Two trees which have and can determine the destiny of mankind, THE TREE OF LIFE & THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL. The author uses these two trees to point out the mistakes of Christians and point Christians to the Tree of Life, Jesus. “He tempted her with it because the source of his power was rooted in that tree.” This quote explains that the serpent has his power in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The answer to one of the obvious questions about God (why the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was in the garden?) was answered in this book, “The Tree of Knowledge had to be put in the Garden because there could be no freedom to obey unless there is freedom to disobey.” The tree of knowledge distracts us from Jesus, the Tree of life, by causing us to focus on ourselves. The accuser of the brethren (also the serpent) points out our faults to turn our attention to ourselves and away from Jesus. The author goes on to talk about the Bible, and how many Christians focus on the letters without the assistance of the Holy Spirit and therefore make the Book of the Lord their primary goal instead of the Lord of the Book. This is one of the primary schemes of the Devil, “to turn the bible into the Tree of Knowledge for us, instead of the Tree of Life.” When we focus on Jesus Christ and the Cross, we are kept on the path of Life, and turned away from self-centredness. New life; being born again and re-created so that the darkness in one’s life is separated from the light, comes from beholding His Glory and taking in the seed of Christ which is sown by the Holy Spirit. “If we missed the right path, then the only way to get back on it is to go back to where we missed the turn. That is called – Repentance.” So how do we get on the path of life? – Repentance, Focus on Jesus Christ, His Cross and His Glory, and receive the Holy Spirit. The devil can never counterfeit the Spirit’s fruit – Jesus, the Tree of Life. No flesh can beget Jesus, but all flesh can receive Him.
The seed of the Knowledge of Good and Evil has already been sown in man since Adam and Eve ate of it. However, in the scripture we can see that there will also be a seed in man that would defeat the seed of Knowledge – the seed of the Tree of Life.
Genesis 3: 15- NLT
And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike[a] your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Cain as the natural man and Abel as the spiritual man:
In Genesis 4: 2 we see that Cain was a tiller of the ground. The author compares this to being earthly-minded, and every seed of Cain referred to in this book is of the same character. The seed of Cain became worshippers of the creature and the creation instead of the Creator.
Romans 1: 25 – NLT
They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
The seed of Cain is the seed of the tree of knowledge, because it turns our eyes to ourselves. This character can be found in “religious man – who is devoted to the church, or a religious organisation, instead of Jesus, and “spiritualists – who seek betterment, fulfilment, and harmony by seeking unity with the creation instead of the Creator. The Man of Sin is the mature fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, and his root and power is in the serpent. To be born again, man’s basic nature must change – repentance. To repent is more than to have feelings of remorse because of sin or to walk down some aisle; it means to turn away from sin. “The Cross is the greatest threat to man’s self-centeredness, and becomes a source of peace and freedom. Jesus cast out Satan by allowing Satan to nail Him to the cross. Just as Abel’s blood cried out from the ground, the blood of Jesus also cries out for Forgiveness. Therefore, the ability to suffer personal injustice without retaliation or resentment is an infallible sign that a believer has come to abide in Jesus Christ – the Tree of Life.
Philippians 2: 5- 9 – NLT
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honour and gave him the name above all other names,
Another nature of the seed of Cain apart from self-centeredness is double-mindedness – having more than one mind or personality. A double-minded person is unstable in all his ways – James 1: 8. Since man decided to jump his tracks by eating of the Tree of Knowledge, he has become increasingly unstable.
Babylon and the Antithesis of Babylon:
Babel means confusion. An attempt to gather people around anything or anyone but the Lord Jesus Himself will ultimately result in confusion. The men of Babel were finding their own way to get to Heaven, this brought disunity. True unity can only be found in Jesus. The building of the tower of babel is a profound illustration of the pride of the seed of Cain, and also symbolic of the king of Babylon – Satan.
Isaiah 14: 13, 14 – NLT
For you said to yourself, ‘I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God’s stars. I will preside on the mountain of the gods far away in the north. I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High.’
We must hear in the depths of our beings the voice that exhorts us to forget about what we can build and to “Listen to Him.”
Abraham’s Descendant’s, Jacob and Esau, Reuben and Joseph, Pharaoh and Moses:
Abraham’s faith was accounted as righteousness. Abraham had true faith because of his spiritual vision. He obeyed God regardless of the circumstance. However, his lapse of patience and not following God’s reasoning brought forth Ishmael. Since then, there has been enmity between Ishmael’s descendants and Isaac’s descendants. Likewise, there will always be enmity between that which is born of the flesh and the true seed of God. Esau is another example of the seed of Cain, who unlike Abraham lacked spiritual vision. Jacob, on the other hand, valued spiritual things. Hence, the scripture Malachi 1:2, 3 – God loves Jacob, and hates Esau. Jacob sought God and found God; he wrestled with God and prevailed. Reuben was also ruled by his flesh, but Joseph wasn’t. The Lord is seeking those who are not attracted by externals, but by the Spirit. The Lord has called us to walk by the Spirit. We are not to be led by impulses, feelings, or reasoning. It is crucial for those who are His to be led by His Spirit and to know His voice. When it comes to authority, Pharaoh is symbolic of Satan and the seed of Cain seeking self-promotion and self-exaltation, whereas Moses is symbolic of the self-sacrificing nature of the Tree of Life. The Passover delivered the Israelites from death, just as the Cross delivers us from the power of Satan. Our ability to come boldly before the throne of grace must never be measured by how good or bad we have been, but by the blood of Jesus.
Romans 5: 10 – NLT
For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.
The author concludes by explaining that walking in the Spirit is life, peace, and fulfilment, but it is difficult. The Bible was given to lead us to Jesus, not to take His place. If we will keep moving on with the Spirit, our ‘bread’ will not have time to become leavened with sin, wickedness, or legalism. As we come closer to the glory, the light by which we walk changes from natural light to the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and then to the very presence and glory of the Lord. Christianity is not just following a set of rules; it is walking with God. When our eye or vision is focused on God, our whole bodies will be full of light. Only then will we know the true resurrection, life and power.