Eden means delightful, restful or idylillic. In this garden are two trees one is the “Tree of Life”, the other is the “Tree of Knowledge of good and evil”. Genesis 2:9 “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 2:16-17 “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
For man to make this choice, man had to have the ability to think and have free choice BUT THIS “FREE CHOICE” WAS ONLY TRULY FREE BEFORE THE FALL,AFTER THE FALL THERE WAS NO MORE “FREE” ONLY A CHOICE BECAUSE NOW CHOICES WERE DECIDED BETWEEN TWO SPIRITUAL FORCES: GOOD & EVIL. This is why God did not want man to “freely choose”sin because that was his last “FREE CHOICE” ALL CHOICES AFTER THAT ONE HAVE BEEN “ENSLAVED CHOICES” BOUND TO FLESHLY DESIRES & IMPURE THOUGHTS! It is the “TEMPTATION TO DO AS WE FEEL”THAT RULES US NOT THE “FREEDOM OF GOD’S RULE” WHICH ADAM & EVE HAD BEFORE THE FALL. Turn to Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, [and] that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he [is] thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” Receive “full abundant and rewarding LIFE”.
We live with choices we make, just look at Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” In Genesis 3:1-5 Satan enters the scene, turn if you will and read: “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
The most “subtle” aspect of Satan’s argument eating the “fruit” would make one wise. Satan offered another way to gain knowledge. He knew this would cutoff man from God,(Just as his LAST “FREE CHOICE” CUT HIM OFF FROM FELLOWSHIP FROM HIS GOD.) he knew the end result would be no happiness and wisdom but “shame”. Turn to Genesis 3:7 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were] naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons( WORKS TO COVER FOR BAD CHOICES). 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou [wast] naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat ? And the LORD God said unto the woman, What [is] this [that] thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat ,and So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” God revealed truth with The Tree of Life,THIS TREE embodied God’s Way. Instruction given – gift of eternal life; with this there will be peace, love, no sin, no death, no pain.WHAT GOD INTENDED TO HAPPEN WAS FOR ADAM & EVE TO EAT OF ETERNAL LIFE AND NEVER TOUCH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL FOR IN DOING THIS MAN & WOMAN WOULD HAVE LIVED FOREVER IN A PERFECT STATE OF PURE KNOWLEDGE OF THE THINGS OF GOD JUST AS GOD ENJOYS BEING HIS SONS & DAUGHTERS! This is the state that the New Heavens and Earth will be in,in the future state after the renovation of all things.YOU SEE GOD WANTED US TO KNOW GOOD FROM EVIL BUT NOT THE WAY IN WHICH ADAM CHOOSE IT,GOD WANTED US TO KNOW ABOUT IT FROM A “REVELATION” STANDPOINT NOT FROM AN EXPERIMENTAL EXPERIENCE! WE DO NOT NEED TO BECOME A PIG TO KNOW WHAT A PIG IS!
In Jude 1:7 it says “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over (BAD CHOICES LEAD) to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”THE Way of Cain IS greed, oppression, exploitation, rejection of God and His teachings, BUT the end result is eternal separation from “FREEDOM OF REAL CHOICE! before the fall IT was painless WITH NO difficulty,BUT THE Outcome of generations of “bad” decisions and deception trigger MORE BAD CHOICES TO BE MADE,THE LONGER WE LANGUISH IN SIN THE DEEPER WE SINK IN OUR BAD “CHOICES”.
Jesus prophesied His coming would be “as the Day of Noah”. Matthew 24:37-39 “But as the days of Noah [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.” There is a better way- God’s Way, Christ is that “Way”. Look up Revelation 22:14 “Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:1-2 “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.” Christ will “restore”, H is our “free access” for all mankind.
Revelation 5:10 “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
Isaiah 11:9 “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”
Other scripture to study on this are listed:
Acts 2:38, Proverbs 3:8, 11:30, 13:12, Revelation 2:7, Matthew 3:10, 17-19, Romans 8:11, Ezekiel 152, Proverbs 154
Jesus hung on a tree REPRESENTING THE “KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL” OUR BAD CHOICES so HE COULD reclaim OUR LIVES,HIS BLOOD PURIFIED THAT TREES FRUIT AND RECLAIMED IT AS THE “Tree of Life” AND GAVE it back to us as a NEW CHOICE through His death. For us to partake of. Galatians 3:13 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree” It was the “knowledge of good & evil” that got us into trouble, NOW GOD HAS SOLVED THE PROBLEM IN HIS DEATH FOR BY STEPPING INTO HIS DEATH WE INHERIT HIS RESURRECTION LIFE INTO OUR FRAIL BODIES AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OF MENTAL RECONSTRUCTION (MIND RENEWAL).
More than thirty different kinds of trees are named in the Bible: In addition to the majestic Cedars of Lebanon extolled in the Old Testament as building material for Solomon’s Temple, there are also the Olive Tree and Fig Tree emphasized in the New Testament.
Now it’s the Saints, the born-again believers (‘trees of righteousness’) who are building the spiritual temple!
Had Adam eaten of the Tree of Life, he would have lived forever (Gen. 3:22-24). It symbolized the Lord Jesus Christ who is our life, from whom we have eternal life. Christ is to all who believe a Tree of Life planted in the midst of the paradise of God (Prov. 3:18; Rev. 2:7; 22:102). To trust the Lord Jesus Christ, to live by faith upon the merits of his blood atonement and his perfect righteousness, is to eat of the Tree of Life. The fruit of this Tree, the results of Christ’s obedience to God as the sinner’s Substitute, is eternal life. All who eat of the fruit of this Tree shall live forever.
However, the Lord also placed another tree in the midst of the garden. It was “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.” The moment that Adam ate of the fruit of that tree, he died. He died spiritually,and was condemned to die eternally, and began to die physically. These things are recorded in the Book of God by the Holy Spirit for our learning and for our edification. There are several important, spiritual lessons to be learned by contrasting and comparing “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” to the cursed tree upon which the Son of God was crucified. Read Acts 5:30 and 1 Peter 2:24.
SOME POINTS OF CONTRAST.
There are six obvious points of contrast between The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. There is as much to be learned from the disparity between the type and its fulfillment as there is from the comparison of the type and the anti-type.
1. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was planted by God (Gen. 2:9); but the tree upon which Christ was crucified was made and set in its place by man (Matt. 27:33-35).
It is true – Christ was delivered to death by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:23). God almighty fixed the time of his death, the means of his death, the place of his death, the object of his death, and the results of his death. But human hands devised and erected the cruel tree on Golgotha’s hill, stretched out the Lord of glory upon it, and crucified him. It is written, “And they crucified him!” The death of Christ was by the will, decree, purpose, and hand of God the Father; but the guilt of it lies entirely upon us. It was by the will, the hands, and the work of men that the incarnate God was nailed to the cursed tree.
2. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was pleasant to the eyes (Gen. 3:6); but everything connected with the tree of the crucifixion was hideous, repugnant, and ignominious.
Though it would be idolatrous to do so, were it possible for an artist to capture the scene of our Lord’s crucifixion on canvas, no one would want the picture hanging in his home. The scene was horrible Our suffering Savior looked more like a violently slaughtered beast than a man (Isa. 52:14; Psa. 22:11-22). Drunks and priests, thieves and scribes, harlots and Pharisees, Roman soldiers and Jewish rabbis joined in a hellish party, taunting, and jeering, and laughing as they slaughtered the incarnate God. For three hours, darkness covered the face of the earth. The Son of God, when he was made to be sin for us, he was forsaken by his Father. Quivering in pain, burning with fever, covered with blood, with the reproach of being made sin for us breaking his heart, the Son of God died upon the cursed tree, being made a curse for us. Thus he redeemed his elect from the curse of the law.
3. God forbade man to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 2:17); but every man is freely bidden, and even commanded, to eat of the fruit of that tree upon which the Savior died WHY? Because his blood was the pure blood of God which ETERNALLY PURIFIED THE VESSELS OF GOD.
Do not mistake my meaning….. There is no value, or merit, in that wooden cross upon which Christ died. We do not value the physical cross or Tree, at all. If I knew I had it in my possession, I would burn it and scatter the ashes to the wind for it would be nothing more than an IDOL. But there is infinite merit in the sacrifice him who died upon the cross. The fruits of our Savior’s death upon the tree are priceless. God himself calls sinners to eat of the fruit of this tree. He tells us, “All things are ready, Come.” “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” The leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations, the healing of God’s elect scattered throughout all the nations of the world. It will be alright to use your imagination a little. Can you see the leaves on the tree? I see in the cross, in the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ all that is needed for the healing of our souls from all the consequences of sin. In the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, we find atonement made, justice satisfied, righteousness brought in, forgiveness obtained, and eternal life secured for chosen sinners.
4. Satan used every cunning device to get man to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen. 3:1-6); but he uses every cunning device imaginable to keep sinners from eating of the fruits of Christ’s death upon the tree of crucifixion.THROUGH VAIN DECEIT AND FALSE WORSHIP OF IDOL GODS,BY DENYING THE VERY DEATH OF CHRIST UPON THE CROSS ITSELF (ISLAM) AND BY MAKING CHRIST A MERE MORTAL WITH NO SAVING POWER AT ALL,BUT REALIZE THAT NO MAN CAN CHANGE WHAT GOD HAS DONE BY “DENIAL” HELL WILL HOTTER FOR THOSE WHO DENY WHAT THEY PLAINLY SEE!
The liar from hell deceives sinners, who are all willing to be deceived, by flattering their flesh. He persuades men and women universally that they do not need a substitute, that they are really good enough to meet with God’s approval, that God would not really send them to hell.(OH! BUT HE WILL) With cunning craftiness, he makes men and women think they are smart, too smart to believe God, so smart that they imagine all of what God says to be superstition and hypocrisy, because they are superstitious hypocrites themselves-RELIGION IS ALL THESE THINGS AND MORE BUT WE WOULD RATHER BELIEVE IT THAN GOD’S WORD!
5. The eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil brought death to Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:17); but life comes to all who eat the flesh and drink the blood of him who died upon the cursed tree (John 6:53-56). Now don’t get your “FLESH UP” THIS IS NOT CANNIBALISM, BUT IT IS LITERAL SPIRITUAL TRUTH!
Christ’s flesh, his obedience to God in the body of human flesh, is righteousness. His blood, the pouring out of his life’s blood unto death, is atonement (AT-ONE-MENT ). To eat his flesh and drink his blood is to receive him by faith, thus receiving his righteousness and his atonement.
6. Adam, as a thief ( BECAUSE HE STOLE THIS KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT EARNING THE RIGHT TO IT BY GOING THOUGH GOD’S WILL OF ETERNAL LIFE), by eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, was cast out of Paradise (Gen. 3:24); but the penitent thief, by eating of the fruit of the tree of crucifixion, entered Paradise (Lk. 23:39-43).
The only time recorded in the Scriptures our Savior used the word “Paradise” during his earthly ministry was in his promise to the penitent thief. It was not accidental. Like the penitent thief, all believers are reconciled to God and shall be brought into eternal Paradise, by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. As he confessed his sin and just condemnation, so do we. As he acknowledged Christ as his Lord, so do we. As he trusted the mercy and grace of Christ the Lord, so do we. As he obtained the favor of the Lord by faith in him, so do we. As he is with Christ in Paradise, so we soon shall be.
SOME MARKS OF SIMILARITY.
I have shown you the points of contrast between the tree in the garden and the cross of Christ. Now, let me show you some of the marks of similarity between these two trees.
1. Both trees were planted in a garden (John 19:41). The first Adam died in a garden; and the last Adam died in a garden.
2. Both trees were planted in the midst of the garden (Gen. 2:9; John 19:18).
Our Lord Jesus Christ died as our Substitute in the midst of the world, and in the midst of two thieves, dividing the one from the other. So it is the TREE of Christ, his blood atonement, that divides all men. The blood of Christ alone is that which distinguishes God’s elect from the reprobate. And our Lord Jesus was crucified in the midst of time. His death was the crisis of the world. When the fullness of the Jews was finished, as the fullness of the Gentiles began, the Son of God died at Calvary to ransom the Israel of God. This day and forever, it is the cross of Christ, which is the Tree of Life planted in the midst of the heavenly paradise (Rev. 22:2), as the center and glory of all things.
3. Both trees were trees of the knowledge of good and evil.
There is only one place in all the world where sinners, such as we can learn the knowledge of good and evil. These things are learned by divine revelation at the cross. There, as we look to Christ in faith, we see the goodness of God and the holiness of God, the love of God and the wrath of God, the grace of God and the justice of God, the mercy of God and the truth of God. And it is only as we look to Christ in faith, trusting him as our crucified Savior, that we begin to see the evil of sin, the wickedness of man, and the utter depravity of our own hearts. It is looking on him whom we have pierced that melts our hearts to repentance (Zech. 12:10). And it is only in the light of Christ crucified that we discern good from evil in providence. For God’s elect all things are good. For the unbeliever, all things are evil (Pro. 12:21; Isa. 3:10-11).
4. Both trees are good for food (Gen. 3:6).
The cross of Christ – I mean the doctrine of the cross, the Gospel, is the very meat and marrow of the believer’s life. It is good for food for our souls! How pleasant it is to the eyes of faith! In the crucified Christ, in the doctrine of the cross, we see our sins blotted out. We see how that God is, indeed, both perfectly just and the Justifier of every believer. Truly, this is “a tree to be desired to make one wise!” The preaching of the cross is the power of God and the wisdom of God. It makes the believing sinner wise unto salvation.
The cross of Christ was to our dear Savior a cursed tree (Gal. 3:13), but to us a tree of blessing, a curse removed. As Abraham’s guest was urged to take water and refreshment and find rest “under the tree” (Gen. 18:4), so in the gospel weary sinners are bidden of God to take water and refreshment and find rest for their souls under the cross. As Abraham and his guest stood together “under the tree” (Gen. 18:8), so the triune God and believing sinners stand together in the cross of Christ. As the tree cast into Marah’s bitter waters made the waters sweet (Ex. 15:23-25), so the cross of Christ cast into our bitter lives makes them sweet. With the inspired apostle, every believer ought to make this firm resolve – “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ!” BUT REMEMBER WITHOUT THE “EMPTY TOMB” THE CROSS WOULD MEAN NOTHING,THEREFORE THE EMPTY TOMB IS THE TRUE SYMBOL OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH FOR THE CROSSES WORK IS REALIZED IN THE EMPTY TOMB!