A tree, yes a simple tree, even two of them represent the crux of God’s relationship with humankind. They reveal His intentions for each of us.
Scene 3: God gives the Man and Woman Responsibilities and Obligations.
Adam is exploring his new world, and he discovers a magnificent garden. As he looks around in wonder at every kind of plant, God walks onto the scene. No flash of light or thunderclap, no sorcery here. God enters, immediately commanding our attention. Adam scratches his head for a moment, but realizes God is someone ‘awesome’. He rushes to greet God. Remember, Adam, although fully formed and an adult male, is a child, only a few seconds old.
(Origin of the Universe chapter 4.3)
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And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.. (Gen 2.8-9, 15)
Our newly arrived Adam learns he is now in what some consider a myth, but it is called the ‘Garden of Eden’. A thousand questions are in his mind, like a child learning about the world. God chooses this moment to have a conversation with Adam. At this point in the Garden of Eden, God is only talking to the man, Adam; the woman is not yet created.
The 2 trees in the the Garden of Eden summarize why God created and how He works with mankind Click To TweetThis episode of God instructing man is full of significance. It is clear and easy to understand. Probably so easy that it’s been overlooked as outmoded, silly, not to say ridiculous. It summarizes the Creator’s basic intentions, what He has in mind, in short why He created man. The how He works with man.
The ‘how’ and the ‘why’ are two fundamental points that man of and by himself can’t guess, surmise, deduce, construe or conclude. By the same token, if this scene reveals the how and the why of what God has in mind for man–it also indicates the how and why of man in relationship to his Creator. This short scene divulges the intimate interconnection between the two main characters (God and humans) in the play.The ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of God are two fundamental points that man can't know by himself Click To Tweet The 2 Trees scene divulges the intimate interconnection between God and humankind Click To Tweet
This scene discloses:
- The Tree of Life… the fruit of which, if eaten, leads to life
- At this point the man is already ‘alive’ and has plenty of ‘food’ so he doesn’t need to eat of a particular tree for life as we understand it.
- The ‘life’ represented by this tree might incorporate something to do with ‘physical life’ but it must also include something else to do with a ‘special life’
- There are no ‘do’s and don’ts’ about this tree. It was freely available in the garden. In fact it was in the middle of the garden, readily accessible, denoting that the Creator gave them access to this special ‘life’.
- The Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, the fruit of which, if eaten, leads to death
- Later, as you know or will see, both Adam and Eve ate from this tree and, they did not immediately die, certainly not ‘that day’. Adam lived over 900 years. Just consider this as fanciful exaggeration if you like–it’s part of the story, just like other legends, let’s move on.
- The ‘death’ represented by this tree might incorporate something to do with ‘physical death’ that could be immediate, but must also include a period of life prior to this physical death.
- The ‘death’ represented by this tree certainly includes something to do with ‘physical death’ but it might also include something else to do with a ‘special death’.
- Both trees are freely available for food, they’re out in the open, neither is hidden.
- God instructs them as to which is the better and which is the poorer choice.
- The man and woman (after her creation and awareness) are free to choose which tree they want to partake of.
- God does not impose one way or the other… both ways are equally available to the man and the woman. He allows them to ‘exercise their free choice’
- God clearly indicates that the Tree of Knowledge from which they should not eat does have an element of ‘good’.
- This is a very important point. God is saying that even certain ‘good’ ends in ‘death’.
- Galacti asks: What is the definition of this ‘good’? We shall see.
- Certain decisions and practices lead to death, if they’re bad but even if they appear to be good. Certainly we can all agree on bad decisions and practices, but what about good decisions and practices? Many people will have a hard time with this one.
- There is a way that leads to life.
- There is a way that leads to death.
- There are only two ways to freely choose from. These two ways lead to diametrically opposite results: life and death.
- This is the essence of drama: a life and death matter.
Whether this is fiction or fact, we’ve got a real drama. A Supreme Being plants two trees, gives His creation, the man and woman a choice, a dilemma, and… drumroll… what will they do? Will they capitulate or triumph?
This blog post is an excerpt from chapter 4.3 of Origin of the Universe
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