On This, I Just Don’t Understand

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Deuteronomy 4-6; Mark 11:1-18


12 The next day, after leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 From far away, he noticed a fig tree in leaf, so he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing except leaves, since it wasn’t the season for figs. 14 So he said to it, “No one will ever again eat your fruit!” His disciples heard this (Mark 11:12-14, Common English Bible).

It is not uncommon for us to go through life without understanding some of the things people do and say. Sometimes I don’t even understand some of the things I do or say. We see people do things that don’t make good sense. For example, why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? If the airplane was about to crash, I get it. Besides, then the airplane isn’t perfectly good. I don’t understand the great obsession with tattoos these days. I am not trying to be critical, I just don’t understand it. From what I understand, they are expensive and painful. Plus, if you decide you don’t like it, getting rid of them can be even worse.

In college, I had a professor for two different classes (he was the only person who taught either and they were both required classes). He was one of the most foul-mouthed people I have ever known. Most of the time it wasn’t necessary and I think he did it because he could. I actually tracked the number of cuss words he used in a class and then calculated the average. I don’t remember the number now. All this happened 25 years ago but it was in excess of twenty per class period. I don’t understand the need for using foul language, at least not that much.

No, I don’t understand many of the things people say and do. I do, however, expect, when I pick up my Bible and start reading to understand the things Jesus says and does. I know the stories. I am reading the book. I really should understand. As I said a few days ago, God didn’t make it that hard. I understand why the disciples, as well as the Pharisees and Sadducees, might not understand the things Jesus said and did. They didn’t have the benefit of access to the whole story.

I do. I should understand. Plus, in other places of Scripture, Jesus explains the parables (a parable just precedes our lesson) but he doesn’t do so here.

In the lesson, Jesus goes to a fig tree in an effort to find a snack. Finding no fruit, he cursed the tree and declared it would bear no more fruit. To me, at least, that seems pretty harsh for fruit that isn’t even in season.

I don’t know, but could it be that Jesus was saying we are to share our faith and bear fruit regardless of the season. Disciple-making is an ongoing project. And, if we are going to bear fruit, it must not be fruit just for the world. It must be fruit that benefits our communities and the world.

Like I said, I don’t understand. But those are my thoughts. I would love to hear what you think.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved.

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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