About two trees in the middle of garden of Eden

Posted by admin on 13 October 2013 in Genesis |

In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:9b)

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was forbidden tree which would bring death if eaten (Genesis 2:17).

Before temptation & sin, 

This tree gave them following knowledge:

It is "good' if they do not eat from the tree and it is "evil" if they eat from the tree.

After temptation & sin,

This tree gave them

experimental knowledge of 'good' they lost and 'evil' they experienced.

the independent mind to decide what is good and bad without reference to God[1].

But, the consequence of sin (disobedience to God) was death (Genesis 3:19).

If your knowledge prevents you from coming to Christ, think of whether it is because you choose independence from God and choose the tree of knowledge of good & evil instead of the tree of life.

2 Cor 10:3-6 says

3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 6 And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

 

Choose life.

 

References

[1] Reyburn, W. D., & Fry, E. M. (1998). A handbook on Genesis (pp. 65–66). New York: United Bible Societies.

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