We are excited to present a new song – and a new artwork in response to the new song – by Portland musician Cameron DeWhitt and artist Jon Roberts.

“The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard him say it.” Mark 11:12-14

Cameron notes about his song:

“Fig Tree” is about being unable to reconcile things in the Bible with the character of God. Normally, I use Jesus as my primary reference to discern the nature of God, but Mark 11:12-14 is an example of a passage where Jesus said something I didn’t know what to do with, and still don’t.

Listen to Fig Tree

Jon Roberts, who designed the cover for Cameron’s album, has created an artwork specifically responding to this song and we’re so pleased to share it along with Cameron’s piece. It is inspired by John 15:5: “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”

Jon explains:

God does some offensive things sometimes. Take these delicious figs, for example. The only way they can be pollinated is by a wasp, who squeezes inside through the hole in the top – breaking off her wings in the process – lays eggs in some of the flowers (which are inside the fig), pollinates the rest of them, and then dies. Her body is consumed by the fig, and the fig is consumed by us, after the new generation of wasps has hatched and escaped the fig to continue the cycle. How interesting! How bizarre! Something that upon first sight strikes most of us as disgusting, creepy, and definitely a sign that that fruit is not fit for consumption, is actually the way God has chosen to provide for these two organisms, and in turn, to provide for us. It’s another witness to the fact that God works in us in ways we would not predict, and in ways which may strike us as painful or offensive at first. But if we remain in his love we can have faith that, unexpected as it may be, God will be faithful to bear good fruit in and through us.

Jon Roberts is from Netarts, OR. He plays jazz trumpet and piano and frequently collaborates with Cameron DeWhitt. He currently lives and worships with the Circle of Hope community in Philadelphia. Cameron DeWhitt is a songwriter from Newberg, OR. He released his first album, Foxglove Inc. last May, and hopes to record his next album, Salvation Songs, sometime in 2012. Cameron completed his BA in Music Composition in April 2011 at George Fox University in Newberg, OR.

The image is copyrighted by Jonathan Roberts and used here by permission. If you are interested in using Jonathan’s image in any way please contact Jonathan. The song is copyrighted by Cameron DeWhitt and is featured here by permission. If you would like to use this song for any reason contact Cameron directly via his website or contact us for help.

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