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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Trees: The Fig

The fig tree is pretty cool, but yet can be used to represent sin. Even the very first sin ever.

Then the eyes of both of them were opened...they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
Genesis 3:7

When Adam and Eve sinned, they wanted to cloth themselves, so they made there own clothing. They did things their own way. When Jesus walked on earth, he cursed a fig tree for not bearing fruit. God cursed Adam and Eve for sinned and later they let God do things his way, by killing a lamb to cover them.

That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley, will be like a fig ripe before harvest--as soon as someone sees it and takes it in his hand, he swallows it.
Isaiah 28:4

Figs are hard to see until they are ripe.
There is one ripe fig in this picture and many unripened figs. I circled some figs (I didn't circle them all) just so you can see how hard it is to find unripened figs.

He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored.
Proverbs 27:18

Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered. Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.
Mathew 21:19; 32

At the end, Jesus starts talking about his second coming and signs of the end ages. And when Jesus cursed the fig tree, figs weren't even in season. I think Jesus did this to start a conversation about when he would return.

and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.
Revelation 6:13

(These are not a fig trees, but a palm trees. Look at comments to figure out why they are here.)

The Acacia
The Cedar
The Palm
The Fig
The Olive


  1. Wow! Very insightful post! I agree with your thoughts on why Jesus cursed that fig tree. Jesus would not have cursed it out of anger, so he must have been trying to teach the Disciples something.

    How big are fig tree leaves? Just wondering because if they aren't that big, why wouldn't Adam and Eve run to a palm tree or something? Just curious. :P

    Great post!

  2. Fig trees can grow to be 23-33 feet. And at that height, and there leaves are 5-10 inches long and 4-7 inches across.
    While palm tree leaves grow to be 30 centimeters long and 2 centimeters wide.
    I posted a picture of a palm tree so you can see that Palm tree leaves are long and thin. Not very good for making clothing.
    Hope this helps!

  3. Oh wow, thanks. hehe...palm trees...I must have been thinking of a different tree. (blushes)

    Thanks for clearing that up. I guess if a fig tree was the nearest tree with decent sized leaves Adam and Eve would have grabbed at it for clothes. I am loving this series, its very insightful. :)

  4. The palm tree leaves look a lot bigger in a picture because the long and thin leaves are attached at the end and so, at a glance, their leaves can seem big. I posted a another picture of palm leaves. The palm leaves are smaller then they appear.

    One problem with these leaves is Eve would have to sow each leaf of the palm tree together and not just each stalk thing for the clothing to not have gaps in it, which is probably one reason that Adam and Eve didn't pick palm leaves.

    And like you mentioned, the fig tree might have been close by. I am sure there are bigger trees with bigger leaves, but when Adam and Eve's eyes were opened, they probably were in a hurry to clothe themselves.