The Tale of Two Trees
Genesis chapter two, and verse fifteen, "And the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord commanded the man saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, for in the day thou shalt eat thereof thou shalt surely die." Now, this was not a threat, this was a warning. In the day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die. Parents are not threatening their children when they say, "Don't touch a hot stove, if you touch it you'll get burned." That's not a threat, that's a warning. And God here in the Garden of Eden had created man and he placed man there in this beautiful garden and gave him absolutely everything he needed for indescribable happiness. And for joy and fulfillment. But, in order that man might have a will, and a free will, God gave him the moral opportunity of a choice. And so God created a tree and planted that tree in the Garden of Eden. It was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And man was absolutely forbidden to eat the fruit of that tree. The story of two trees. The tree of death, that is the tree of the knowledge of good and of evil for the day thou eats thereof thou shalt surely die. And calvary's tree which is a tree of life for Jesus said, I've come that you might have life and that you might have it abundantly. And I want us to see these two trees today as we study them in contrast and in comparison. For example, as we compare them, let's notice the placing of the trees. Did you notice that both of these trees were placed in a garden. Go back to Genesis chapter two, verse eight and you're going to see that this first tree was in a garden and the Lord God planted a garden in eastward in Eden and there he put the man whom he had formed and out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for ...
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