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. – Genesis 2:8-9 NIV
From the book, “There were two trees in the Garden”, by Rick Joyner: There were two trees in the Garden of Eden that challenged the course of the entire human race- the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. Metaphorically, these same two “trees” continue to be the challenge that will determine the course of our lives and eternity- many of our choices in life, come down to the decision BETWEEN these two trees, these two genealogies of our lives, these two ROADS- GATES.
Leader, when speaking of the two women who bore Abrahams’s sons, Sarah and Hagar, Paul explained that they represented allegories, or symbolic representations, of biblical truths concerning the covenants of law and grace- see Galatians 4:21-26. In this same way, the Tree of Knowledge and the Tree of Life have similar meaning and impact. They are symbolic of two spiritual lineages, or “family trees”. Satan tempted Eve with the ‘Tree of Knowledge’, that was the source of HIS POWER. This tree represented the LAW! Not only the LAW, given by MOSES, but also the LAW given by man-LEGALISM: Man’s attempt at Self-Righteousness
Conduit, the TREE of KNOWLEDGE, causes us to focus our attention on ourselves. It kills us by distracting us from the ONE who is the source of LIFE; JESUS- our TREE OF LIFE! There is no easier way to keep us from the TREE OF LIFE than to have us focus our attention upon ourselves. This is what the TREE of Knowledge of GOOD and EVIL and THE LAW does. The Bible is a means, not an END. Knowing the Book of the LORD is not our primary goal, but rather, to KNOW THE LORD OF THE BOOK! To KNOW GOD and to make HIM KNOWN-this knowledge WILL lead to the TREE OF LIFE!