Cary Cox, from Matthew 21:18-32. Jesus curses a fig tree as a picture of the judgment of God he is pronouncing on unbelieving and fruitless Israel. God is calling forth a new-covenant people who repent of sin, have faith in Christ, and produce fruit to the glory of God.
Pastor Cary Cox, from Matthew 2:13-15.
Matthew quotes a verse about Israel, saying it is fulfilled in Christ. He also arranges his story about Jesus’ early life and ministry to show that Jesus retraced the history of Israel. Where they failed, he triumphed. Jesus is the new Israel, and the true people of God are those who are in Christ!