Posted by: biblestudyseattle | June 22, 2016

Two Trees

What was the nature of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil in Genesis 2?  Was it similar to the tree of life?  Was it even more attractive?  Or was it ordinary?  Was the curse merely disobeying God and nothing about the tree per se?  That is the conclusion of the famous commentator Matthew Henry (1662-1714).  But notice that the Tree of Life would sustain life indefinitely.  There was something physically special about the fruit of the tree of life.  It was the real fountain of youth.  There must have been something special physically about the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Did it have a mechanism to spark the aging process?  What if Adam and Eve never ate from either the tree of life or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?  Would they still die?  Presumably they had to eat of the tree of life.  Even Jesus, born of perfect seed, would have died without perfect food.  These are questions that will be answered in the future.

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