When the Serpent told Eve that biting into forbidden fruit would bring knowledge . . . he wasn’t lying . . . it brought knowledge all right, the knowledge of death. He told her she wouldn’t die from disobeying God—but make no mistake—that was a bold-faced lie. She experienced death and took us all down with her.
The tree of the knowledge of good and evil held forbidden fruit, and it was forbidden for a very good reason:
[box]And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree of the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:16–17).[/box]
We were created to live.
That seems like a simplistic statement, but I think sometimes we get so preoccupied with the things of death that surround us, that we forget . . . we weren’t created to operate in the death realm, but we were made to live. And God placed no perimeters around the tree of life until after the fall. At that point, the tree was off limits to mankind. If they ate from it, they would remain eternally in an unredeemed state of eternal death. You think your life is bad now, just think if there was nothing more to hope for, nothing better coming, no redemption. (That thought just shuts me down. So thankful that’s not our future!)
God created us as living beings who will never die. We weren’t made to experience physical death. Scripture calls it the “king of terrors” (Job 18:14). Death is ugly, gruesome and hard.
Death is what remains after what is most real has left the body.
Our breath comes from the Life-giver, and here we are only a vapor because this is not our home; we were made to dwell eternally in the presence of our Life-giver.
Our moments here are limited—soon we’ll be with Him.
This tent, this shell that encases our souls, is left behind when we pass through that doorway to true life, unending life. The soulless shell that is left behind signals that our battle in this weary flesh is finally over and the spirit has departed to stand before his Maker.
We only know death because of sin:
[box]“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).[/box]
The first couple ate from the tree of knowledge and entered the realm of death. They took from the forbidden tree and that act brought death.
That tree bore the fruit for death.
But I’m thankful there was another tree . . . the tree that bore the fruit for life. It came in the shape of a cross.
[box]“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, ‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE’” (Galatians 3:13).[/box]
The payment for sin conquered the curse of death. Eternal life was birthed at the cross:
[box]“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).[/box]
One brought death, the other life.
Have you taken from that tree of life?
Are you sharing with others how they can be set free from the curse of sin?