TWO TREES TWICE

1-8-18   mp3 audio

Welcome to this eruption of contemplation born through the voice of the one offering up continual intercession.  Who for those with an ear to hear offers a front row seat to bear witness to the mystery and intrigue He continually speaks of.  The revelation in His words birth deep consideration and understanding of the One and only eternal God and Father and His Christ. With an ear to hear these words, they become like water to the roots of pregnant expectation, like a treasure hidden in a field that is happened upon with joy.  In this unsought presentation He brings to the witness, His desire to hit the mark of His purpose in the heart, to birth a heeding and understanding of the words He speaks.  To that end He offers His supplication, begging earnestly in conversation for His audience to draw near, like a knock at the door.   

In freedom, He speaks and one does not get to choose His words.  In freedom He allows for a deaf or defiant ear, even in the front row.  But His voice persists in seeking to draw souls with intrigue and hunger, to bring understanding and recognition of His life born in freedom.  I am free!  Not bound!  But in the sweetness of His voice of truth inducing love for His unity I am brought to heel.  For His are the words of salvation, the motivation, power and strength to love and serve the eternal sovereign God through the Holy Spirit.

Because freedom is cherished by the Father, He placed Adam in the garden in freedom.  He sent Jesus here to earth, “to set the captives free”.  The Holy Spirit led Paul to tell the Galatians, “It is for freedom that Christ has set you free”.  As it pertains to man and seemingly for all of creation, the motivation and reasoning of God has always revolved around His desire to lead into all truth, in freedom.  This is His way and word.

In that freedom and desire to lead us into all truth, God brought full disclosure of all the important pieces of eternity at play into the garden of Eden at creation.  Adam was given the loving voice of God’s faithful leading and truthful guidance, the two trees, the tree of life, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the death in it’s fruit, the contrarian voice and rebellion to God’s unity.  That’s it in a nutshell.

The Holy Spirit has been in conversation with me for many hours, days and months, apprising my heart about the nature of freedom, for freedom, found in Galatians 5:1 and how esteemed it is to the Father.  For in it, He dwells with the Son and Spirit.  On this path, He led me to look for the first mention of freedom in the scriptures.   In Genesis 2:16-17, He told Adam, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 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.”  In the broader reading of the chapters surrounding this verse, it was stunning to understand that God, not only created these two trees at the center of the garden, calling them good, giving complete freedom to Adam to eat of any tree,  But, in nearly the same breath, admonished abstinence from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because it’s fruit would bring death.  Free, but you must not?  Good, but brings death?  Oh, did the pondering begin…

This is when He began to initiate questions to me about these two trees starting with this one.  “Why did I place these two trees at the center of the garden”?  As if to say, “Search me out for My purpose because it is here to be found.”  I embraced His summons and He led me to this conclusion.

In the placement of the Two Trees right in the center of man’s newly formed world, God established and reestablished in freedom the distinction and necessary choice between, life and death.  They are the sum of all existence  and they existed before Adam was given freedom to eat of any tree, much less warned to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Both trees carried in them, the symbolism and purpose of the Word who was with God in the beginning, the life that He is and the death He was to take on.  Is it any wonder that Jesus had so much to say about trees and fruit?  He is the One tree who is life, who holds full knowledge of what is good and evil.  Who in the end will judge between good trees and bad trees because He conquered the death in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, with life.

Like a child, Adam was formed in ignorance and unbelief.  In The Father’s desire through the Spirit to lead us into ALL truth, He placed a representation of everything necessary to depict that truth in the garden.  God created a demonstration in this dimension as a show of His power and authority, His loving faithfulness and mercy in Christ to repair, restore and reconcile all things back to Himself,  even prior rebellion in the heavens, if possible.  Wherefore, Christ was slain from the foundations of the world. Rev. 13:8

While I was absorbed in listening for His understanding on this roiling enigma in my spirit revolving around freedom and these two trees, out of the blue He said, “…and btw, have you noticed that I allowed an alternative voice in the garden and did it without warning to the man of what he might hear or his need to steer clear?  Head explodes, “What!!?”

How many times can we a read passage thinking we know what it is saying and think we understand?  Being able to see and read, but being blind to what is being communicated because it is not overtly stated or seen?

Such simple elegance and beauty in His disclosure and yet, the comfort zone of my prior doctrinal ingestion became warped and disfigured in an instant.  Like sound waves of immense pressure bending and breaking everything in their path as they surge from a nuclear blast.

This was and is IMMENSE.  Why was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil warned about, but not the serpent who was going to instigate it’s consumption?

The picture He began to paint shed an entirely different light on His purpose in speaking this dimension into reality.  My understanding of what is good and evil was suddenly not so solid and it didn’t even cause the slightest quake of His Spirit in me.  I mean creating trees that are pleasing to the eye and good for food, but shouldn’t be eaten?  Voices that should never be followed but no warning is given about what will be heard?  Obviously, something new was to be seen here.

Embracing His seemingly effortless subtle exposure of a hue never seen in the narrative of the garden I took His initiative in His questions to heart because He does not lie and has purpose way beyond my perceived understanding of what is good and evil.

In freedom, He speaks.  One does not get to choose His words…

As an aside, isn’t it interesting that God often uses questions to tell us things about Himself that expose our shallow understanding or relationship to Him?  And lo and behold, If you can hear those questions His Spirit delivers to the door of God’s Gap in your heart,  the posture, the attitude, the order of searching out the answer in Him is the essence of “Living off of His intercession in repentance”.  The most beautiful and glorious revelation He has ever laid at the door to my heart.

Returning to freedom and the two trees now coupled with that, …other voice.  My confession is, my theology was blown sideways, because in my mind, in my knowledge of good and evil, His questions about what is and isn’t written exposed a picture that blew up the narrative, promulgated and reinforced since my early days of faith.  It’s always been something like this… ‘It was all good, but then man’s pride…  or God made everything perfect, but man had evil in his heart…  These are yet again man centered understandings or rationales.  Man, it’s just not about you.

But there it was.  Unlike the tree that was warned of, the passage offers no warning to Adam about the other voice he was going to hear and the need to steer clear of it.  And though I was eager to hear and follow along the path to His understanding in the exposure of this, I was highly aware of the conflict arising and was beginning to feel a bit skeptical of what I believe is His leading.  I guess that’s why it’s called faith.

Isn’t it peculiar that I would question God because His questions collided with things I was told, or believed or thought to be true?  Like a baptism of fire, His questions were exposing the erroneous footing of my understanding of good and evil and because of that, knowledge of good and evil took on a brand new light, and tone.  The heat of this exposure was shining an intense light on the thin ice of my understanding, but isn’t that just what Jesus did with all the religious as he proclaimed the Way, the Truth and the Life?  Oh? To be like a child.

God had no problem with placing this conundrum right under my nose, no more than He had struggled 18 months prior with ripping at the roots of reasoning behind the erroneous “knowledge“, things I had believed and thought to be true about His intercession and the repentance that He desires to draw out of us to meet those words.

For the love of unity, He breathed into the ground.  To birth a testimony to all creation that every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God is life and whosoever, with an ear to hear can follow with, after and behind as He instills desire to heed, ponder consider and understand His voice.  The first display of His love for man was to offer the voice of His intercession that man might live off of every Word in repentance.

As identified earlier.  God placed all the important players into the garden at creation.  In particular, He allowed the inception of these two things into this dimension in freedom: man to break from the unity of His voice, His intercession, following the voice of the serpent, a stranger and the instantaneous compounding quandary of man’s ingestion of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Whereby, man’s eyes were indeed opened just as the serpent had said.  Again, “knowing” God’s desire is and has always been to lead man into all truth and to dwell in the love of His unity in freedom, this was certainly not a cosmic joke or sadistic trap for Adam.

Yes, God knew the man and the woman would listen to that alternative voice and eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, both of which He allowed.  He allowed the break from the unity of the Word of His voice.  The unity He lives in and from the beginning made a way for us to enter and embrace in repentance.  This is the original sin allowed in freedom, for freedom.  He allowed it all because that is exactly what had taken place in the rebellion prior.  In freedom, there was the rejection of His voice, His image and the unity He desires all his creation to dwell in with Him in love.

In the opening of man’s eyes, he suddenly knew what it is to not follow the voice of God in the love of His unity, the image he was created in and had enjoyed.  He now feared realizing his separation from the power and authority in the voice.  Apparently, the serpent neglected to let Adam in on that little understanding when he negated God’s warning, insinuating a jealousy or withholding in God and an insufficiency in man for not getting his fair share in creation.

Not only was the original sin the failure to listen for and follow in the unity of the voice of God, but eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil magnified man’s dilemma by opening him up to something he was not designed for and still has no capacity to hold, the righteous arbitration between good and evil.  Crafty, debt laden serpent, No?

Though Adam did not fully understand then, the Spirit of truth has been seeking to reveal it to mankind ever since the garden, desiring to train up His children in the way they should go.  Since that time, it’s been revealed that the arbitration and judgement of good and evil belongs to the Sovereign God, in Christ and Christ alone.  Though we struggle with surrender to that fact as we continue to consume the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and bear the fruit of it’s death in the condemnation, unforgiveness and judgement of others.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not for man or any other created being to consume, it was the good food of the Son of man, Christ alone, the only one who could fully comprehend and pay the cost of it’s fruit and rightly divide the truth and the knowledge about good and evil.  The remaining residue from the garden is our appetite for the regular ingestion of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, birthing the “CUJ in God’s Gap” I have been led to write about prior.  This “knowledge of good and evil” that entices us to measure degrees of sin, righteousness and exercise judgement on other people.  Something we were never designed to do, for we have not laid down our lives in death required to pay for it, yet we do die in the day we eat of it.  Talk about the Word of God being a double edged sword that cuts to the dividing of the soul and the spirit. Heb 4:12

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil brings death to our hearts because in that tree is the wisdom and righteous judgment of Christ.  It is His good food, pleasing to the eye of God for the reconciliation and restoration of all creation.  For us that fruit is rancid, and carries an acrid aroma of self righteousness.  Eating of that tree was a serpent inspired obstruction and attempt to muddy the living waters of God.  The serpent’s encouragement was for the usurpation of the position Jesus owns!  It seems the serpent knew something Adam did not know?

In freedom, for freedom, God, who did not warn the man of the serpent’s craftiness, left the door open for the serpent to agree with the voice of truth, the Word of the living God and reiterate the warning of death in the fruit of tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thereby glorifying Christ.  God did not warn Adam of what the serpent might say to maintain freedom and the innocence in Adam about good and evil.  God didn’t tell Adam the serpent was every bit of evil imagined because that would have been a condemnation of the serpent before the serpent condemned himself in freedom, again.  If you can see it, in freedom, God authored repentance in the garden for all parties; the opportunity in freedom to be in agreement with, after and behind the voice of truth, the voice of the living God.  His words of intercession offered for the love of His unity and truth.

Just imagine if the serpent had agreed with God and warned of the dangers in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and it’s death instead of his dubious deception about the Word of truth leading man to usurp Christ by eating food that only Christ could rightly consume?  In freedom, the serpent sealed his own fate as he doubled down on his rebellion and hatred of the Word of truth seeking the corruption and destruction of the new and innocent living beings.  I guess Hebrews 6 is spot on about those who have tasted the goodness of God and fallen away.

In the creation of this dimension and the garden in particular, there was only one distinction between the two dimensions of the heavens and the earth represented that wasn’t stated, but has been revealed in the extrapolation of His leading.  This conclusion came in the testimony of Paul centuries later in 1 Tim 1:13-14, where a violent, blaspheming persecutor of God, is shown grace and mercy due to acting out of ignorance and unbelief.  The differentiation in the garden was the same.  The dust that received His breath that He called man did not “know” Him who formed him and (in many ways still does not know Him) therefore Adam acted in ignorance and unbelief as to who this living being truly was, and is and is to come.

They also never knew that in all respects, the serpent, the other voice in the garden was to be summarily ignored for they had no knowledge of good and evil.  Later Jesus said, My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27  And a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him for they do not know the voice of strangers. John 10:5  Because the breathing dust, made in the image of God, had no prior knowledge of good and evil that is punishable in death, they did not “know” what they were doing in failing to follow His leading, the intercession of His voice in repentance.  After consumption, God even asks the very question saying, “Woman, what is this you have done?”  I guarantee she had no clue, neither did Adam.

Here again, God uses a question to tell us things about Himself that expose our shallow understanding and relationship to Him?  But with expectancy for the light to dawn even amidst the consequences.

The heavenly beings on the other hand knew exactly what they were doing when they decided that they were going to rebel, seeking to become “like god“, “knowing” good and evil, but despising the unity in the love of The One true God who made it all.  In the garden by design, the serpent was given freedom and the opportunity to repent, but sealed his fate by reinitiating deception and evil into the beauty and innocence of God’s creation, encouraging the break from God’s unity, the image man was created in.  And although man did break from the unity in God’s Word just as those in the heavens before, until they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil man did not fully comprehend Him who they later heard walking in the cool of the evening and hid from in fear.

Man did not know God from the beginning as God to be known.  Just as today, no man is born knowing God.  But He seeks to train us up as children because He knows, no one seeks God. Rom. 3  It is for this reason that Jesus said, you must be born again.  But it was and always has been God’s design to bring man into Himself, for He made man in His image, with a vital component, God’s Gap to receive the voice of His unity in the living waters and follow.  To live off of His intercession in repentance.  And because of His undying love, the Father has spent millennium exposing opportunities for man to know Him, because despite all our “knowledge” of what is good and evil, WE don’t.  Without God’s continual revelation of Himself being poured out in intercession and a willingness in us to live off of this voice in repentance, we are just like Saul who thought he knew good and evil, prosecuting murderous judgments with vitriol and piety, but despite all his knowledge of good and evil, he did not know God whom he was persecuting.  No, but it was revealed to Him. Gal. 1:11-12

Here’s where it gets, uhh? Good?  Everything in the garden was allowed in freedom, by His design to bring about one thing.  A testimony to Christ and His living Word as judgement to the fallen eternal beings through His breath into the dust of this world. 1 Cor. 6:3  For the love of unity, He breathed into the ground and offered His voice of intercession, unsought that we might meet Him in repentance.  A living being that hears the voice of God and follows, giving all praise, glory and honor to the Creator God and His Christ for His great redemption and salvation.

His beauty found in repentance, is the free gift of restoration to the fallen through the grace and mercy of His Son, the soon coming King.  Who came into the world without condemnation, unforgiveness or judgement, the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the death that Adam and Eve immediately disgorged when they were confronted on their actions by God.

Christ took on it’s fruit in death receiving in Himself all the condemnation, unforgiveness and judgment in that tree.  Though as He lived on earth He offered freedom to the captives, the reinstitution of the tree of life that man was restricted from eating when he was banished from the garden.  Freedom to captives like Paul, and me and you, bound in the endless loop of small “g”..od operation in the consumption of tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Thinking we are “like” God, the serpent inspired impetus to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil arbitrating degrees of righteousness for ourselves and others, without paying the cost of it’s fruit, death.  Christ receives full honor and glory for speaking the two trees into existence, offering one in freedom, passing on the other as the Son of Man, dying to it’s fruit, making all things right for His Father.

This is why the statement, “You are free to eat of any from any tree in the garden; 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,” is eternal.

The two trees epitomize and personify the design and intent of God in Christ, at creation as well as when He walked the earth some 3500 years later.  And they will be represented in Him again when He opens the books and breaks the seals at the end of the age, where life and death, the division of good and evil, the separation of the sheep from the goats, good trees and bad trees is measured out.  The wooded existence of these two trees was reaffirmed in Deuteronomy 30, where God reminds us what He did with Adam in the garden and what Jesus would do in His earthly existence, placing as a witness before heaven and earth, life and death, with the admonition to choose life, listen to His voice, that whosoever, may love Him.

When Christ entered this world in the flesh, he restated these two trees as the dipole standard and basic spiritual framework of eternity past and future, His human existence sandwiched in-between, living out the Way, the Truth and the Life before all creation and man in particular.  Walking the earth He, upheld His own Word spoken to Adam and only ate and bore fruit from the tree of life, dying to or leaving aside the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, serving liberty to the captive, recovery of sight to the blind and proclaiming truth to the poor.

From the garden, both gardens to the place of the Skull, He took on the condemnation, unforgiveness and judgment of men and all their tree of the knowledge of good and evil conclusions about Him.  As he hung on the tree suffering and dying, He offered His voice, the intercession of the Father to forgive them because they did not know what they were doing, just like Adam and Eve didn’t know what they were doing when they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Jesus died like a criminal, not because he was a criminal, but because the condemnation, unforgiveness and judgment in man born of the ingestion and continual feeding on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was and is criminal before God.  Jesus never ate the fruit of that tree and laid down His life to the self-righteous judgment of the religious to confirm His authority as He was silent in judgement.

In this being so, it was finished.  He was establish or again reestablished as the first word in life and the last word in judgement, the Alpha and Omega.  This eternal proclamation reverberated throughout all of creation and the heavenly realms that not only had the sting of death in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil been overcome on earth, but by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ triumphed over it with life.  The fruit of the One tree we are continually being inspired to consume through the Holy Spirit and thereby be consumed by it.

Though it appeared as if the death from the garden, the fruit of the other tree had overcome life, the fruit of One tree, quite the opposite was true. Truly, the fruit of life on the One tree overcame the fruit of death on the other tree.  And having abstained from consuming the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil through life, Jesus then took on and suffered under it’s condemnation unforgiveness and judgement.  Taking on it’s curse of death, as He hung on that tree.  This little ponder stop confirms, there is no such thing as a coincidence.

He proclaimed liberty to the captives, freedom to the oppressed and recovery of sight to the blind.  His admonishment for those who would love God and seek to follow His voice was to abstain from condemnation, unforgiveness and judgement.  Why?  Because they are the fruit of tree of the knowledge of good and evil that mankind had and continues to suffer under to this day.  Our oppression, blindness and captivity that Jesus came to set us free from is the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, if we would only listen for His voice.  They are as the Spirit has revealed to me, CUJ In God’s Gap, the inhibitor and obstruction to the living waters of His intercession”.  For in the moment they ate, their eyes were indeed opened and they found themselves to be naked and hid from God.  The death of that fruit sprung forth instantly and was revealed when God asked the woman, “What is this you have done?”  In that instant, Eve blamed the serpent for beguiling her, then Adam blamed Eve and then he blamed God for giving her to him.  And there you have it, condemnation, unforgiveness and judgement on full display enters into the garden, the fruit of death in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Because the life in the voice of His intercession was not met in repentance, they ate and instantly upon interrogation, spoke judgement on just about everything within view becoming diametrically opposed to God in Christ who was reconciling the world to Himself not counting men’s sins against them. 1 Cor. 5:19

Looking over the sea of humanity today, we can surely see the fruit of death in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Nearly endless arrogant and self righteous arguments, disputes, disagreements, quarrels, squabbles and altercations manifesting in wars of words and turf, blame and shame.  This clash is the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil infecting all aspects of man’s existence.  It is a closed loop of mind and spirit that once entered into can not be exited, but through death, because it’s fruit is death on a tree, Uhh?  Our cross Jesus told us to take up and follow Him with?

This fruit of discord infects belief as well.  It keeps us blind to the truth and burdened with the same endless arrogant and self righteous quarrels and wars of words that choke out His fruit, the unity of Christ in His Word and the tree of life.  The unwillingness to hear the eternal admonition of God to abstain from eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil becomes unmistakable, appearing like a gash, rent on the hearts of people as this closed loop of sin consciousness and it’s repercussive self righteous condemnation, unforgiveness and judgement pours out.  It’s the promotion of the fruit of death over the life of Christ.  If you listen, you can hear it.  You will know them by their fruit.

This carnal thought pattern is continually being reinforced.  The Spirit has shown me that like the world, more people in the circle of belief eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil than the tree of life.  Again, more people in the circle of belief eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil than the tree of life.  In the closed loop of mind and spirit, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil creates a form of godliness, in thinking we have the ability to wield knowledge of good and evil, therefore reinforcing the lie of the serpent that we have become like God in knowing.  But if you don’t believe what He has shown me, you can ask Saul of Tarsus how that worked out for him.  He did not call it C.U.J. in God’s Gap, but he did acknowledge that was exactly what it was in his prosecution of Christ and His faithful.

To expose the lie of the serpent, we are already like God because God’s Gap was placed in our hearts at creation so we could hear His voice and enter into His unity in love.  Without following His voice in repentance, death ensues because His voice is life. Compounding that, the subsequent consumption of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil causes us to met judgement based on our perception of sin, good and evil.  Ironically, it’s something that Jesus never did.

The fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brings into man a blatant disregard of Christ, the tree of life and it usurps the work of the Holy Spirit who is commissioned to convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement.  Any bells going off yet?  Can you see it from the front row?  Hear the knock at the door?  This fruit in man creates the scattering Jesus spoke of in Matthew 12:30, in direct contradiction of the intercession of God, the calling to anyone with an ear to hear and willingness to follow the life of God in Christ who is STILL calling all to repentance (to follow with, after or behind), NOT counting their sins against them.

The discussion of these Two Trees, even twice, seems to be a wrap up, a culmination and foundational setting for the next season He will take me on.  This is the eighth piece of His continual rolling revelation to my soul over nearly 24 months.  It has become a new beginning, a revolution of understanding for the fellowship that is with, after and behind Him as He speaks.  This journey is and will continue to be a revolution, there is no doubt of that in my heart.

Because His words of spiritual insight and understanding are just that, revolutionary.  In this season, He has overthrown many of the common conceptions I was taught and had believed to be true.  A step of faith for sure as things I had read for years, knowledge I thought I possessed was washed away in the rush of His living waters.  Living off of His intercession in repentance being two of them, though they are one even as the Father and the Son are One.

He has revealed the treasure in His voice of intercession.  Though hidden, His question, What am I doing right now? laid open the depth of His desire for the interrogative relationship He lives in and desires to share with us.  Unsought understanding happened upon me in that moment, and has continued.  As an ear to hear has been inclined to the voice of His intercession, repentance has formed a break with the herd mentality of faith.  Like being born, again.  This is not an exclusion from His body of fellowship in some form of denominational division.  No! Never!  But a call to remembrance that in belief, in following His voice we are being called out of being part of the herd, we are called to be free, the sheep of His pasture.  His sheep, who know His voice and will not follow another, men included along with serpents.  His body is born out of that understanding and held together in truth, relishing and sharing the joy of His unity in love.

For all time, the motivation and reasoning of God has revolved around His desire to lead mankind into all truth, in freedom.  This has brought a baptism of fire to my soul as I have looked back across the sea of belief and faith and seen so much bondage to the will of man and dogma that shipwreck the life of Christ on the capricious shores of man’s opinion.

Life, the motivation, power, strength, and ability to do anything for Christ is in the Holy Spirit alone. (Rom 8)  He delivers every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God to our hearts door at God’s Gap.  He knocks because of His desire to enter into us in unity.  As that understanding begins to resonate in our spirits even what we thought we possessed can be shown to have been misplaced.  This is why He has led me to believe and proclaim that I live off of His intercession, every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God, in repentance.

The Holy Spirit is the most important asset the church has in this earth and He has been exercising His purpose in me creating a sense of wonder for His voice and what He is saying.  The imperative placed on my soul has been to listen for His voice and His voice ONLY; to ponder, consider, heed and seek to follow the truly amazing things He posits and deposits.  You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil being an eternal command is one of those deposits, it has born a high yield of interest.

Adam and Eve didn’t listen to the voice of God in the garden.  That is the original sin.  Almost every sin or failure ever chronicled in scripture stems back to not listening for and following His voice.  In essence, the failure to hear and follow the living Word of God is rotten fruit, wood, hay and stubble, fit for the fire.  Today, more often than not, many fail to listen for Him in silent patient desperation for the life of Christ that only the voice of the Spirit can supply.  Listening isn’t encouraged by the “teachers” for the paramount importance it holds.  Rather, it is the knowledge of good and evil, what is written and doctrines of men that are pushed.  If we know what is written and are following the doctrines of men, busyness and the desire for other things breed complacency and self-righteousness born of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Blinding us to the impetus of His desire for relationship born of His Spirit, the leading of His voice, that brings life to the words written and supplies the doctrine of Christ, Unity in Him.  The reinforced understanding is that because we know what the scriptures say we have somehow gained a relationship to God, but in the failure to listen for the life giving Spirit, His guarantee is we miss Him and what He is really saying.  Just ask Saul because he was sure he knew.

So instead of listening, they ate eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Righteous judgement was in that tree, but as spoken, man dies in the day he eats from it because he can not exercise righteous judgment, even from a front row seat.  Only He who was willing to lay down His life, and not eat from the tree will be able to take it up in the end.  We still eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil today.  And in the process of consuming what we’ve been told not to be eat, condemnation, unforgiveness and judgement CUJ in God’s Gap is fostered in our hearts.  We scatter people because our self-righteousness born of that tree comes up against the intercession of God in Christ who is calling all men to Himself, not counting any sin against us.

Life and being conformed to Godliness is in following the voice of the Holy Spirit.  This Life, these actions and deeds are being recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life that no man has ever read, but if you listen, even now, those words are being laid bare through the intercession of the Holy Spirit to those with an ear to hear, who follow with after and behind the life in His voice in repentance.

This is the testimony to God in Christ man was created for in the garden.  Fabricated in innocent ignorance of the heavenly realms from the dust of the earth, yet with perfect capacity to live in repentance, with, after and behind the voice of the one and only true God.  As children to be trained up in the way they should go, the unity He has always desired for us to live in with Him would be made complete in the coming Christ.

In the end when He makes all things new there will still be Two Trees.  They will be planted on either side of the river of the water of life, clear as crystal coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street in the city.  However, in that hour, it appears that a transformation will have taken place, for then, the Two Trees will both be the tree of life who’s leaves are for the healing of the nations.  As explained earlier the fruit of the One tree overcame the fruit of the other tree and now in both trees life has been authored in Christ.  It has always been the plan of God to bring to His to His children, those who follow the voice of His intercession Two Trees Twice.

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