Left: Title page of the first edition of Paradise LostThis month marks years since John Milton sold his publisher the copyright of Paradise Lost for the sum of five pounds. His great work dramatizes the oldest story in the Bible, whose principal characters we know only too well: God, Adam, Eve, Satan in the form of a talking snake — and an apple. Except, of course, that Genesis never names the apple but simply refers to "the fruit. And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.
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The wonderful Tree of Life, discussed in the two "book ends" of the Bible, Genesis and Revelation, is one of the most fascinating yet enigmatic subjects in all the inspired word of God. It is first mentioned in GenesisThe fruit of this tree was "good for food" and Adam was told that he could "freely eat" of it GenesisHowever, he was not required to eat its fruit to stay alive! He was created by God to live without dying, with only one restriction—that is, he was not to eat of "the tree of knowledge of good and evil," for that would cause him to die GenesisLater that same day, Eve was created, after Adam had first given names to each basic kind of animal—that is, specifically, only the "beast of the field" and the "fowl of the air" Genesis , those that would be most likely to be in close proximity and possible fellowship with humans.
He could easily have accomplished this in a few hours. Then Eve was created and was given the same instruction about eating as Adam had received, for she referred to these instructions when the serpent tempted her some time later. Despite God's clear warning, she and Adam both then rebelled against God's word and ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and thus "sin entered into the world" RomansAs a result, death also came into the world when God—true to His word—told them that "unto dust shalt thou return" GenesisFurthermore, God's Curse was pronounced on the very "ground" itself, out of which the bodies of both animals and men had been formed Genesis ; ; , so that "the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now" RomansThus "by man came death," and "in Adam all die" I Corinthians , Then God cast Adam with Eve out of His beautiful garden, "lest he.
This seems to create a problem, possibly even an apparent contradiction in God's words. God cannot contradict Himself, of course, so this is our problem, not His. Many so-called "progressive" creationists, as well as theistic evolutionists, argue that Adam and Eve must already have been eating regularly of the Tree of Life in order to stay alive, even before they sinned.
Otherwise they would have died physically even if they had never sinned, or so the argument goes. Then they argue that the death pronouncement by God on their sin was a "spiritual" death, not physical. This idea, of course, contradicts the clear statement of God that they would die physically, as well as spiritually, with their bodies returning to the dust.
Furthermore, it makes a travesty of Christ's death on the cross for our sins! Why would Christ have to die physically —and such a horrible physical death at that! But our accommodationist brethren are anxious to preserve the "old-earth" dogma of the evolutionists at all costs and so are willing to adjust Genesis and the gospel in whatever ways they need to do so in order to avoid conflict with modern scientism.
They insist that we must accept the evolutionary ages of geology with their billions of fossils and their billion-year spectacle of suffering and death before sin entered the world, in order to be acceptable to the intellectual community. Nevertheless, the Genesis record—supported as literal history throughout all the rest of Scripture—is explicitly clear in teaching that physical suffering and death were introduced into the world only when Adam sinned.
Thus, even if Adam and Eve had continued to eat the delicious fruit of the Tree of Life after they had sinned, they would eventually have died anyway because God had said so! However, this health-promoting fruit might have enabled them to live an inordinately long time before dying.
Even as it was, Adam lived years GenesisThe solution to our problem may well be that the Hebrew word ola translated "for ever" in Genesis could legitimately be translated "a very long time. Similarly, note Deuteronomy ". The Hebrew olam is translated "old time" in Joshua , and is applied to the " ancient landmark" in Proverbs and the " ancient people" in IsaiahThere are a number of other such examples.
The word olam certainly does not have to mean "forever" unless the context so indicates. Therefore, it would be legitimate to read Genesis as follows: ". How long the Garden of Eden survived in the primeval world after the expulsion of Adam and Eve has not been revealed.
If not destroyed earlier, it was certainly carried away by the devastating waters of the great flood, when "the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished" II PeterBut the marvelous Tree of Life will be planted once again "in the midst of the paradise of God" in the new earth which God will create some day and "they that do his commandments" will then "have right to the Tree of Life" Revelation ;And note its remarkable character!
Not just one Tree of Life as in the original Garden of Eden, but many such trees will be planted there with their beautiful and nutritious fruits, freely available to all who "do His commandments"—that is, to everyone in the holy city.
The leaves will not be needed to heal sickness any more than the fruit of that original Tree of Life in Eden was needed to prevent death. It is significant that the Greek word translated "healing" in this verse therapeia is translated "household" in Matthew and Luke , referring to the staff of servants employed in keeping the affairs of a great house running efficiently.
It is the source of our English word "therapy. As the fruits of the tree will surely contain many nutrients for happy vigorous service by Christ's servants in the ages to come Revelation , so its leaves will contain a complex of chemical substances useful in the occupations and general economy of those ages.
It is pointless to speculate as to the exact nature of the Tree of Life, for God has not told us, and there is no tree like it in the present world. The same is true with reference to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God is well able to create any kind of tree He wishes, and we do well to leave it at that! Because of the marvelous nature of the Tree of Life, however, the writer s of Proverbs used it under divine inspiration of course as a symbol of four wonderful truths.
First, the true wisdom "is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her" ProverbsThat true wisdom can be none other than Christ I Corinthians , ColossiansSecond, "the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life" ProverbsIndeed, "the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth" EphesiansA life such as that will be like a tree of life to all who encounter it.
Third, "when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life" ProverbsThat is, fulfilled hope, like true wisdom and righteousness is so vitalizing as to be a source of renewed vigorous life.
Fourth, "a wholesome tongue is a tree of life" ProverbsTherefore, "let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man" ColossiansWe can eagerly, yet patiently and fruitfully, look forward to enjoying the delicious, nourishing fruit of the Tree of Life in the holy city some day. In the meantime, we can pray that God will help us to be like little, life-giving trees ourselves through growing in true wisdom, living righteously, offering hope to the lost in our midst, and using our God-given abilities of communication graciously and meaningfully to all those we meet.
Cite this article: Henry M. Morris, Ph. The Tree Of Life. Skip to main content. It is first mentioned in Genesis And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The words "time no longer" in Revelation are in the sense of "delay no longer.
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This is a guest post from Wesley Rostoll. He lives in in South Africa with his wife and two kids. Wesley left the institutional church about 5 years ago and has been exploring what some people call organic church ever since. He writes about what he has learned from the experience on his blog. When compared to some of the things I had done in my life, it seems like I have done far worse and gotten away with it. So when God said to Adam that if he ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that he would surely die I read it more as a threat than as a warning.
The woman saw that the tree had fruit that was good to eat, And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman who was deceived and fell into.
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The story of Adam and Eve's eating of the forbidden fruit, a major topic in this week's Torah portion, is perhaps the most famous of Biblical stories. Warned by God to refrain from eating fruit from the Tree of Knowledge that is in the midst of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve ignore the divine command. It is puzzling how they could have acted that way; before they ate from the tree, evil was not a part of their psychological makeup — they were pure of sin, having no shame of their own nakedness. What happened that they disobeyed the Almighty?!
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They lived in the beautiful Garden of Eden, surrounded by all sorts of plants and trees. God let them eat the fruit of every tree but one. If they ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they would have to leave the garden and would eventually die. Satan lied to Adam and Eve. Satan said if they ate the fruit, they would know good and evil but they would not die. Genesis —17 ; —5 ; Moses ; —11 ; Abraham , 12—
This causes others to take out their emotions on someone else. Similar to Prometheus, Zeus was denied respect and therefore killed the humans out of revenge towards Prometheus. Regardless of the fact that one was a God and the other was a mortal they were both predestined to suffer. These tragic events were foreshadowed in their lives. Zeus allowed Prometheus to join him in heaven. Even when Prometheus rebelled against Zeus, he gave him warnings by striping his creation of the gifts that meant the most to them. This proves similarities between the two stories because all the characters became excluded and kicked out of a place or a positions, which proves that the consequences where the same.
And he will rule over you.” The LORD God said to Adam, “You listened to your wife's suggestion. You ate fruit from the tree I warned you about. I said, 'You.
Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Most people are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They were given a command not to eat from a tree, which they did not follow and as the saying goes, the rest is history.
Candlelighting, Readings: Shabbat candles: p. Torah: Genesis Haftarah: Isaiah Havdalah: p. The story of Adam and Eve is laden by centuries of commentary, but what is it really about? We are told that Adam and Eve first acquire language [Genesis ] and then form the first marriage [Gen.
Regardless, her character is posited to be that of the original and quintessential woman.
God said, 'You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die. What does Genesis mean? In verse 2, she begins to answer, and at first her answer seems solid. She correctly responds that no, they could eat fruit from trees in the garden. She then concludes her answer with God's actual restriction.
In the middle of the garden were the tree of life N and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. I will make a helper suitable for him.