Jesus saw Nathan'a-el coming to him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!" 48 Nathan'a-el said to him, "How do you know me?" Jesus answered him, "Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." 49 Nathan'a-el answered him, "Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!" 50 Jesus answered him, "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these." 51 And he said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
Something significan happened to Nathaniel under the fig tree. We never find out what it is. Some scholars wonder if he was praying or meditating - a practice often undertaken under fig trees apparently.
But why does the big JC address Nathaniel as a man "without guile"? Why stress that he did not or could not do something wrong? What was he up to under the tree? was he facing some kind of temptation?
what do you think happened under the tree. what generally goes on under your fig tree?