What Did Jesus Tell Believers to Speak To?
In Matthew 21:19-21 and Mark 11:13-14; 20-23, we are given the details of Jesus' interaction with a fig tree. Jesus was anticipating fruit from this fig tree but there was no fruit. The fig tree is usually a vital fruit tree for humans. This fig tree should have been fruitful but it was not.
In Matthew 21:19, Jesus said to the fig tree, "Let no fruit grow on you ever again. Immediately the fig tree withered away". Jesus spoke to the fig tree to dry up and not to use valuable resources any longer.
A fig tree would be any living thing that is non-fruitful and nonproductive in your life. A fig tree will be using up necessary resources in your life but producing nothing.
Cancer is a good example of this concepts. Cancer starts as a group of cell that are not under the control of the body. The cancer cells consume necessary resources and produce nothing of benefit to the body. The cells continue to evolve till they are tumors [mountains] that will impede or stop the body from functioning.
Cancer could be an example of a fig tree. Cancer develops, when cells in a part of the body begin to grow out of control. Cancer is also defined as, "any malignant growth or tumor caused by abnormal and uncontrolled cell division". The cells in your body are good and necessary things. But cancer cells grow out of control and consume necessary resources of the body. The cancer cells will destroy the body. Jesus says that a believer should speak to these conditions or situations.
Jesus connects fig trees with mountains in Matthew 21:21. If a believer doesn't speak to the fig tree, it will continue to evolve till it is a mountain in their life. The mountain will impede or stop their progress in doing the Will of God.
In Luke 17:1-6, Jesus Christ is instructing the disciples on the importance of maintaining biblical interpersonal relationships in the Kingdom of God. Jesus challenges the apostles by saying, if your brother trespass against you [sins, wrongs you] rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him [Luke 17:3 and Matthew 18:15-18].
Jesus further challenges the disciples when he says in that, "if he trespass against you [sins, wrongs you] seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turns again to you, saying, I repent; you shall forgive him" [Amplified Bible].
To this message the apostles proclaim to Jesus, "Lord increase our faith" [Luke 17:5]. The disciples rationalized that they were going to need more faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God-AMP) to meet Jesus' new requirements for them.
Jesus replied to the disciple's request for more faith in Luke 17:5, by saying it only takes "faith as a grain of mustard seed" [Luke 17:6]. They didn't need more faith to comply with Kingdom Principles, they needed obedience.
They needed to speak to some things to be uprooted in their heart. This would allow space in their hearts for the seed of the Word of God to grow [Mark 4:18-19].
Jesus often referred to the principles of the Kingdom of God as living things that grows within us to produce remarkable things. Jesus equates the principles of the Kingdom of God [including faith] as a seed that grows up into a large plant [Matthew 13:31-32, Mark 4:30-32, Luke 13:18-20]. Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is within every believer [Luke 17:21].
Jesus said that the Father would pluck up any plant that he had not planted. Jesus said this in reference to the Pharisees teachings. Jesus said that the Heavenly Father would root up their teachings that they were planting in people's hearts [Matthew 15:11-14].
A Mulberry tree is a living, growing tree that has evolved from a seed. The tree is growing in your heart. A Mulberry [Sycamine] tree could represent some principle, precept, philosophy, paradigm of thought, doctrine, or tradition [seed] that have been planted in your heart that is contrary to the Word of God.
It's growth will hinder or stop the growth of the principles of the Kingdom of God in your heart. The plant produces doubt and unbelief. We know that because Jesus said to the disciples in the conclusion of his instructions, "If you have faith as a mustard seed" [Luke 17:6].
Jesus instructed the disciples to speak to the Mulberry tree [anything contrary to the Word of God] in their lives. He says a believer [not a doubter] can say "Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea, and it will obey you" [Luke 17:6]. Maybe you need to speak to something in your life that is contrary to the Word of God.
Trees cannot live in the sea. But a believer can say to that living thing be moved to some other dimension that I don't inhabit. Jesus promises it will "obey you" [Luke 17:6].
"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm [Mark 4:39]. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commands even the winds and water, and they obey him [Luke 8:25]. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm [Matthew 8:26-27]. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" [John 14:12].
- I can rebuke the wind and say unto the sea, "Peace, be still"; because I do the same works that Jesus did.
- Jesus will not find me faithless or fearful. I will rebuke the wind and and speak to the waves in my live.
- The wind and the sea obey me because they obeyed Jesus.
- Jesus promises me that if I have one grain of pure faith [no mixture of doubt and unbelief], the wind will
obey me[Luke 17:6].
"As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe [Mark 5:36]. Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes [Mark 9:23]. Nothing is impossible to me because I possess one grain of pure faith in God's Word" [Matthew 17:6].
My words are the working, productive Word of God. I use the Word of God with my mouth. My heart overflows with faith and my mouth speaks faith [Matthew 12:34]. I bring a good treasure of faith from my heart [Matthew 12:35]. Jesus will find faith in my life when he returns [Luke 18:8].