The whole concept had been that people of every nation or ethnic group should have been able – in the temple – to pray to the Lord of heaven and earth for all they lacked to be freely supplied.
And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and were seeking a way that they might destroy him, because they feared him, because all the crowd was astonished at his teaching.
Truth hurts. The religious leaders decided they must destroy the fruitlessness truth. It seems that the crowd were startled when truth was taught and stated.
And when it became late, they came out – outside of the city. And as they passed by early, they saw the fig tree dried up from its roots. And Peter having remembered, stated to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has dried up.”
The night falls within Jerusalem. Jesus was in Bethany with his disciples. The next morning, Act Two of the fig-tree ‘play’ takes place. It seems that the role of the Israelites as bearers of God’s truth is to be “dried up”, root and branch.
And Jesus, responding, stated to them, “Have faith in God!"
Jesus’ teaching is very simple. The fig-tree is forever fruitless. The Temple is forever for human profit-taking. Believe in, pray to, trust, the living God.
"Truly, I state to you that whoever may say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and may not doubt in his heart, but may believe that what he speaks will be done, it will be - for him. By reason of this very thing, I state to you, all these very things you pray for and you ask, believe that you receive and it will be – for you."