I love trees. My life was redeemed on a tree.
My friend, Judy Thomas shared a verse with me that “God put eternity in our hearts.” She’s in the process of writing a book and asked me to create art for it. Judy was interested in a portrayal of the two trees in The Garden. It didn’t take long for me to say yes. I had often contemplated these two trees and had planned on painting them…someday. Now, my curiosity grew and I began to ponder these two trees.
What would they look like? Eve saw that the fruit was good for eating, so surely, the tree was attractive. And, I don’t believe our just and loving God would have made that tree more tempting than all the rest. Two trees. Two choices. Our eternity hung in the balance.
God gave us free will. What an amazing and generous gift! Did she know that exercising her free will, determined our destiny, with that first bite of fruit? Even then, God had a plan. Our poetic, creative God, once again gave every one of us free will to choose. Because He loves us, Jesus chose a tree. If our eyes can see the good fruit that Jesus died to give to us, we can choose Him and be eternally free. Can we admit that we know good and we know evil? We do when we acknowledge the evil within us and accept the good gift that God gave to us. We celebrate, what Jesus did, by eating the fruit of His sacrifice.
At Passover, while they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
God put His Son on a tree—a tree—to give us a second chance to taste an eternity with Him instead of an eternity, separated from Him. Good fruit, God’s First Fruit, hung on a tree, to redeem that first taste of temptation. Thank you Jesus that we can “taste and see that the Lord IS GOOD!!”
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
The LORD God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground–trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:9