“When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert;
when I saw your ancestors, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree.” (Hosea 9:10)
Did you know Jewish sages studied scriptures under a fig tree and confessed their sins (Psalm 32.2; John 1:47)? Jewish prophecy looks forward to the day where every man will sit under his vine and fig tree (Micah 4; 4; I Kings 4:25). Zechariah 3:10 predicts the day when Philip will tell Nathaniel about the news of the Messianic branch (cf. John 1:45, “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”)
Because of Nathaniel’s familiarity with Zechariah 3:8-10 (cf. Jeremiah 23:5), he was able to Jesus prophetically (cf. “Jesus you are the Son of David” and the “King of Israel.” Jesus rewarded Nathaniel’s purity and insight prophesying, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Who is my Philip? Psalm 145 states, “Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.” Without Philip, Nathaniel might have remained under his fig tree without the Messiah.
Where is my Fig Tree? Nathaniel’s understanding of Scripture wasn’t magical. Like the Psalmist, Scripture was where he found life and direction (cf. Psalm 119:105).
When will the Kingdom Come? John’s promise, “All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure” applies believers of every covenant. Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.”
What about my Will? But Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” The difference between a SAINT and myself is a matter of the WILL. Am I willing forgo my prejudices and say yes to the Holy Spirit?