God often used common objects to teach important spiritual truths, and in this text, He uses a basket of summer (ripe) fruit. Just as this fruit was ripe for eating, the nation of Israel was ripe for judgment. There comes a time when God’s long-suffering runs out & His judgment comes. Can a person become so enslaved by sin that they would never seek to repent? Can a person become so hardened toward God that no matter what happened they would never turn away from their sin and trust the Lord? Is this really possible? This text tells us that the answer to all of this is a frightening YES!