Seduced or Saved?
This is no fairy tale. But - once upon a time, a time well before man measured time, there were two significant trees, the only two trees named in Genesis 2 - the second one contradicted the first.
They were both in Eden. One offered life, the other offered unseen death. Today this is still the same - one saves you, the other seduces you.
The first tree is called the Tree of Life, the second is named the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil.
Each tree measures life differently, for the second tree has always been contrarian to the first. It will be destroyed. It is not part of the new heaven and new earth, the Tree of Life is.
The Tree of Life measures all of life and its actions by the plumb line of righteousness and justice. These it teaches and these it will return to earth at the great assize.
The Tree of Knowledge of good and evil measures life by the abundance of knowledge and popularity, all the while it seeds factious debate. (There will always be argument while both good and evil are taught.)
It splashes righteousness as blood in the streets, and justice flows down the drains.
The first tree seeks peace and not argument (for that too is the nature of righteousness), while the second tree seeks only victory.
This second tree seeks to assert itself, while the first tree pursues humility and the benefit of another.
The first tree acts without prejudice, with truth and faithfulness as its bed partners.
The second tree acts for itself, thus indulgence and guile share its pillow.
The first tree teaches worship to the only God of the heavens.
The second tree teaches worship to the false god of me.
Choose carefully which tree you eat of, recognise the tree by the fruits it bears in your life and soul. For, the second one seduces us and only the first one can save us.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you must not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. (Genesis 2:15-17)
Today's Soul Snippet:
'When Christians eat too long at the Tree of Knowledge they torch the Tree of Life'. ~ Michael Cartwright
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