The Fig Tree – 5

This post is Day 5 in a series of studies about “The Fig Tree”, I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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The Fig Tree – Day 5

1 Kings 4:25

As long as Solomon lived, Judah and Israel (from Dan to Beersheba) lived securely, everyone under his own vine and fig tree.

The Thought

Hundreds of years after Moses, we read of one of the times of fulfilment of God’s promise to the Israelites. I am not sure that every single person had their own garden with vine and fig tree. Maybe they did, but the symbolism is clear. The vine and the fig tree speak of good things to drink and to eat all through the year. Grapes and figs can both be dried and consequently can be used throughout the seasons.

But why does the verse above say that each person lived UNDER their vine and fig tree? Is it a suggestion that the vines and fig trees were very tall? Or is it a symbolic thing about protection and provision? The verse above is vey specific and “everyone” suggests individuals, not groups.

This verse is part of a success story. The chapter begins by naming Solomon’s officials and which tribes they governed. Then following all those names we have a very encouraging verse. 1Kings 4:20 The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They ate and drank and lived happily.

What a testimony to a great God who loved his people, kept them alive in the desert and provided for them everything He had promised.

It is worth noting too that both wine and figs have medicinal properties (1 Timothy 5:23; 1 Samuel 30:11-12; 2 Kings 20:6-7).

Action

Read those verses and praise God that He has good plans for you (Jeremiah 29:11), and He provides all your needs. Praise Him that He wants you to prosper and be in health. John prayed that for the readers of his letters (3John 1:2).

Talk to Him about your personal needs today, and praise Him for His answers.

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