“Then the word of the LORD came to me: ‘Thus says the LORD, the GOD of Israel: Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I have sent away from this place to the land of the Chaldeans. I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up. I will give them a heart to know that I am the LORD, and they shall be my people and I will be their GOD, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.” -Jeremiah 24: 4-7
In Jeremiah, we have several different prophesies that are fulfilled with the passing of time. In the middle chapters, we learn that Israel will be exiled for their sin and for the unrepentance that they continue to live. We learn that after multiple times of preaching repentance of sin, the people continue doing wickedness. We learn that GOD tells Jeremiah that Israel would be exiled.
Even through the exile, we are able to understand that GOD will be able to save a remnant that will return to Israel. After the seventy years of exile, Israel’s remnant would return through the testimony that we see in the prophets later. We learn that the promise of returning from the exile would be fulfilled. GOD stated that He would not destroy or pluck up the remnant even through the jugdment against Israel.
We see that there is a representation that there were two kinds of fig trees to signify the righteous and the wicked. One fig tree was good and allowed Jeremiah to know that the remnant of believers would be apart from the wicked. We also see the bad fig tree that showed the sins of the wicked. We know that Jeremiah is able to understand that regardless of the jugdment against the wicked, the remnant from Israel would remain. All of this was fulfilled when Israel would return from the exile seventy years later. We are able to understand that GOD allows us to see that He is graceful and gives believers the opportunity to repent. We have also seen this through Jesus Christ who is giving us the ability to repent from our sins and have eternal life.