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Which tree?

18 Jun

The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the LORD God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a sword flaming and turning to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:14-24, NRSV)

Because the serpent did this, it is cursed among animals, and crawls on its belly…

Because the woman did this, child-birth is painful…

Because the man did this he will toil and live by the sweat of his brow…

That is what we see when we read this. Who is to blame…

But isn’t there more to this?

How many trees were there in the Garden of Eden?

Ok trick question there were a lot of trees in the garden. But how many “special” trees were there?

1?

2?

There was the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, which is the tree Adam and Eve were told not to eat from, and they did.

But they are removed from the garden, which is the death they were told would happen, when they are removed from the presence of God, so they may not eat of the Tree of Life.

There were at least 2 special trees, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life.

Adam and Eve were removed from the garden after eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil so they might not eat from the Tree of Life and become just like God.

They were never told not to eat from the Tree of Life…

So take from the Tree of Life, and let Jesus be your guide and light. Live in the grace that God gives us.

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One response to “Which tree?

  1. Bob Johbson

    2015/06/18 at 08:24

    As you wander on through life, whatever be your goal always keep your eye upon the donut & not upon the hole. At first it doesn’t make a lot of sense but as a 7 year old girl explained to her father, the fruit God gave Adam & Eve is the donut & the fruit the devil offered is the hole, so always keep your eye upon the donut & not upon the hole!

     

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