The Individual

Micah 4:4

but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
    and no one shall make them afraid,
    for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

When I read this verse, I thought that I had already written about it.  But as I reviewed my previous writings, I discovered the verse I had already written about was this one from 1 Kings 4:25.

And Judah and Israel lived in safety, from Dan even to Beersheba, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, all the days of Solomon.

I referenced this verse from 1 Kings in my post, “Every Man Under His Vine”, and in that post I referenced another post which was titled, “Candy Cried”.  The thought in these posts and verses, is of an individual having a place in life to live as an individual, a place to sow and reap the fruits of their labor.

These verses are another reference in literature that speak of the individual being allowed to live their life as an individual.

….every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
    and no one shall make them afraid….

This goes back to the wisdom of Solomon and the concept of a fulfilling life.

Ecclesiastes 2:24

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,

Now verse 4 of Micah and all of chapter 4 of Micah, is talking about when Christ and the Kingdom of God come to pass.  To me the Kingdom of God is the individual and this is why this theme is written about in the Bible.  It is about the individual,  It is not about the world, the country, the state, the political party, the sexual orientation, the race, or whatever group everyone is so ready to lump us into.  The individual is paramount to the Kingdom of God.

In verse three Micah tells us how the Kingdom of God will end wars and disputes, and he writes the poetic and much quoted line:

… and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks…

This line is not written to suggest that we should be sheep and follow the herd, in blind obedience to make the group become one.  No verse three and four are telling us what will come with the Kingdom of God, what will be when it comes, it will be individuals.

….every man under his vine and under his fig tree….

The individual will be free to seek righteousness and God.  The individual will be able to pursue his toil and find happiness.

….he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil….

This is the essence of the individual and this is the essence of the Bible and the Kingdom of God.

….and no one shall make them afraid….

When we realize that we are individuals, and each is responsible for themselves, we learn to separate and deal with that which we can control and that which is outside of our control.  We learn how to deal with all aspects of life and we learn how to survive without the aid of others.  Then we are not afraid.  We are not afraid of individuals, groups or governments.

These aforementioned verses, other verses in the Bible, the Bible and the Kingdom of God is about the individual. This kind of thinking scares the crap out of governments, and those who seek control and power over others, but that’s another post.

The individual is the hand of God.

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