There is a huge difference between rotten fruit and good fruit.
Just the other day I went to get an apple for one of my children, and I felt something squishy in the bag! Apples are not supposed to be squishy! Apparently, one of the apples had gone bad and rotted. As apples work, one bad apple can ruin the bunch, and sure enough several of the other apples were starting to turn bad.
It is almost gross to think about biting into one of these rotting, brown, mussy apples… gag a maggot of a gut wagon! The texture, taste, and smell would no doubt be unpleasant.
Contrast this scene with one of eating a fresh apple. I am talking about one picked fresh from the orchard… no pesticides… no preservatives…. Having never been touched by human hands! Take that fresh apple and bite into its deliciousness! YUM! I might have to take a break and go get an apple now!
The Lord compares the inhabitants of Judah to figs to Jeremiah. Some of Israel were rotten and evil figs, not good for consumption or use. Some of the Israelites were ripe and good figs, and good for consumption and use. The stark difference between these two groups is made very clear.
God says the inhabitants of Judah who have rejected Him, been idolaters, and lived sinfully will be judged by Babylon, and this judgment will be for their hurt. They will not be benefited or helped at all, and instead will be dealt with punitively. Whether left in Jerusalem, killed, or taken captive, nothing good will come from the exile for those who have been adulterous toward God.
In sharp contrast, God compare the good figs to those who have great use to Him. These are those who love God, have kept His commandments, and rejected the social norms of their day. Though they would endure the judgment and exile too, it would be for their benefit. God would use it like a refining fire to make them better for His use.
Isn’t amazing that the same trial could have such a different effect on the same fruit. The only variable and difference was the one was rotten and one was not. God can use a trail to make one person bitter and resentful, and use the same trial to make another people tender and full of faith.
Choose to live for God, and see that His trying can make you bitter or better. Be a good fig, not a rotten apple. Love God, love reproof from His Word, and love His people, you will be amazed what God can accomplish in your life today if you will let Him
Daily Scripture Reading
“Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.”