A Tale of Two Trees
Today there will just be a series of questions…….no answers, only my comments; well mostly no answers. Did you think of these questions when you re-read the story of Adam and Eve? I did because of the book, along with about 64 more. Just kidding…….maybe only a couple more. Bracketed comments are mine.
The Tree of Life
“What role does this second tree play in the story, and how are we to understand its meaning?”
(Remember it’s listed first in the same verse – Genesis 2:9. Also remember we don’t hear of it again until AFTER Adam and Eve have eaten the Forbidden Fruit. Many of you are probably saying the trees have very little to do with much of anything today…. in this respect you may or may not be right. Depending I suppose on how deeply you want to understand and how many questions you are willing to ask.)
The Tree of Life becomes off-limits. “Why? What accounts for this curious relationship between the trees? Why is the Tree of Life fine to eat from before partaking from the Tree of Knowledge, but not after?”
(I never asked this question because you see in my mind, what did it really matter? One was a good tree and one was a bad tree. Right? God said of one you may freely eat and the other you may not.)
Gen 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
Gen 2:17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
What follows these questions at this point in the book is a lesson on the Cherubs with the Flaming Sword. They appear in your Bible in one other place. Thinking, thinking, thinking…….yes you know where. They are atop the Holy Ark in the Tabernacle. Next set of questions:
“What treasure was this second pair of cherubs guarding – these only other cherubs in the entire Five Books of Moses? They were, of course, guarding the Ten Commandments………..guarding the Torah…….once again guarding a “Tree of Life.”
(I knew the answer to that questions LOL! Why do these Cherubs keep us away from the first Tree of Life after they ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, then encourage us toward the 2nd Tree of Life? There is a way bigger picture here for me…..my Savior is showing through in the questions and answers regarding the Cherubs. Mortality vs. immortality and eternal life and death. So very many scriptures now are jumping off the pages at me – loving this!)
“Something strange is going on with these trees. The Tree of Knowledge seems to tell us that man would originally have lived forever. But the Tree of Life seems to tell us that he was originally a being that would die. At face value, the two trees seem to contradict themselves. But only at face value…………….the original nature of Adam and Eve that would resolve the problem. The alternative is this: both trees are right.” (And yes, I deliberately left out a few key words – buy the book here.)
The writing style of Rabbi Fohrman is like you are sitting across the table from him. He is speaking to you not at you. Here he moves into a discussion of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and quantum physics. Believe me, not a problem to understand. Whew! Thank God he explained it in plain English.
Much of this I am sure you are at this point wondering – has my friend lost her mind? What’s the big deal? A good question. As our dear author says “we have a long way to go”……………… And as I will say – better start asking questions.
Tomorrow – The Dark Side of Paradise. Now it gets mighty thought provoking as we take the trees, add the snake and move towards talking about “The Naked Truth”.