Mark 11:11 And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.
Jesus enters the temple, passing through the courtyard of the Gentiles, where money changers were stealing and animals were being sold for sacrifice. He sees this. He enters the temple, to see a magnificent building, but the keepers had no fruit, they were not speaking God's message and reaching the world. Perhaps he caught a glimpse of the scribes and Pharisees and saw the fear and envy in their hearts. They were plotting to kill Jesus. Satan was in the temple. Religion had replaced the word and Spirit of God. He left with his disciples to Bethany, he had seen enough.
Mark 11:12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:
Mark 11:13 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.
Perhaps the fig tree, was a symbol of the temple, or those who were in authority. These looked magnificent, as the tree in full bloom, but with no fruit. The time of the figs was not yet. Usually the figs start early to grow and when the leaves are grown, so are the figs, but there was no fruit on this tree.
Mark 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
Jesus pronounced a curse on the tree. He was not usually angry except with those religious leaders, the scribes and Pharisees, who did not do as they were supposed to do. They were as the tree, hypocrites, giving false hope and no fruit.
Mat 15:7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
Mat 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Are we doing as God wants? Are we obeying his word and giving others truth?