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Tree of Knowledge, Tree of Life

“Tree of Knowledge, Tree of Life” is the second part of Nazarene Israel Scripture Studies Vol One. In this video, we will examine the two special trees in the Garden of Eden. The Tree of knowledge of good and evil, and the Tree of life. We will see the significance in each tree and what they can teach us today.

Right to the Tree of Life

To begin our study, Revelation 22:14 tells us that those who perform His commandments will have the right to the Tree of Life, that they may enter into the gates of the city which is the (Renewed Jerusalem).

Hitgalut (Revelation) 22:14-15
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the Tree of Life, and may enter through the gates into the city.
15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

The Tree of Knowledge of good and Evil

Before we talk about what the Tree of Life represents, we first want to talk about the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and the lesson that we can learn from it today.

In B’reisheet chapter 3, we see that rather than obeying Yahweh’s commandment, Havvah, and Adam both partook of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil by deciding to do what seemed good in their own eyes.

B’reisheet (Genesis) 3:6
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

This is the very thing Scripture commands us not to do, over and over again. This same sentiment is expressed in the Book of Numbers which says: 

Bemidbar (Numbers) 15:39-40
39 “And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of Yahweh and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined,
40 and that you may remember and do all My commandments, and be set apart for your Elohim.”

The Heart is deceitful above all things

You see, rather than do what seems good or right in our own eyes (or in the sight of other men). We should first seek Yahweh our Elohim, and do what seems good in His sight, above all. We must be careful not to use our limited intellect to figure out what seems ‘right’ to us or to listen to our own hearts, for Yahweh tells us that the heart is desperately wicked and selfish and that it will lead us to make the wrong choices every time.

Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 17:9
9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.
Who can know it?”

Scripture tells us in the book of Proverbs, that we should never seek to rely on our own understanding, but rather trust Yahweh and acknowledge Him in all our ways. 

Mishle (Proverbs) 3:5-6
5 Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways know Him, And He shall direct your paths.

This is precisely what Adam and Havaah did not do. Instead, they leaned upon their own understanding and did what seemed right in their own eyes, just as many believers do today. And because Adam and Havaah did use their own human intellect to decide what was ‘good’ and ‘not good’ this ultimately led to the great fall from Yahweh’s favor which is His [grace]. 

The Tree of Life

If the Garden of Eden represents our lives here in this world, then the Tree of Life represents the eternal reward we receive when we obey Him. This is central to Yahweh’s purpose and will for us. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, then represents our natural human inclination to make our own decisions, based upon what we think is ‘good’ or ‘evil.’ And, this innate natural tendency is central to our being, but it must be overcome.

To partake of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil means that instead of hearing and obeying Yahweh’s voice and keeping His commandments, we choose instead to make up our own minds about what is ‘good’ and what is ‘evil.’ 

In essence, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents our natural fleshly desire to ‘do our own thing,’ and to make our own decisions. As natural as it is, to partake of the Tree of Knowledge plays right into the hands of Satan. This is precisely why Satan tempted Adam and Havaah to partake of the tree.

In this video, we will talk about how, in 1904, the father of modern Satanism, an Englishman named Aleister Crowley, wrote his…  “Book of the Law,” which he claimed was dictated to him by Satan himself. The first rule in his Book of the Law was:

“‘Do as thou wilt’ shall be the whole of the Law.”

Aleister Crowley

We will see that Satan wants us to metaphorically ‘bite’ in is that we should not listen to Yahweh’s voice or keep His commandments, rather we should do our own will instead. This is because our will and Yahweh’s will are at odds. Thus, if we do our own thing, we will neither hear nor obey Yahweh. This is a very important lesson, we hope you will join us.

You can also read the full written version of “The Tree of Knowledge, The Tree of Life” here.

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