Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

What’s this Tree?

"If you love Me, you will keep My

commandments." John 14:15

What is this Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil?

I have often pondered on the nature of this tree of the knowledge of good and evil: was this some kind of spiritual tree that imparted some sort of intellectual awakening? Did the fruit have some 'magical' properties? Was it even a real fruit tree? Was it something that Satan planted, or did God create it? Well, according to Genesis 2:9, it would appear that God planted this tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden, and in Genesis 3:6, it would seem that this tree of the knowledge of good and evil was indeed a real fruit tree. So why would a God of lovingkindness plant a tree in the Garden of Eden that would be such a danger for all generations of humanity for thousands of years to come, not to mention the consequential need for the death of Jesus? There is a common practice among grape farmers : the practice of planting roses at the end of each row of vines. Both roses and vines are susceptible to a disease called 'mildew'; this disease can cause damage to the grape crop and the roses are able to alert the farmer to it's early stages, so that he may take appropriate action to protect his crop. I suspect this was the purpose of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It did not have any magical properties and the fruit would not give an ability to discern between good and evil, but it would reveal the early presence of evil within the heart of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were created to be under God's authority and in authority over creation, but at the Fall, Eve reversed the order and took authority upon herself to disobey God and obey the 'authority' of a created being. Having eaten of the fruit herself, she seemed to see the "proof" of Satan's words in that she did not seem to suffer any adverse consequences. Eve then gave the fruit to Adam also, causing him to disobey God as well. What is evil? As applied to mankind, I believe evil it is love turned inward. Man was created in the likeness of God, and God is love. Had Eve operated out of her love for God, she would have stood in faithfulness to Him, rejecting the words of Satan, and choosing not to eat the forbidden fruit. Jesus says, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." John 14:15 When asked what is the greatest command, Jesus answered and said, "  'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind'. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love your  neighbor as yourself'. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."  Matthew 22:37-40 Later, Jesus tells His disciples, "A new Commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you... By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13: 34-35   He also tells them : "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:14 Do you love God enough to obey Him even when obedience seems it will keep you from being everything you are told you could be?
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

What’s this Tree?

"If you love Me, you will keep My

commandments." John 14:15

What is this Tree of the Knowledge of Good

and Evil?

I have often pondered on the nature of this tree of the knowledge of good and evil: was this some kind of spiritual tree that imparted some sort of intellectual awakening? Did the fruit have some 'magical' properties? Was it even a real fruit tree? Was it something that Satan planted, or did God create it? Well, according to Genesis 2:9, it would appear that God planted this tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden, and in Genesis 3:6, it would seem that this tree of the knowledge of good and evil was indeed a real fruit tree. So why would a God of lovingkindness plant a tree in the Garden of Eden that would be such a danger for all generations of humanity for thousands of years to come, not to mention the consequential need for the death of Jesus? There is a common practice among grape farmers : the practice of planting roses at the end of each row of vines. Both roses and vines are susceptible to a disease called 'mildew'; this disease can cause damage to the grape crop and the roses are able to alert the farmer to it's early stages, so that he may take appropriate action to protect his crop. I suspect this was the purpose of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It did not have any magical properties and the fruit would not give an ability to discern between good and evil, but it would reveal the early presence of evil within the heart of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were created to be under God's authority and in authority over creation, but at the Fall, Eve reversed the order and took authority upon herself to disobey God and obey the 'authority' of a created being. Having eaten of the fruit herself, she seemed to see the "proof" of Satan's words in that she did not seem to suffer any adverse consequences. Eve then gave the fruit to Adam also, causing him to disobey God as well. What is evil? As applied to mankind, I believe evil it is love turned inward. Man was created in the likeness of God, and God is love. Had Eve operated out of her love for God, she would have stood in faithfulness to Him, rejecting the words of Satan, and choosing not to eat the forbidden fruit. Jesus says, "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." John 14:15 When asked what is the greatest command, Jesus answered and said, " 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind'. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love your  neighbor as yourself'. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."  Matthew 22:37-40 Later, Jesus tells His disciples, "A new Commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you... By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13: 34-35   He also tells them : "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."  John 15:14 Do you love God enough to obey Him even when obedience seems it will keep you from being everything you are told you could be?
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
Prev Next