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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Tree of Life In The Garden Of Eden

I make no bones about being a Christian and although by no means a biblical scholar, I consider myself a student. I have always been fascinated by the story of our beginnings in the garden Of Eden and especially the (2) primary trees located there which were "The Tree Of Life" and "The Tree Of The knowledge Of Good And Evil".

I used to think, wow, if I had been Adam, I would never have eaten of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Look at all the misery I would have saved the human race. Of course I know that I would have sinned and so would you. We are all sinners and have ALL fallen short of the Glory of God.

None-the-less it is interesting to have a working knowledge of the Tree Of Life as it will play a significant role in your future if you have made the Lord Jesus Christ, your Lord and Saviour and accepted His substitutionary death on the cross for the remission of your sins. If you have never done that, I encourage you to do it today. The bible says that TODAY is the day of salvation, NOT tomorrow. Tomorrow may not come for you in this life. No one has a lease on life.

For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (II Corinthians 6:2)

Let's get on to the Tree Of Life. Here is a link that says it better than I can by trying to RE-invent the wheel:



This was the perfect home for man. It was created before sin. It's beauty was perfect. The lush vegetation contained fruit trees never before known to man.
A river is said to "wander" through the Biblical Garden of Eden, providing the Garden's watering source. The rivers source is said to be in Eden, though not in the Garden itself.
This river starts somewhere in Eden, flows into the Garden, and winds itself through the Garden. Once outside the Garden, it splits into four headwaters.
This river is fed through the subterranean reservoirs (Gen. 2:6) that made up the antediluvianwater cycle, which would have watered the Biblical Garden of Eden.
These four headwaters are the Euphrates River, the Gihon River, the Pishon River, and the Hiddekel, or Tigris, River. A preliminary evaluation would suggest two of these rivers no longer exist.
However, the development of satellite imaging, and incredible archaeological finds in Turkey, have led many to believe the Biblical Garden of Eden has been found.The Biblical Garden of Eden may be in Mesopotamia.The story of the Biblical Garden of Eden, however, first begins with what God had planted in the Garden, which helped contribute to its Divine uniqueness. The word Eden literally means, "delight". It was a garden of delight, full of heavenly fruit growing on trees! Genesis 2:9 describes God's handiwork.
"And out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food.."
This garden was full of color, a beautiful array of flowering colors, pleasing to the sight. The aroma was surely one of sweetness, and the food brought healing to Adam and Eve's mortal bodies. It was pure paradise. Two trees, however, stood out amongst the others.
A painting of the Biblical Garden of Eden.The Trees of Eden
"And the Lord God had planted a garden in the east.....And 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." - Gen. 2:9
The Tree of Life
In the middle of the Biblical Garden of Eden grew two remarkable trees. Genesis 3:22 mentions that the fruit from one of these trees produced eternal life.
God specifically says that man must not be allowed to "reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever".
God instructs Adam and Eve to eat from any tree in the Biblical Garden of Eden, except for the "tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil". He never makes any mention about not eating from the Tree of Life.
Adam and Eve were meant to enjoy the fruit of this heavenly tree at will. In essence, this tree would enable Adam and Eve to live forever. It possessed divine powers of healing and regeneration.
Only after Adam and Eve disobey, does He restrict them from the Tree of Life. It is quite remarkable to think that God took the gift of eternal life and originally included it in a fruit!
The Tree of Life possesses a fascinating place in Scripture. This tree possessed such powers that it became necessary to place a Cherubim and a flaming sword in front of it to prevent man from eating of it. The Cherubim, according to Ezekiel, was the highest of the angelic realm (Ezekiel 1:4-28; 10:1-22).
In Revelation 22:2 it is this same Tree of Life that stands on each side of the River of the Water of Life, which flows through the New Jerusalem, established when the Messiah comes again. The tree is said to bear "twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations".A painting of the Biblical Garden of EdenGod intended to bring forth healing and life to Adam and Eve through this Tree of Life. When His kingdom is established on earth, its leaves will bring healing and life to the nations.

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