Throw Back Series 13 is about fruit. This was posted just prior to our leaving for the Pacific Rim. Little did we know we would be standing in a room, with almost 100 people, describing what the last sentence in this post meant. I hope you enjoy and are encouraged!
The Garden of Eden.
I wish I could’ve seen it. Well, not really. I would be really old if I would have been able to see it! But the stories we have heard about the Garden of Eden have been tremendous!
What have you heard?
Beautiful plants? Friendly animals? Flowing rivers? Two peas in a pod?
Pristine. Calm. Holy.
The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. 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 knowledge of good and evil. Now a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four rivers…Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
Genesis 2:8-10, 15 (NASB)
Hmmm. Sounds like a pretty cool spot! From what Scripture tells us, there was only one rule. Not a Gazillion! Not Ten. Not Two.
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 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 2:16-17 (NASB)
That’s it. One rule. Don’t eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (TKGE). Every other tree is perfectly fine for nutrition.
Even the Tree of Life.
The Tree of LIFE. It’s available. It’s an option. It’s in the midst of the garden and can be consumed!
I don’t know what Adam was thinking. I don’t know what Eve was thinking. However, a few verses later the story of the serpent and Eve happens. Eve gets tempted by the serpent in regards to the fruit of the tree that’s in the middle of the garden. The fruit from the TKGE. She noticed some things about the fruit from the TKGE that was in the middle of her area:
It was good for consumption.
It was attractive.
It would help one become more knowledgeable about what is right and wrong.
She took the fruit from the TKGE and ate it. And gave it to Adam who was with her.
Now they knew they were naked! Why? How?
The fruit from the TKGE.
Does this sound like anything familiar to you? Have you ever noticed something that was so obvious to you that it seemed to be in the MIDDLE of your life?
Was that thing GOOD for consumption?
Was that thing ATTRACTIVE?
Did that thing help you gain KNOWLEDGE about right and wrong?
I was talking with some friends yesterday and we discussed how fruit from the TKGE isn’t necessarily bad fruit. It’s close. It’s good. It’s attractive. It gives knowledge.
We then talked about fruit from the tree of LIFE.
Right and wrong, doing things to grow my faith, meeting with certain people on a certain day to talk about a certain thing to gain a certain understanding because that’s tradition…All of these things are close, good, attractive, educational. However, what would it look like if I truly committed to living, to being?
What if I ate from the tree of LIFE instead of the TKGE?
What would change?
Would I get caught up in lists and to-do items so that I can grow in my faith? Or would I just abide? Be? Live?
What would you change?
“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” – Jesus