…they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree…

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Taste & See

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and it shall be lifted up above the hills; and peoples shall flow to it…but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.” – Micah 4:1.4

Establish

1:  to make firm or stable

2:  to introduce and cause to grow and multiply

3:  to bring into existence:  found

4:  to put on a firm basis:  set up

5:  to gain full recognition or acceptance of

6:  to put beyond doubt:  prove

“…they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree…” This was a blessing in biblical times.  Fig trees were a sign of comfort and security.  Figs took a long time to grow; they need plenty of care and nurturing.  So if someone had a fig tree they could sit under, it would mean that they had been on that land for quite a while, and that fig tree had become a symbol of prosperity.

    Fig trees were the only identified tree in the Garden of Eden. The leaves were used to cover Adam and Eve’s nakedness, which would seem to foreshadow God’s continuing provisions for His people.  When God gave the Promised Land to the Israelites, God mentions vine and fig trees as being a part of the good land He was giving them.  In 1 Kings, it talks about the time when Israel and Judah lived in safety, under their own vine and fig tree.  The fig tree blossoms with good fruit when people are walking with God.

    Conversely, fig trees are also used as an indication of judgment upon the people.  In Joel 1:12 the vine is dried up and the fig is withered.  In Habakkuk 3:17 the fig tree no longer buds. Perhaps the clearest indication of how God used figs is found in Jeremiah 24, where God declares two judgments upon the people of Judah.  Jesus even curses the fig tree for not being fruitful.  It wasn’t just because He was hungry and there was no fruit.  It was an indication that the people still had no faith, even though there was every sign that their Messiah was present. The fig tree withers when there is rebellion.

    Two more important references:  In Matthew 24:32, Jesus tells us that when the fig tree’s branches become tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near and that the King is coming.  In Revelation 6:13 John compares the end of the ages as like, “a fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale.”

    These verses in Micah are referring to when everything is over; when God establishes His kingdom on earth.  God’s promises have been realized!  He has stood by His word and we have been restored and redeemed!  Everyone will want to come home to the house of the Lord!

    These promises should lift your heart to the heavens.  If God says it, it will come to pass.  God will restore those who believe.  We will be blessed; joyful and content while singing and praising the Ancient of Days.  God’s will cannot be moved or thwarted, and His foundation will be impenetrable.  And every one of us will have our own vine and fig tree, and we will not be afraid.

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