Come with Me Back to the Garden of Eden
Imagine Eve standing in the Garden of Eden admiring the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. She listens to lies of Satan and is deceived. She plucks the forbidden fruit from the tree and takes her first bite. It taste so delicious. She then snatches another and takes it to Adam who is not deceived by the false promises his wife parrots but for reasons that are much more scandalous he takes the forbidden fruit and eats it. His crime is rebellion against his Heavenly Father. Adam's sin cannot be lumped in with the sin of his wife who was deceived. Adam’s sin is much more calculating and consequential. Adam, knowing it was an act of defiance against His loving Heavenly Father, rose up in a spirit of rebellion and aligned himself against God. He knew what he was doing, which makes his crime even more heinous.
This consequence of Adam's sin has echoed down through the ages. Every time there is a funeral we are reminded that Satan is a liar and Adam was a rebel.
It all happened in the Garden of Eden in front of a tree.
But this is not the end of the story!
God in His great mercy has provided for you and me another tree. It is not a tree whose graceful fruit-laden bows invite you to pluck and eat of its fruit. It is a repulsive dead seemingly lifeless rough tree stripped of its bark and absent the low hanging leafy bows that reach out to you un-menacingly as they are laden with the aroma of sweet fruit.
The dead tree, on the other hand, does not entice the eyes or enliven the taste buds.
Adam and Eve looked upon the leafy lush beautiful tree in the Garden of Eden and they desired to eat the forbidden fruit.
Jesus Christ looks down from a leafless dead tree that for all we know might be in exactly the same spot where the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil once stood in the Garden of Eden.
Yes, I know this is pure speculation. And yet I cannot help but wonder if it might not be possible since it is a detail that would not surprise me as I have become acquainted with the curious ways of our Heavenly Father.
Is it too hard to imagine that bleak Calvary was transformed from Lush to the lifeless after the flood of Noah? Perhaps!
While this detail is highly speculative and is simply meant to quicken your mind and imagination to consider the fact that the two most significant and noteworthy dramas to take place on earth since creation are the Fall of Man and the Cross of Christ.
They both happened in or near a garden and they both happened from on a tree.
The Prince of Heaven who created all things humbled himself and became a man in order to display himself on a lifeless tree.
The prince of heaven willingly allowed himself to be attached to that tree with Roman Iron Nails that were designed to cause the maximum amount of pain and suffering.
Look at the Lord Jesus as He hangs in agony. While writhing with pain as the blood drains from His body, He takes upon himself the sin of Adam and all Adams children including you and me.
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
Stay tuned for Part IV of the Word Study EDEN next week.
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