The Two Trees
Apr 27, 2014 1174
by Des Ford
There are many comparisons between the cross and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Both trees are in a garden. [tippy title=”Genesis 2″ class=”myclass” showheader=”true” href=”http://www.biblestudytools.com/tniv/genesis/2.html” width=”auto” height=”auto”]1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
Adam and Eve
4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the LORD God made the earth and the heavens. 5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. 8 Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 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. 10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will certainly die.” 18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 19 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. 25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.[/tippy] is about a tree in a garden. Have you ever noticed in John’s gospel, “In the place where Jesus was crucified there was a garden.” In connection with the tree in Genesis, it tells us that the tree was in the midst of the garden; when you read the story of the cross, they crucified two thieves and they put Jesus in the midst. The tree in Eden was a tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that’s what the cross is. At the cross we see the goodness of God, but it is a tree of the knowledge of evil because of how we react to God’s love – we spit on him; we refuse him. It was said of the tree in Eden that it was good for food, and Christ said that whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood – symbolism – will find the heavenly manna that results in heavenly life.
In connection with the tree God planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; in contrast, wicked men planted the tree of the cross. It is said about the tree of knowledge that it was pleasant to the sight; in contrast, the cross was hideous to the sight – the bleeding Son of God. We read about the tree of knowledge that man was forbidden to touch it; that disobedience would bring death. When we come to the cross, there’s no greater disobedience than murdering the Son of God, and it brings death to all mankind. We read in Genesis that there were two thieves by the tree of knowledge – Adam and Even; they stole from the tree. When you come to the tree of Calvary there are also two thieves there. The thieves in Genesis are turned out of Paradise because they partake of the tree; when we come to Calvary, one thief partakes of the tree and is turned in to Paradise.