We will never say the man from Galilee didn’t have magical powers. TODAY, magicians are reading people’s thoughts, coughing up live frogs, coughing up quarters, pouring liquid out of their dry hands, pouring salt out of their empty hands, performing feats of telekinesis, cloud bursting, levitating playing cards, demonstrating pyrokinetic abilities, levitating themselves off the ground, etc, etc, etc.
My wife and I were at a show in Las Vegas, and the magician called out the initials of my wife’s name. She stood up. Then he started calling out things he had no way of knowing, for example, he knew that we didn’t have any kids. Then he asked my wife if she was a truck driver, and she said, yes. My wife looks NOTHING like a truck driver. She looks as girly as girly can get. He kept calling out PERSONAL things that he had absolutely no way of knowing, like my wife’s full name, (maiden name included) and then he called out the exact date (day, month and year) that me and my wife met each other for the first time. So, we’ll never say the only begotten son didn’t have magical powers. Magic is real and does indeed exist.
The Bible even says that Mary’s little baby was visited by certain “wise men” or magi (magicians), so magicians (or wise men) were NOT uncommon back in those days (Matthew 2:1-16). And the magicians from 2,000 years ago, didn’t use legerdemain or slight of hand. The magicians from 2,000 years ago, performed REAL ACTS OF SORCERY AND WIZARDRY. None of that smoke and mirrors child’s play. (see also Genesis 41:8, Exodus 7:11 in reference to the correlation between magicians and wise men.)
It’s not impossible to believe the only begotten son knew magic. Why? Because 2,000 years ago, people would’ve called a man levitating himself off the ground, a miracle. 2,000 years ago, people would’ve called a man coughing up live frogs, coughing up quarters, pouring liquid out of his bare, dry hands, levitating objects, setting objects on fire with his bare hands, and pouring salt out of his empty hands… MIRACLES…. things that we today call, magic.
Now, in Mark 11:12-14 and verses 20-22, and Matthew 21:18-21 there’s a story about how the miracle worker made a fig tree wither and die.
“And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 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. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.”
Mark 11:12-14, 20-22
“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. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.” Matthew 21:18-21
So, the lily of the valley made a fig tree wither and die. Did he do it? I absolutely believe he did it. Sorcery, wizardry, magic and divination was NOT uncommon back in those days. I believe without a doubt that the lily of the valley, had several tricks up his sleeve, no pun intended. And I believe his very impressive magic/miracles made believers out of his staunchest skeptics. But there’s a major problem with his “withered fig tree” performance.
“When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, [THOU SHALT NOT DESTROY THE TREES] thereof by forcing an axe against them: [FOR THOU MAYEST EAT OF THEM], and thou shalt not cut them down (FOR THE TREE OF THE FIELD IS MAN’S LIFE) to employ them in the siege: [ONLY THE TREES WHICH THOU KNOWEST THAT THEY BE NOT TREES FOR [FOOD], THOU SHALT DESTROY] and cut them down.” Deuteronomy 20:19,20
We are commanded not to destroy food trees, not for building houses, bridges, ladders, furniture, carriages, chariots, plates, spoons, forks or knives, tables, chairs, beds, firewood, etc, etc. We are only to use NON-FOOD supplying trees for building things and firewood. Yet, for some strange reason, the lily of the valley used his telekinesis to destroy the fig tree. Why did I say, for some strange reason? Because figs weren’t in season. It wasn’t even harvest time for figs.
“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].”
So, what was the point of killing the fig tree? That would be like killing a pregnant woman’s baby in her fourth month of pregnancy. If her baby isn’t ready to be born, the baby isn’t late? It’s just too early. And the Bible CLEARLY says “the time of figs was not yet.” So, why was the lily of the valley so angry?? Or was he just using that as an excuse to show off his telekinesis?
Torah says we are NOT to destroy food supplying trees.
“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for FOOD. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for FOOD: and it was so.” Genesis 1:29,30
Food supplying trees aren’t only food for humans. Monkeys eat bananas. We are NOT to destroy banana trees. Fruit bats the fruit juice, the nectar and seeds of fruit. Gorillas are vegetarians and they also eat fruit. Food supplying trees and plants are food for humans as well as animals (Genesis 1:30). And we are NOT to destroy The Most High’s natural food source/supply for HUMANS OR ANIMALS. (Psalm 147:9, Deuteronomy 25:4, Matthew 6:26).
Yet, the lily of the valley got MAD and violated Torah. He used whatever form of telekinesis he mastered to destroy the fig tree. And Deuteronomy 20:19,20 specifically commands us NOT to destroy The Most High’s fruit trees for any reason; for building houses, bridges, ladders, furniture, carriages, chariots, tables, chairs, beds, or firewood… LET ALONE OUT OF ANGER BECAUSE WE’RE HUNGRY, WHEN THE DAMN TREE ISN’T EVEN IN SEASON.
Did the lily of the valley violate Torah? Answer that for yourself.