bad. The things that you KNOW are not going to yield fruit anymore. Curse them. Move on.
And please, rather than avoid it take as much responsibility as you possibly can.
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