What is significant about pericope 188, where Jesus curses the fig tree?
Helps to know that the fig tree is a symbol for Israel, and this is a Mark “sandwich”. Mark writes about the fig tree, Jesus going to cleanse the temple, and then he goes back to the fig tree. All obvious activity but not what Jesus wants, The temple has religious activity but not what God wants. Temple had leaves, Jesus is acting something out to show that the Temple must act.