A Tree Called Hypocrite

It will help you to understand this poem to know that a unique feature of the fig tree is that its fruit and leaves appear at the same time.  They also disappear at the same time.

There once was a tree
that shouted it had leaves,
which meant it should have fruit.

Other fig trees were barren,
as it wasn’t their time,
so quiet, they stayed put.

From a distance Jesus noticed,
and hungry He drew near,
to hopefully find upon this tree,
what it said it did so bear.

But alas, it lied!  It’s fruit, a farce.
It’s leaves were all it had.
It acted the part, it looked to be good,
when the truth was it was bad.

So in anger, Jesus cursed
the tree with fruitless limbs.
Not because it bore no fruit,
but because it lied to Him.

This story comes from Matthew 21:18-20.   In cursing this tree Jesus taught something to His disciples about His hatred for hypocrisy and His love of sincerity and truth.   The Greek word behind hypocrite has the meaning of being an actor.  Behind this even more is the motivation of jealousy.   This applied to the religious leaders at the time of Christ, but there is a lesson for us too.  Jesus said, “Beware of the leaven of the Scribes and Pharisees, which is hypocrisy“.   This leaven is an insidious influence in “Churchianity” today.   It causes people to talk the talk, but not walk the walk.  With Jesus we too must see the “Tree called Hypocrite” for what it is – withered and dried up at the root.

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