The Good and The Bad Figs

The Good and The Bad Figs

THIS LESSON IS ABOUT THE GOOD AND THE BAD FIGS, this information is principally found in Jeremiah. This subject is something on which a lot of churches have become sadly confused.

The first deportation in the Babylonian captivity occurred soon after the overthrow of King Jehoiachin, by Nebuchadnezzar. The Babylonians captured Jerusalem about 606 B.C., and the deportation probably took place nearly two years later, around 604 B.C. The details are set out in II Kings 24:9-17 and II Chronicles 36:9-10.

Then there was a second deportation, because the puppet king, who had been placed on the throne by Nebuchadnezzar, rebelled. Nebuchadnezzar had to come back and finish the job, deporting the rest of the people of Judah and pretty largely burning and destroying the city of Jerusalem. This is recorded in II kings 25:1-21, this was 585 B…

In between these two deportations, and in the reign of its last king Zedekiah, the prophet Jeremiah was shown a vision of two baskets of figs. Jeremiah 24:1-10 records, “Yahweh shewed me, and behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of Yahweh, after that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. One basket had very good figs, even like figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad. Then Yahweh said unto me, what seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs, the good figs, very well; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.