What was the purpose of the “tree” in the garden of Eden?

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So Esther is asking, what was the purpose of the tree in the Garden of Eden?

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Yet another great question. Everybody has really good questions, so I’m a big fan of this question. And actually, by the way, I have made a video on this in Minecraft, so happy to send a link. So why the. And I guess the question first would be, Esther, which tree?

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Because there were actually two big trees that are named. And we see this in Genesis two, verse nine. It says, and out of the ground, the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst or middle of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. So you have these two trees, tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

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And the interesting thing about the Bible is, in almost every situation, the name tells you something very important. People don’t just have random names. Their names tell you about their character, about their story. Same thing with locations. So here we have the tree, the tree of life.

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What is its purpose? What does it do? And we see, for example, in Genesis three, Adam and Eve are getting kicked out. And then God says in verse 22, behold, man has become like one of us to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat and live forever, therefore, the Lord God sent him out of the Garden of Eden.

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So God had to cut man off from the tree of life so that man wouldn’t live forever. God doesn’t want people who are going to be sinners to forever continue to grow more and more and more evil. We’ll talk about it with another answer or two, but in a sense, we have our lifetime to sort of develop a relationship with God, get into alignment with him, with his help, and see if we actually are going to be fit to be in heaven. That’s kind of the broad plan. And we’ll touch on more.

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Francine, too, this touches on your question, but we’re kind of on a probation period in this life. Are we going to get our act together? Are we going with God’s help? Are we going to want to subject ourselves, submit ourselves to God’s rule, God’s law, which is the God’s law of love. And if so, then when we die, then we will have assurance that we’ll be risen on the day of judgment, or not exactly day of judgment, sorry, but at the second coming.

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So that’s the function of the tree of life. And if we go to the other bookend of the Bible, from the first book to now, the last book, we see a consistent theme here. Revelation 20, verse two. It says, in the middle of the street and on either side of the river, the river that goes through the holy city was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves were for the healing of the nations.

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And verse 14 says, blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city. So the tree of life is the mechanism by which man will live forever.

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He could choose to make us immortal. He could impart like the Holy Spirit, and by the Holy Spirit, keep us alive forever. But it’s kind of the tree of life that is the mechanism, according to the Bible, that we stay alive forever. We are not immortal. We do not have an immortal soul.

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That actually is modern greek philosophy, not actually biblical. And the tree of life, just like breathing, we always have to take another breath to live, having to go back. And eating the fruit from the tree of life is another perpetual reminder of our dependence on God. So it’s a beautiful thing. Now we go to the other tree in the book of Genesis, in the midst of the Garden of Eden, that is the tree of death, or you could say the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

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And this tree was to be a test. It was the ultimate test of Adam and Eve. They had no way of sinning, no way of knowing about sinning, except for one small area of vulnerability in sense, one way that Satan would have access to them to get Adam and Eve to join his side. So we have here Genesis 217. God’s telling Adam and Eve, but of all the trees of the knowledge, sorry, but of the tree of knowledge, of good and evil, you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.

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And I know a lot of people say, oh, come on, that’s such a hard test to avoid having to eat this fruit. But if you looked at the verse ahead of that one, God said, you could eat everything. I’ve made all these trees, all these plants, you could eat all these things except for just one tree. Don’t eat that. I’ve analogized it to, like, you go to school one day, you’re taking a quiz, and you have this big sheet of paper, and in the bottom right corner is one little circle.

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Sorry. The teacher says, don’t mark in this circle. And if you don’t write in that little circle, you get an a. And if you do write something in that circle, you get an f. And Adam and Eve wrote in that circle.

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I mean, all they had to do was not writing this, but they chose to eat of the fruit. And Eve was deceived. Eve had this decision to make. Do I believe God, who told me if I eat this, I’m going to die, that I’m mortal and that I could die if I eat this? Or should I believe the speaking serpent that I just met, who’s now telling me that what God said is a lie, that God is a liar and God wants to hold me back.

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God doesn’t have my best interests and that I need to take steps to better myself and eat of this fruit. And we know the story. Eve chose to not believe. God chose to believe the serpent, chose to align herself with the beast, with Satan. And since then, the human race has now been, in a sense, enslaved to Satan.

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We are now on his side, but God is still working one by one to bring us over to his side. And each and every one of us, in a sense, finds ourselves before the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And we can still take ourselves to the position where we can be tempted. Eve did not have to stand by that tree. She probably was warned not to go near there, but she did.

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And we too might put ourselves in positions where then we end up getting more tested than we would. And we’re being faced with loyalty tests in a sense. Are we loyal to God? Are we going to be loyal to Satan? And Satan says, indulge your pleasures, doubt God.

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I mean, all these things he puts into our ear. Do we want to believe those or do we again believe God? Do we have a relationship with God? And if we trust him, we’re actually loving God, because love trusts. And ultimately, Eve did not love God in that moment.

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She chose to love herself, take care of herself, betray God. And God then is jealous, right? He now has lost a relationship. Eve says, I now choose this serpent over the creator, who God gave her everything possible that she could have. Right?

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Same for Adam. And so this tree is just so loaded with meaning. So as I mentioned, it goes beyond just Adam and Eve. It has implications for us as and I challenge everybody. Start thinking in terms of where can you find the tree of knowledge of good and evil in your life today as well?

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