Vines and Fig Trees
For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
A land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of oil olive, and honey;
1 Kings 4:25
And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.
But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.
I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.
In the Bible, the fruitful vine and fig tree are symbols of God given prosperity and protection. For a man to sit under the shade of his own vine and fig tree meant that God's blessing, prosperity and protection was on the land. A traveler passing by was allowed to eat fruit from the fig tree because it was the people's tree and represented God's gift of prosperity to His people. The vine and fig tree without fruit are symbols of God's protection and prosperity lost or taken away.
© Copyright March 2006 Michael Cortright