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River of life

170324Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-5, NRSV)

Can you imagine what heaven will be like?

Just reading the description of what John saw in his vision of heaven from Revelation it is going to be a beautiful place where we walk on gold and see precious stones as gates and walls!

Because the most precious thing there is God, and we will always be in His presence.

And yet we still have the tree of life with its 12 kinds of fruits! The tree of the knowledge of good and evil only had one fruit, but the tree of life has many, one for each month!

And we can eat from it all we want!

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In mass…

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-5, NRSV)

The river of life flows and on either side of the river is the tree of life!

The tree that we were removed from in the Garden of Eden has returned and not just as 1 tree, but in mass quantities!

Growing and thriving with its 12 kind of fruit!

Everything that is evil has been removed and only God and His children will live forever in the New Jerusalem!

So worry not, we will see the Tree of Life!

 

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Which tree?

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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2 trees or not 2 trees – that is the question

We get so hung up on the fruit and the tree and the serpent being the devil and a bunch of stuff that we learned in Sunday School that simply isn’t in the Bible.

I wonder sometimes why the apple got the short straw on being the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Was this because the apple was known to the youth and it was easy to talk about the fruit being an apple. Even today on the Christian radio station I listen to I heard a song that talked about the apple being the fruit Eve and Adam ate. The Bible does not say what the fruit was, it was simply on the tree in the middle of the Garden…

And how many trees were there? Yes this is a ridiculous question. No one knows how many trees there were in the Garden of Eden. However I really mean how many special trees were there in the Garden of Eden? And as I type this I think I emphatically know the answer, but I am wrong. We do not know how many special trees there are either.  It is not stated in the Bible how many special trees there are but there is something there that many of us overlook or forget or were never taught.

Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work 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 flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:22-24 ESV)

Now that man is like us we have to get them out of the garden so they don’t eat from the tree of life and live forever! After eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil the Genesis story tells us that man and woman were just like God except God lives for ever and man does not. So if they would have eaten from the tree of life, they would have been exactly like God. So there are at least 2 trees that are special in the Garden of Eden, and the tree of life is now guarded by flaming spinning sword bearing Cherubim. (Cherubim are scary enough from the description of the in the Bible, I’m not sure why they need the flaming spinning swords!)

So what is true? Is the apple the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil as we have been taught? Is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil the only special tree in the Bible as we have been taught?

I guess the question for the day shouldn’t be 2 trees or not 2 trees, but why do we cling to what we have been taught when it does not jive with the Biblical witness? Why do we claim to know the truth of God when we do not even really know what His word says?

Dear daddy God, please help us to give up our knowledge and to live and stay in the realness of you, and to be led in your path and go out doing your mission. Guide us in your mercy and love to show forth your grace. Amen

 

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Books…

The book of Life is the book we read about in Revelation 20. It tells us that anyone whose name is not written in this book will be thrown into the lake of fire…

We have to do the correct things to get our name in the book of life. We will be judged by what we have done. As Lutherans we believe we are held in God’s hand by grace and it is not by works that we are saved, yet Revelation 20 tells us differently…

But it also says there are other books that are opened. They are not named but books are opened…

Makes me think about the trees in the garden of Eden… There are many trees, but there are 2 special trees… The tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree at the center of the garden that God tells Adam and Eve to not eat from. And then at the end of Genesis 3 we hear about the other tree, the reason for humanities expulsion from the garden, the tree of eternal life. We could have been just like God if we would have eaten from the tree of eternal life, having the knowledge of good and evil…

But we have to watch what we do so we are judged good, or we can have faith in he promises of God and know that Jesus paid the price for us… Or we can worry about the other books listed in Revelation 20 and what they could mean for us… Or we can hope in the unseen things and have faith in the promises of God.

 

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