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Fruitless Temple

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The cursing of the barren fig tree symbolized the coming destruction of the Temple and the fruitlessness of Israel - Mark 11:12-26 .  The  Gospel of Mark  divides the story of the barren fig tree into two sections, placing the “cleansing” of the Temple between them, and thus, the two events are inextricably linked.  The fruitlessness of the fig tree and its subsequent cursing highlighted the spiritual state and destiny of the Temple, and Christ’s actions foreshadowed its destruction [ Photo by Uwe Conrad on Unsplash ].

Your House is Desolate

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When he left the Temple for the last time, Jesus pronounced its coming desolation to his opponents .  Before his final departure from the Temple, Jesus fielded challenges from the “ scribes and Pharisees ,” the main Jewish sects of his time. These amounted to confrontations that helped set the stage for his arrest and trial and his execution at the hands of the Romans. As he left the building for the final time, he pronounced its impending judgment - [ Photo by Dan Meyers on Unsplash ].