New Defender's Study Bible Notes
8:1 basket of summer fruit. This vision of fruit at the end of summer symbolized the imminent end of Israel’s production of spiritual fruit.
8:9 go down at noon. This at first seems to describe a solar eclipse, and such an eclipse seems to have been recorded at 631 B.C. However, this was long after the deportation of Israel. Actually, this prophecy and its context seems to be for a still future time in Israel’s history, and to describe a supernatural event, rather than a natural phenomenon like an eclipse. Possibly it refers to the supernatural darkness when Israel’s Messiah was crucified (Matthew 27:45) and the even greater dispersion that would follow that climactic event in history.
8:11 hearing the words. It is an amazing fact that, in the land where God’s Word was revealed, and where His living Word became incarnate, there ensued a famine of Scriptural teaching for almost two thousand years—a famine only slightly relieved even to this day.