Thursday, May 3, 2018

Daily Devotion: The Fig and Israel

Bible Reading: Mark 13:14-37

Key Verse: Verse 28– "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

Key Words: Now learn the parable of the fig tree

I have had the privilege of visiting Israel on two occasions. It was during those visits that it became very obvious to me that the fig was one of, if not the most, favorite article of food there.

The fig tree differs from almost all other fruit trees in that its fruit is green and inconspicuous. It is concealed among the leaves until the time of ripening.

As you study God’s Word, you will find that God often uses the fig as an illustration. For example, it is used to illustrate the nation of Israel in Isaiah 34, and it is used to illustrate the second coming in Matthew 24.

Ah, the fig tree! Have you ever eaten a fig? Ok, Ok…so figs are not the most exotic of the fruits; but I like them, especially in the form of jelly, or even better yet, cookies…you know, the Fig Newton Bar. I know, calories galore! Fat gram city! But they are still good.

Figs can be healthy. They are known for their restorative power. Pliny, the Roman Naturalist, wrote, “Figs are restorative and the best of the fruits that can be used by those who are brought low by sickness.” Figs provide energy and vitality because of their sugar content. If you do not drink milk, add figs to your diet; they are a good source of calcium.

Did you know that figs are the first fruit mentioned in the Bible? Remember how Adam and Eve covered their nakedness with fig leaves?

Ah, the fig! You cannot think about it without thinking about the nation of Israel (Mark 13:28). So the next time you see or eat a fig, think about and pray for the nation of Israel.

What to do:
✞ Remember, the fig, above all other fruits symbolizes Israel; so when you see a fig, remember to pray for Israel.

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