15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
What a beautiful picture is presented by these 2 verses. A world before sin, and the intimate relationship between man and God, where man is entrusted with the creation so lovingly made by God.
The focus is on provision, of having all you could need. “You are free to eat of any tree in the garden…”v16.
I wondered about this fruit, not just physical food but spiritual as well. V 9 shows that pride of place was taken by 2 trees, the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The consequence of eating from that tree was death. So you could say it was the tree of death.
When I “eat from the tree of life” I am living in relationship with God as he intended. The fruit of the tree of life to be picked is:
- God’s word which gives life, shows up darkness and guides me in the way ahead.
- God’s people who give life through encouraging, speaking truth and prophecy over me, and through serving each other.
- God’s spirit who gives life because he is God always in me.
All these are healthy life giving fruit that fill up my spirit.
Then I wont be hungry for the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, I wont be hungry to disobey God. My appetite will be satisfied by Him.
Thank you heavenly Father. You know just what I need and you have provided. Fill me with the fruit of life.
Written by Claire Moore