Saturday, January 6, 2007

The Two Trees in the Garden

The Two Trees (Part 1)

“And out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:9)

I have often wondered about the two trees in the Garden of Eden. What roles did both trees play? What are/were their significance?

My constant curiosity of this important topic has led me to Rick Joyner’s Book – There were Two Trees in the Garden.

In Chapter 1 of this book, the Author described these two trees as the ones “which challenged the course of the entire human race”.

He also purports that God’s intention in putting the two trees in the midst of Eden with a warning not to eat from the tree of life. Was not done on a whim but rather by warning as the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was poisonous.

I would think that the most logical question which arises is why would the most omnipotent God, the great I am create such a fruit? At this point it would be easy to say to say that the Lord’s ways are higher than our ways, but that would seem to be a cop out.

A while back I clearly remember reading that God’s purpose for man was indeed to bring him into the knowledge of good and evil. This being done through a process, the end result being a matured person, who having come to such knowledge is able to handle this information or power responsibly. This being having come to such knowledge chooses life, chooses not to sin but to live righteously before the Lord.

For which one of us places a loaded gun into the hands of a child. You see God’s intention was and still is that man would serve him and fellowship with him.

Can one really think that God was surprised when Adam ate of the fruit? I say a resounding NO! For Revelations 13:8 speaks of the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the earth. This being the same Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of man and gives life abundantly.

Can we then say that it is the Christ who is the tree of life? If so, then Satan is the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

We are, therefore, from one or the other lineage. One only has to look at the fruits born of each.

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