There are three fruits we hear a lot about in the bible: the olive, the grape (wine), and the fig. It’s not surprising that figs offer wonderful health benefits considering their roots go all the way back to the garden of Eden. (You’ll recall it was the fig leaf that Adam and Eve used to cover their newly discovered boy and girlness, after choosing to live independently of God.)
For the next several days, we’re going to be looking at the “good figs,” as described in Jeremiah 24:3-7. God gives them some amazing promises. Let’s ask Him to help us fig-ure out how those might relate to us today. The entire passage appears below, but we’re going to crack it open, take a look at each ingredient and see if we can make some sweet, figgy pudding. (Apologies in advance if you get “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” stuck in your head, but maybe thinking of winter will help beat the August heat.)
“What do you see, Jeremiah?”
This is a great place to start our mission (which, incidentally, is a type of fig). I love the tender, parental nature of this question. This shows God’s desire for interaction with us, how He longs not just to tell us—but teach us—His truths. When you read the verses below, think about the Lord asking you “What do you see?” as He tenderly calls you by name.
Then the LORD said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”
And I said, “Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad.”
Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: ‘Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans. For I will set My eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; I will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up. Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”