Posted by: biblestudyseattle | August 7, 2020

16 Trees

Apparently there are 16 different types of trees in the bible: Acacia, Almond, Apple, Cedar, Cypress, Date Palm, Fig, Henna, Oak, Olive, Pine, Pistachio, Pomegranate, Poplar, Tamarish, and Willow.  But the most interesting are probably the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the Tree of Life.  There’s only one place where the Good and Evil tree shows up:

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”  Genesis 2:16-17

The Trees of Life show up three times:
“Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”  Genesis 2:9

“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.”  Ezekiel 47:12

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. ”  Revelation 22:1-2

Why is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil only in Genesis?  Because we have all eaten of it and experienced its curse.  Adam and Eve ate of it and so they and all their offspring experience its ill effects.  Yet none of us has yet eaten of the trees of life, which are still to come.  There is hope in the future!  “let their flesh be renewed like a child’s;
    let them be restored as in the days of their youth’”  Job 33:25

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