The Two Trees

We recently began a new Bible study and are currently in the book of Genesis. There has been much discussion of the  "tree of knowledge of good and evil" mentioned in Genesis: And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant 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. -Genesis 2:9 This 'tree of knowledge of good and evil' was created by God. Let us look at another type of 'tree,' the cross of our Lord Jesus. This one was created by man: The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. -Acts 5:30 Also, let's read 1 Peter 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. We know that the first tree was nice to look at and obviously very enticing. We also know that God forbade Adam and Eve from eating its fruit. Because of that, Satan used his usually trickery to get Eve [and then Adam] to partake of it, causing the fall. The second tree, the cross of our Lord, is another matter. God wants us to partake of that tree, giving us eternal life with him because of the sacrifice that Jesus made when He was hung upon. In a reversal of roles, Satan does all he can to keep us from it.

One of the group attendees brought up an interesting idea from an author later identified to as A.W. Pink, who in his book Gleanings in Genesis (part of a series of 'Gleanings' books on different parts of the Bible) discusses how certain things are compared and contrasted; further, he believed the Holy Spirit prompts us to look at these hidden gems. I cannot help but agree. I am glad to have made the acquaintance of this author's writings and am grateful my friend brought it up. The thoughts I have expressed above came from that book and, I think, bared repeating.


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