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<blockquote>And they shall sit every one under his vine, and under his fig-tree; and there shall be none to make [them] afraid: for the mouth of Jehovah of hosts hath spoken [it].
Micah 4:4</blockquote>
<blockquote>In that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, shall ye invite every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig-tree.
Zechariah 3:10</blockquote>
Reading the books of the minor prophets in the Bible has been enlightening. They're not the most read books of the Bible, yet hold a treasure-trove of insight – political, socio-economic as well as spiritual.
The two verses hit home because they spoke about the end times. The thing that struck me was that every man sat under his own fig tree and vine, as opposed to a random one in a random field somewhere. That meant that I could not offer any excuse should my fig tree be devoid of figs, or should my vine produce grapes the size of raisins. I would be held accountable, and the whole world would behold the work of my life.
How could Micah be so confident, saying "there shall be none to make them afraid"? I knew I couldn't. I was convinced that my life, no matter how hard I tried, could scarcely be one worthy of global scrutiny. In my twenty-something years here on earth I have done enough to deliver my family name to embarassment, and myself to eternal damnation.
Then I read Zechariah 3:9,
<blockquote>For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua — upon one stone are seven eyes; behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith Jehovah of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in one day.</blockquote>
Jesus Christ is the stone upon which we are all justified. Indeed by His stripes we are healed.
I, am healed. On the day of reckoning I shall sit beneath my fig tree and vine, and none will make me afraid, because the work of producing fruit is not something to be accomplished by my own human hands, but only because "the mouth of God has spoken it". And Jesus Christ is that Word.
He, the Truth, has set us free.

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