This weeks text explores the theme of Israel’s spiritual hypocrisy through Jesus’ cursing of a fig tree and a challenge to His authority in the temple brought by the chief priests and elders. The truths we see in the text point to a powerful spiritual reality for all of us.
God and His holiness are incompatible with any sort of impurity and in this weeks text we explore both the purpose of purity, its source and our desperate need for it.
Jesus knew we would face challenges as we strive to entrust our lives to Him and live as faithful disciples. Having already addressed anger, lust, deceit, vengeance, hypocrisy, and greed, this week we see Jesus working even deeper into our hearts as He calls us to trust him with even our most basic physical needs.