Eating of the wrong tree

Published 1:55 pm Friday, June 11, 2010

You might say God tested Adam’s and Eve’s character when he allowed them to choose which tree to take from.

God wants us to build character, and that requires voluntarily choosing God’s way of living rather than the devil’s way.

Most of the troubles we face are a result of our choices.

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God is allowing us to experience the bitter fruits of our wrong choices in hopes that we will recognize our error and then voluntarily seek out the fruit of the tree of life.

The first-child born into Adam and Eve’s family was Cain; he ended up killing his younger brother, Abel, and lying to God about it (Genesis 4:1-9).

You would think Adam and Eve would have recognized that Abel’s blood was shed because of their decision to have eaten from the wrong tree. But they didn’t, they just kept eating from the wrong tree, that example illustrates how hard human nature is.

We look around us and see our world is filled with similar evils of broken families, rebellious children.

We ask why that is?

Because people are eating from the wrong tree.

In a world with weapons of mass destruction, we face the grave threats of human extinction.

In fact, Jesus Christ prophesied that he would have to act in our time of human ruler ship, just to prevent us from annihilating all flesh (Matthew 24:21-22).

We often wonder why human affairs have taken such a destructive course.

It is all because we are eating from the wrong tree.

The Tree Of Life

Let us consider, God had personally instructed Adam and Eve, yet they turned away from him and listened to the devil. That shows that there is something wrong with the human mind. We like to congratulate ourselves for our intellectual and creative abilities, but clearly, apart from God, we are incomplete.

There is something unstable about our reasoning.

That is where it is so critical to understand about the other trees God offered Adam and Eve.

The tree of life represented the Holy Spirit of God, the very life Spirit of the great creator. It is the essence and power of God that imparts the ability to understand spiritual truth (1st Corinthians 2:7-14).

God wanted mankind to eat from the tree of life so we could experience stability and joy so our marriages and families could be happy so we could live at peace with our neighbors and within ourselves. Eating from the tree of life enables us to solve our problems.

Genesis 3:22 records the truth that if Adam had taken of the tree of life, he would have lived forever.

Once Adam made the choice to rebel against God; however, God had to cut him off from access to the tree of life (Genesis 3:23-24). That tree has remained inaccessible to the vast majority of mankind ever since.

Second Corinthians 4:4 says, “The God of this world hath blinded the minds of them, which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

That is ever so correct Satan is the god of this world today. He has blinded this world to the truth of God. He has deceived this world, as he did Eve, into eating of the wrong tree. And yet people don’t even realize it.

But it’s not a mystery to God. It’s not a mystery to God’s elect. And it need not be a mystery to you. It simply requires believing what God has revealed.

There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. He believed that Jesus was a teacher that comes from God (St. John 3:2). Jesus told him in order for him to see the kingdom of God he must be born again.

This born-again experience Jesus was talking about to Nicodemus is very clearly explained to all true believers to God’s Holy word in Acts Chapters 1 and 2. All through the book of Acts where ever the Apostles went, they told their converts they must repent, and they shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:3-4.

That first day, there were about 3,000 who received the Holy Ghost and were baptized (Acts 2:41).

They accepted Jesus’ word and began to eat of the right tree.

“The Tree Of Life,” you must be born again as the scripture says, following the same procedure as the apostles used in the book of Acts starting with Acts 2:38.

“Then Peter said unto them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.'”