by Jerry Watts

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A Sober Warning (50 of 70)
Mark - God's Message For Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 11:12-14, 20-21

As I read this text I am reminded once again of why I love to preach through books the Bible and why I believe God leads me to preach through books of the Bible. It is because messages like this get overlooked if you just preach on subjects. In this message today is a needed message for us in America. Let's review the story and be reminded of the facts that are in front of us.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem on the little donkey, he went and checked out the temple, He then went probably to Bethany to spend the night, and on Monday he came back into town being hungry. He saw the fig tree in the distance and the fig tree had leaves on it, which said to those who observed, "I have fruit." When Jesus went up to the fig tree, looking for fruit, He could find none. From a human perspective Jesus was already disturbed about what was going the temple and now to see this fig tree appearing to be one thing and in fact was something else, Jesus pronounced a curse on the tree right then and there. This was on Monday. It was the Monday that Jesus cleansed the temple. After cleansing the temple and teaching the people Jesus once again return to Bethany for the night. Now the day is Tuesday as he arrives back in Jerusalem. It's obvious that the fig tree was on the path between Bethany and Jerusalem because Peter just happened to see that the fig tree Jesus had cursed had now withered and died.

Today let's take a look at that fig tree on Monday (pic). It appears to be healthy, prosperous, growing, and producing fruit - but it's not fulfilling its mission/purpose/vision as given by its creator. On Monday, the tree looks like this andJesus pronounced the curse. On Tuesday, the tree looks something like this. (Picture on the screen) This story offers us 4 sober warnings.

1. A practical warning- I love the practical. The practical part is that which you can put your hands on, feel, ...

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