FRIDAY, JULY 30
Scripture: Matthew 21:18-22
Mark’s account places ‘speak to the mountain’ at the forefront but Matthew places ‘cursing the fig tree’ at the forefront! Matthew records, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew’s emphasis was on killing fig trees. Mark’s emphasis was on removing mountains. I spent years on the Priestly emphasis of removing mountains where the mountains represented adversity, lack, sickness or any need. Matthew chose a different emphasis. Matthew understood the Kingly authority that the believer must have. He should have because he is the one who announced the Great Commission. Matthew is true to his calling of presenting Jesus as the son of David—the one who would sit on the Davidic Throne and consequently be the Judge of all the Earth. We cannot ignore Matthew’s Jesus any longer. We must start emulating Him or lose our harvest field!