Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The cursed fig tree can symbolize a cursed mind, for one thing

“I will surely consume them, saith the Lord: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them” (Jeremiah 8:13).

“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” (Matthew 21:19).

“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. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. . . . And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away” (Mark 11:13-4, 20-1).

The fig tree mentioned above can symbolize many things, but on one level it can symbolize the cursed mind.

If God does not want someone’s mind to truly know something, it will not occur.

“A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” (John 3:27).

“God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit” (D&C 121:26).

All true knowledge is a gift from God.

We can actively seek for true knowledge, but it is humbling to realize that we can only obtain the knowledge when it is given to us.