“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” - Matthew 24:32-35
Jesus, when teaching about the signs of the end times, gives His disciples this command to learn a parable about a fig tree. And today, that’s what you are going to do!
To learn means to understand or be acquainted with... A parable is just a story with contrast. You listen to the parable and then contrast it with YOUR WORLD. The fig tree and it’s world has something to teach us about our world.
“When it’s branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near.”
What was Jesus talking about when He said this??
Read chapter 24 in context, maybe even break out a commentary (they have them online as well), or you could even do a little digging online to understand what the tenderness and leafiness of a fig tree and summer being near could possibly teach you!
After reading chapter 24, ask and answer these questions:
- What is the tender branch all about?
- What is putting forth leaves all about?
- What is the summer being near all about?
Jesus says that IT is near, at the doors!
- WHAT exactly is He talking about when He says “It”?
- What doors??
Hey, if Jesus told us to learn the meaning of a parable, then we should! Go, do it!