* Luke 17:6 – And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
* The Sycamine-tree, is also called the sycamore tree, and the “mulberry-tree.” This tree bears a certain species of figs. This tree was common in Palestine. It is probable that Jesus was standing by one as He addressed these words to his disciples. This tree is generally planted by the wayside, in the open space where several paths meet.” It is a remarkable tree. It not only bears several crops of figs during the year. These figs grow like no other. They grow on short stems along the trunk and large branches, and not at the end of twigs, as in other fruit-bearing trees. The figs were carried to market in large quantities, and appeared to be more valued then other figs with taste and the poorer classes eat them. The tree is easily propagated, merely by planting a stout branch in the ground, and watering it until it has struck its roots into the soil. This it does with great rapidity, to a vast depth and the roots or enormous. Our Lord selected it to illustrate the power of faith. Essentially this sycamore tree could not be uprooted and its roots were very large and went deep into the ground. (Again this shows us that in Christ our faith can never be uprooted, stagger or waver, unless we leave the enemy an opening to do so, through fear, anxiety, doubt or unbelief.
* Notes: This tree produced much fruit, WHY? because of its enormous root system. Is our faith firmly root in a manner that it will never fail or be uprooted through circumstances and whiles the devil that he tries to impede us with? John 15:7-8 – If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8) Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
* Why was it found in a place where several paths met? 1) Jesus Christ represents the likeness of this fig tree, which bore much fruit that the Father would be glorified. 2) All mankind ever born on the earth will pass through this place where several paths meet having the fig tree at its center, in the likeness of Christ, of which they will be confronted with a decision for Jesus Christ or against Him. Some will partake in the fruit of this incredible fig tree and disdain it, because it had no taste and because of the sensual nature of the flesh, which only desires those things that tantalize or excite the flesh, making it feel or taste good to the senses of which the devil uses to steal, kill and destroy. * Why will the poor love it so? Within the parable is shown both the good and the evil of mankind, those that hunger and thirst for righteousness and those that reject Christ and chase after the pleasures of sin. 1 Cor 2:14 – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Natural means beastly or animal nature, sensual, earthy, and the lower nature as compared to the higher or heavenly nature that the righteous are being conformed to in Jesus Christ.
* The poorer class of people preferred them is referring to the willingness of the believer to die to self will, being dead in Christ, that the Spirit of God can mortify the works of the flesh in the midst of suffering and affliction. Paul said in 1 Cor 15:31 – I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. Jesus said in Matt 11:28-30 – Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. The poorness of the believer gives way to embracing suffering and affliction, which brings forth meekness and lowliness, bringing death to the old nature and advancing the new creation within made in the likeness of image of Jesus Christ. * Isa 66:2 – For all those things hath mine hand made, and those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. Poor means depressed, in mind or circumstances afflicted, humble, lowly, or needy. Contrite means smitten, maimed, or dejected, crushed or lame. Why would it say depressed in mind, maimed or lame? This is the condition of the natural man or old nature.
*Zech 13:7-9 – Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. 8) And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9) And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God. Smite the Shepherd is speaking about Christ at the cross, shedding His blood and bringing remission of transgressions and sin. The sheep will be scattered is speaking about all of those that will not embrace the cross and the suffering there of, causing them to be scattered. Strike the little ones is speaking, not about children, but the sons of God that are willing to embrace the cross, bringing suffering, affliction, and persecution, but to our greater benefit to embrace being abased, humbled, meek, in Him allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our life as the Spirit did also with Jesus Christ. In this we are refined us as silver is refined, and tried us as gold is tried. When it say’s that two thirds will be cut off it means to cut off, down or asunder; by implication, to destroy or consume. * The big question here is will be with the two thirds or the one third? One will reject the cross and the suffering and the other will embrace to their own death that they mighty have life eternal in Jesus Christ. It is our choice! 2 Peter 3:9-11 – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11) Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness. We are very close to this time!