Dave Burnette's Commentary

Jeremiah Chapter 24

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Jeremiah
Date Penned: (627-586 BC)
Overview: To Urge God's People to Turn from Sin to God (c 1-52)
Theme: God's Judgement on Judah (c 1-45)
Message: Jeremiah's Vision of Figs (v 1-10)

Jeremiah 24 Commentary 

(24:1) Jehoiachin - This happened in 597 BC, when Jeconiah (also known as Jehoiachin) was taken to Babylon and Zedekiah became king. Often royal officials were exiled to keep them from exerting power and starting rebellions. Skilled craftsmen and artisans were taken because they were valuable for Babylon's building program. Jeremiah foretold this event in 22:24-28. 

(24:2-10) Figs - The good figs represented the exiles to Babylon, not because they themselves were good, but because their hearts would respond to God. He would preserve them and bring them back to the land. The bad, evil figs represented those who had remained in Judah or fled to Egypt. Those people may have arrogantly believed they would be blessed if they remained in the land or escaped to Egypt, but the opposite was true because God would use the Captivity to refine the exiles. We may assume we are blessed when life goes well and cursed when it does not. But trouble is a blessing when it makes us stronger, and prosperity is a curse if it entices us away from God. If you are facing trouble, ask God to help you grow stronger in him. If things are going your way, ask God to help you use your prosperity for him. 

(24:6) The Lord's Care - The exiles in Babylon were cared for by the Lord. Although they were moved to a foreign land, their captivity was not enslavement. The people could function in business and own homes. Some, like Daniel and his three friends, even held high positions in the government (see Daniel 2:48-49).


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Good Figs

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Jeremiah 24. In our text today we see Jeremiah's vision of figs as some were some were classified as bad figs while others were classified as good figs, not from being good but from their hearts responding to God. In making application we see that we an illustration of how we don't go to Heaven for being good but from our hearts responding to the Gospel. Today many think they will go to Heaven if their good works outweigh their bad but the truth of the Gospel is no one is truly good. We are all sinners but if we confess our sins and receive the free pardon of sin that Jesus paid on the cross of Calvary then we too can be saved. How about you? Have you responded to the Gospel? Let us learn from our text today and the example of Jeremiah to see that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ and not of good works.


Jeremiah 24

Jeremiah 24

 1The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar 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.

 2One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

 3Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

 4Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

 5Thus 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.

 6For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

 7And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

 8And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:

 9And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.

 10And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.