It is written of me – Part 7
The fig represents knowledge of natural kindness, which is not to the noble character of the olive, but obediently bears abundant fruits of sweet benevolence.
Every tree is known by its fruits. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. Matthew 12:33
The tree is good and its fruit good, when it works according to its mandate on earth. It becomes corrupt when it works otherwise. The same applies to man and his mandate.
The fig tree takes pride in the sweetness of its fruits. The fig adds sweetness to life. The fig was an instrument of healing for Hezekiah’s boil.
For Isaiah had said, let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon the boil, and he shall recover. Isaiah 38:21.It is an anti-inflammatory agent, analgesic, emollient, laxative, astringent and expectorant, and it also lowers blood sugar. It is a major component in medical science.
Considering the characteristic of the fig tree in its entirety, it is to add sweetness to man’s life. Why should the fig relinquish this important assignment and be competing for the throne for which it is not designed?
Difference is not in the office or the title one bears, it is in the impact made or one is made for. Authority is not demanded, it is earned, when a man administers within his jurisdiction of responsibility.
The vine is described as a shrub of much strength and abundant fruitfulness.
Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Joel 2:22
Just as the trees summoned the olive and the fig to be king over them, the vine was also called upon but it declined, being aware of its mandate. Judges 9:12-13
The uniqueness of the vine is in its ability to bear much fruit over a long period of time, even under conditions termed ‘unfavorable’ for the other growing trees.
• The vine understood its mandate i.e. giving wine that cheers both God and man.
• Its fruitfulness is much worthy than any other thing it may be offered.
• To become king over other trees will deprive it of its purpose to bring cheerfulness to God and man.
The nature of the vine
The vine is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. They are long and has been used by man since ancient times.
And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard: Genesis 9:20
Climbing and twisting is descriptive of the growing habit of the vine. Their leaves are large, flat and lobed and they produce fruits in form of large bunches of grapes. The grape consists of a watery fleshly pulp, containing stones encased in a soft skin.
The vine is widely and greatly used in large-scale production of wine.
The vine symbolises fruitfulness. Ezekiel 17:5-8, Ezekiel 19:10, Zachariah 8:12.
It also refers to growth. The vine has the capacity to yield fruits, even under harsh conditions. This is due to the fact that its growth cannot be easily impaired.
They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. Hosea 14:7
The Bible described the Israelites as a vine brought out from Egypt by God. Psalms 80:8, Isaiah 5:7.
Jesus Christ also said of Himself: “I am the true vine, my father is the husbandman.” John 15:1
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