This Sunday’s sermon was a very simple message — Jesus is the tree of life. In the Garden the tree of life was a symbol of the Mashiac. The Jewish Bible reveals that wisdom is a tree of life by which the LORD founded the earth and established the heavens (Proverbs 3:18-19).
You may ask, “But I thought the earth was created by the Word of God?” The LORD’s wisdom in the Old Testament is a reflection of His word in the New Testament. Why do I say that?
In the Tanakh it was by the LORD’s wisdom that all things were made. In the B’rit Chadasha it is by His word which is Jesus Christ — the wisdom of God — that all things were created.
Wisdom is a tree of life and her fruit is length of days (Proverbs 3:16). God’s wisdom (or word) was made manifest in Yeshua HaMashiach. Whoever eats of Jesus Christ will have eternal life. This is a stumbling block for Israel (John 6:52).
In John’s vision the apostle saw the water of life as a river flowing from the throne of God through the tree of life (Revelation 22:1-2). Only those who endure, said Jesus, will be granted the right to eat the fruit of this tree (Revelation 2:7).
Imagine, Adam and Eve could have eaten from this tree (which John saw in the paradise of God), but they chose instead to eat from the tree of knowledge.
You have a choice. You can indulge in the temptations of the world …
— or —
… you can eat the flesh of Christ who is the bread of life and cup of salvation.
Let’s say you have a choice between a serving of your favorite dessert, or a wafer of unleavened bread. Well, Adam and Eve chose the dessert. We don’t know what kind of fruit blossomed on the tree of life, but the fruit on the tree of knowledge was attractive and tasty (Genesis 3:6).
Ironic … Eve believed the forbidden fruit would impart wisdom, but that can only be found in obedience to God. (So mind your mother when she tells you to stay out of the cookie jar, or something like that.)
As I listened to the sermon on the tree of life I couldn’t help but think about this song, Heart of the Wood, and its closing lyrics:
He said we can mark a tree to keep from getting lost
And it’ll always point our way home like that old rugged cross
A hundred years and it just grew and only heaven knew just what it’d be
And who’d hang on that tree
It held the Son of God like it should
But I know it broke the heart of the wood
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