Genesis 1:1-“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…”
Each and every one of us have read/heard/said these words in our lifetime. At its root, it is the starting context of our world–a world that was created by God. As I sit and write this, the snow is gently falling from the sky above and I am reminded of His perfection and beauty all around us.
The book of Genesis is often overlooked as fable stories or only taught to children during Sunday School. Yes the story of God creating the earth in six days and resting on the seventh seems like a mythological story rather than historical truth BUT for this piece I am writing, lets take a look at the creation of Man and how God intended for us all to live. As Proverbs 25:2 states, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.”
So lets search it out.
Genesis 1:31, And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Genesis 2:8-9, Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Why would God create a perfect world, but then also create a tree called the Knowledge of Good and Evil? Did you ever notice that there was another tree called the tree of Life? Both trees were in God’s eyes “Very Good”.
Genesis 2:15-17, Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 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.”
This is what we know:
- God created the heavens and the earth
- God created man in his image
- God says everything in creation is very good
- God placed two trees in the middle of the garden
- Tree of life
- Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (K.G.E)
- God tells man to not eat from the Tree of K.G.E
Within God’s creation, there is only one thing that can cause us to die which is achieved through the eating of the tree of K.G.E.
Let’s breakdown why the tree of K.G.E causes us to die then. It wasn’t the act of Eve eating the apple from this tree that causes sin to enter the world–this is the misconception and the teaching you will hear in churches. I have heard some pastors explain that this is why husbands need to keep an eye on their wives (which leads me to ask, why was Adam away from his wife in the first place allowing her to wander around alone…but that is for a different post).
The tree of K.G.E causes us to die, because the tree represents the Law. What allows a person to know what is right and wrong? The Law. What causes someone to live in freedom or life behind bars in prison? The Law. How do you define individuals who abide by the law? Law abiding citizens. How do you define individuals who break the Law? Criminals.
God had to provide us the free will to either chose life with him or dictate our own fate by upholding his Law on our own efforts. God placed Adam and Eve in Eden with two significant trees and they decided to partake in the tree that would ultimately bring Law to this world. Knowing what is good and evil is not sin in itself–however it creates the ability to have sin brought into this world. Without Law, there is no standard of what is right or wrong thus we can live in freedom.
Genesis 3:22-24, Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.
By reading this passage, we can conclude that eating from the Tree of Life would have created everlasting life. Could you imagine living forever in a world where the Law governs and sin can reign? God in all his glory and mercy knew this was not his desire and disallowed humans to live in immortality with this possibility.
I suppose you are starting to connect the dots. How does God ultimately bring freedom, salvation, forgiveness, grace and the opportunity for eternal life? Through his Son Jesus Christ.
Reading through scripture, I can firmly state that God is symbolic and uses metaphors along with imagery to explain His nature and purpose. I believe the Tree of Life in the garden of Eden was a representation of the one to come–Jesus Christ.
In fact, the very first sentence of Revelation states, “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place…” The Tree of Life only appears in Genesis and in Revelation which is remarkable.
For those who have accepted Christ as savior and lead a life worthy unto Him, then symbolically, we have all ate of the Tree of Life and have been granted eternal life. Romans is a wonderful book and I encourage each of you to read through it.
Romans 6:14, For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.
Romans 5:17, For if, by the trespass of the one man (Adam), death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
My desire is that you can begin to slowly see that it is not your “sin” that causes you to have separation from Christ, it is the world that we live in that is governed by Law that causes you to be separated from Christ. Thanks be to God, that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him can have eternal life and live under his grace rather than law!
Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us…”
Galatians 3: 23-25 says, “Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian”.
Living with this in mind, you can now be free of the burden of sin, and live a life full of the fruits of the spirit. Once you taste the Tree of Life, you will continue to want more.
I hope the story of Adam and Eve and of Genesis allows you to connect the dots to the salvation of Christ. There is always a beginning to a story, and the story of Christ starts right there…in Genesis.
If you would like to review some key principles from Genesis, please click below!
I enjoy teaching on principles that God provides because it can expand on the stories within the bible to teach us how to live. Here are a few principles that I have extracted from Genesis.
- God’s intention was for humans to live in partnership with Him. God created the animals, but he called Adam to name them. God created the earth, but instructed Adam to subdue the earth.
- God will often speak to us and tell us what NOT to do, but expects us to pray and ask God to direct us to what we SHOULD do. For example, God instructed Adam to not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God could have easily told Adam to EAT from the Tree of Life, but He didn’t.
- We need to have strong communication and interaction with our spouses. Men, I am putting more emphasis on you to teach, cover, and lead the way for your household. When the serpent came to Eve, he said to her, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Then Eve replied, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die’.” From the looks of it, it sounds like Adam didn’t fully explain God’s command to Eve. I say this because God told them not to eat from the Tree of K.G.E that was in the middle of the garden, but he did not restrict the Tree of Life. In Eve’s response, she says that she can’t eat from any tree in the middle of the garden. Therefore I encourage husbands to revel to your spouses God’s instruction to your home in full detail.
Please share and comment if you received new knowledge from this blog post.
Until next time.
**For further personal growth, read through the first couple chapters of Genesis, take time to read through Romans, Galatians and Ephesians and ask God to expand your understanding of his word.