Why Two Trees

Why Two Trees?
(Kent Heaton)

The first home for man was the garden of Eden. An amazing oasis of a fresh new world the garden must have been so incredibly beautiful. “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:8-9).

Man would be told that he could eat of every tree in the garden with the exception of one tree. Eve would later testify her understanding of the command was they were forbidden to eat or touch the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. So why two trees in the midst of the garden?

One tree was a tree of life in a literal way. Man was created as a creature that would die. When man rebelled against the Lord he was cast out of the garden lest he take of the tree of life and live forever (Genesis 3:22). He could eat of this tree. The second tree was the tree of the knowledge of right and wrong. Forbidden by the Lord it was placed along side the tree of life.

The existence of man has always been about two trees. Choices made in life will either come from the the tree of life or the tree of sensual wisdom. The command to obey was simple and Satan tempted man by his own desires enticed to become his own god. “You don’t need God” is what Satan told Eve. She could have eaten all she wanted of the tree of life but she chose death. There were two trees in the garden: a tree of life and a tree of death.

We make the same choice today. We can chose to serve God and live eternally (the tree of life) or we can chose to serve Satan and die. He still whispers in the ear that we do not need God. He lies. Two trees. Two choices. One life. One tree. One God. Which choice will YOU make today?

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