Two Trees

   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 (NASB)

    …but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”    Genesis 2:17 (NASB)

Each of us still have these two trees to choose from. Eating the fruit from each tree has a very different outcome. I am not speaking about literal food, although that is very important as well. I am speaking about the food we feed our minds and spirits on that affect the way we think and in turn affects the way we speak, the way we behave, our emotions, our relationships and our world view. Among all the other tress God put two specific trees in the Garden of Eden and told us that we would die if we ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The Tree of Life is Jesus. We find this Tree at the beginning of the Bible here in the Book of Genesis and at the end in Revelation 22. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end. He is the Word that became flesh. He is the Bread of Life. Jesus said we are to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. When we partake of the bread during the Lord’s Supper we symbolize feeding on the Bread (Tree) of Life who is Jesus. Feeding on the Tree of Life begins by receiving Christ Jesus as Lord, this is the beginning of life the way God intended for us to experience it.

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is the only tree that God told us not to eat from. God said that we would die the day we eat from this tree. Death was not God’s original plan for man and one day it will be the last enemy conquered forever. The aging process and eventual physical death is a reminder of the affect of sin and consequence of eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

It is interesting that God did not name this tree “right” and “wrong”. God said that He sets before us life and death, not right and wrong. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, … Deuteronomy 30:19 (NASB). The Tree of Life is abundant life. Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to give life and that life more abundant. The word for life is the Greek word zoe. Zoe is the same life that is in God and the same life that Jesus had when He walked the earth. That is the type and quality of life we can possess by feeding on the Tree of Life who is Jesus.

The consequence of eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is death which stands in contrast to zoe, the abundant life Jesus came to give us. When Adam and Eve ate from this tree they experienced immediate consequences of death. Both of their eyes were opened to their nakedness which now caused them to cover up and hide parts of their life. They lost innocence, purity and transparency. They became afraid of God. They both began playing the blame game, using excuses and not taking responsibility for their actions. Adam blamed God and Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. Blame, shame, guilt and fear were all immediate consequences of eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. There were more consequences, among them was pain in child birth for women, pain in raising children, husbands ruling over their wives, work would become much more difficult. Men would work harder and produce less. A curse was released in the earth that affected all of creation. Then there was physical death which would include sickness and disease. This and so much more all resulted from eating from the tree God said not to eat from.

The serpent deceives us by getting us to focus our attention on the “good” part of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil as he did with Eve. Eve saw that the fruit was good for food, a delight to the eyes and desirable to make one wise so she took and ate. The serpent didn’t use blatant evil to tempt her to sin but what appeared “good” and what seemed right and desirable. In the same way Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, with “good” things like food, safety and the kingdoms of the earth, (that God would give to Him at a later time). Things that appear good, right and desirable may not provide or produce life but actually cause death. Living life in a state of death is what God wants to save us from.

God sets before us life and death and He suggests we choose life and tells us what will happen if we don’t. It is our choice, He doesn’t choose for us.

What are you feeding on? Is it producing life or death? Choose life, it is so much better!

Joe Nicola

My book can be purchased here: Ekklesia; The Government of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth