Man and His Fig Tree

The ancient Hebrew prophets had a vision for how we should live together; they imagined that each person would have their own vine & fig tree. You might not have heard of it before, but in the Prophetic tradition this image of vine & fig runs deep, both as reality and as metaphor, a sign that the peaceable kingdom was here, now, on the earth.

This image is most visible in Micah. Two thousand seven hundred years ago, Micah envisioned a peaceable kingdom, in which:

They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore. [Micah 2:4]

That’s beautiful, but it’s rather big picture, about nations, wars, and systems. Then Micah gets personal:

Everyone will sit under their own vine
    and under their own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid. [Micah 4:4]

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