Sermon Title: "Curse the Fig Tree"
September 16, 2018
Mark Schloneger

Scripture: Matthew 21:18-22

And God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt,  out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:1) 
 
Notes: The words above begin the Ten Commandments, the foundation of the law that God gave Israel through Moses. These commandments show God’s people what a relationship with God and others should look like. Although boundary markers in relationships are necessary, they can also be stumbling 
 
blocks if they are disconnected from their purpose. That is, these commandments were meant to preserve healthy relationships, not to burden or prevent them.  

From Pastor Mark: "It’s odd in that a hungry Jesus curses a fig tree for not producing fruit. The tree withers and dies. Obviously, there is something more going on here than that. This is evident when the disciples ask Jesus about this, and Jesus responds by calling the disciples to faith:  “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go and throw yourself into the sea, and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”"

And God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Exodus 20:1) 
 
Notes: The words above begin the Ten Commandments, the foundation of the law that God gave Israel through Moses. These commandments show God’s people what a relationship with God and others should look like. Although boundary markers in relationships are necessary, they can also be stumbling 3 blocks if they are disconnected from their purpose. That is, these commandments were meant to preserve healthy relationships, not to burden or prevent them. 

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,  and with every living creature that is with you,  the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you,  as many as came out of the ark.  I establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Isaiah 2:4) 
 
Notes: (from Leader) An everlasting covenant is made between God, the people, and every living creature. God’s intentions for relationships with the earth are as wide and broad as the rainbow, the sign of this covenant. How are we invited to broaden our understandings of God’s covenant and what would that look like in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and creation? 


Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you,  and with every living creature that is with you,  the birds, the domestic animals, and every animal of the earth with you,  as many as came out of the ark.  I establish my covenant with you,  that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” (Isaiah 2:4) 
 
Notes: (from Leader) An everlasting covenant is made between God, the people, and every living creature. God’s intentions for relationships with the earth are as wide and broad as the rainbow, the sign of this covenant. How are we invited to broaden our understandings of God’s covenant and what would that look like in our relationships with God, our neighbors, and creation? 

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