THE TALE OF THREE TREES | 7/12/2019 | Staff
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Where to begin? I guess we should begin at the beginning. “In the beginning the Godhead created the heavens and the earth.”[2] This was no ordinary God. Because in a second version of the story of The Beginning, we are told that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”[3] But that is not all. In the beginning with God and the Word was also the Spirit. And she moved over the surface of this blossoming creation.

The earth was spoken into existence — light, and water, and land. The earth brought forth birds, and fish, and plants, and trees. Animals came to populate the land. But the beginning was not over yet. One more set was needed. The Godhead — seeing all that was good — still needed more. Wanted more. And so, they said “Let us create humanity in our image — male and female.”[4] And they did. Hand crafted out of the dust of the earth, the living spirit-breath breathed into them. Humanity was alive. And they were intended to live forever — to praise and fellowship and live and love; with each other and with God. They were the children of God; a reflection of their maker. And it was very good.

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In the garden stood two very special trees: The Tree of Life and The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They freely ate from the first, but were told that death followed if they ate from the second. You see, the people were not just like God, but only an image of God. There were still boundaries based...
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