Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"Now in the morning as he returned into the city he hungered. 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." (21:18, 19) C. Now the missionaries always tell us that Christ was very calm, kind-hearted and free from anger and other such passions but these verses show that he was hot-tempered and ignorant of the laws that govern the phenomena of seasons and that he altogether behaved like a savage. Now a tree is not an intelligent being (that it could be held responsible foe bearing fruit). He cursed the (fig) tree for no cause; and if it be really true that the tree did wither away, it could not be due to his curse. We should not wonder if it had withered away by the use of some poison.
Answer: Maharishi was truly ignorant of the prophetic books of the Old Testament.
Jesus came to fulfill the prophecy.
Israel was symbolically represented by fig tree both in OT and Jesus Christ prophecies (Jeremiah 8:13, Jeremiah 29:15-19, Hosea 9:10, 16, Micah 7:1-4, Nahum 3:12, Luke 13:6-9, Mark 12:1-9.
Yahweh says in Hosea 9:10 regarding the spiritual fruit: IT WAS LIKE SEEING THE EARLY FRUIT ON THE FIG TREE and in verse 16: they yield no fruit. In other words, Christ was enacting what Yahweh spoke in the Old Testament. LORD GOD Jesus Christ is Yahweh.