Let’s talk for just a few seconds about the figs.
God had sent the the people of Judah out of their land into the land of the Babylonians as punishment.
These were the good figs. And God promised to watch over them for their good. This was like a loving father who, when he sees his child misbehave, quickly disciplines the child so as to correct the behavior before the bad behavior becomes ingrained in the child. As the father of three boys, I know that there is a better chance of molding good behavior if you correct bad behavior quickly.
The bad figs were those who stayed in their own land longer, and those who were in Egypt, allowing the bad behavior to go on. When a bad child is not corrected, he eventually becomes spoiled, and it is less likely that he will ever accept correction. We’ve all seen children who were allowed to misbehave. What happens? Often they grow up to become bad people. God knew those bad figs would never become good figs, so he told Jeremiah that they would be destroyed.
It seems sad that some must be allowed to spoil, but remember that God gave mankind the ability to make their own choices…to have free will. For free will to truly exist, there must be the ability to make bad choices as well as good. And God, being omniscient, or all-knowing, He knew that these people would not correct their behavior.
Choose, while you can, to be a good fig.