When did the fig tree wither?

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I have at various times read different parts of the Bible that I think are contradictory. One of them is the incident of the fig tree as recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark.

Matthew 21:18-19:

“18 Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. 19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.”

Mark 11:12-14,20:

“12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it…20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.”

So when exactly did the fig tree wither? Immediately as recorded by Matthew? Or on the morning of the next day as recorded by Mark? The explanation of this was first pointed out by two friends of mine:

The fig tree’s essence withered immediately Jesus spoke the word. The manifestation was seen the next day (it withered in form the next day)

For more explanation on this, refer to the Essence vs. Form series (1,2,3). So have you prayed and the answer seems not to be coming? Don’t worry, it will manifest soon.

Food for thought:

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Life nugget:

The Word of God is not contradictory. If it seems so, you just haven’t gotten the light for that Scripture.


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