1. out of the ground
2. pleasant to the sight and good for food
3. tree of life
4. tree of the knowledge of good and evil
For those who are rule based and like to exclusively focus on rules and technicalities they might want to also focus on the phrase ‘in the midst’ even as this no more significant than the phrase ‘made every tree grow’. But then hairsplitters will be hares-splitters.
This is not a difficult verse to understand but unfortunately like many simple, clear and straightforward verses, passages and messages of the Holy Christian Scripture, most of professed “Christianity” just doesn't seem to understand it. And the reason they don't (i.e. those who don't understand), is because they just don't and won't believe GOD, they just plainly refused to believe anything that GOD had recorded, anything that GOD said even as they proclaimed and asserted that they “oh so absolutely believe in God andor Jesus Christ” of the Christian Holy Scriptures. Everything that GOD had recorded that HE said and communicated, they must twist it and add spins to it so that it could be made to mean something else that agrees with whatever they wanted to believe and wants you to believe, even if this means twisting them to some totally ridiculous things such as “Sex is the Original Sin”. One can't help wondering about their so called faith which they claimed gave them access to grace, when very obviously they don't even have the simple faith to believe a very plain and simple record of the Holy Christian Scriptures.
By this I am referring to the prevailing doctrines of the Christmas religion that have for more than one thousand seven hundred years taught that the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was sex; that Adam having sex with his wife, Eve, committed a sin, the original sin; that all mankind since have been born into sin because their parents had sex in order that they be conceived; that sex in itself is a perverted filthy sin.
Today some of these proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of the Christmas religion may no longer openly and explicitly teach and advance that sex was the original sin, but they still hold to this concept of an original sin of the first family that had all the rest of mankind without committing the same, condemned by. This is not any less implicitly evil as that which purported that sex was the so called Original Sin.
The same was recorded in Genesis chapter 2 verses 24 and 25. Genesis chapter 2 verse 25 explicitly recorded that when Adam had sex with his wife Eve, neither of them felt any shame (Genesis 2:25) while performing the sex act of having sexual intercourse.
GENESIS CHAPTER 2 VERSE 9
Conceptual meanings of ‘tree’ [`ets] (depending on the context):
1. Tree, or of trees.
2. Wood and other product of trees.
Conceptual meanings of ‘life’ [chay] (depending on the context):
1. Main concept is that which has life or is alive or living or having life or having characteristic of living or life.
2. Life, is alive, of being alive.
4. Lively, full of live, active therefore also of flowing
5. Growing as a characteristic of live or of something living or is alive.
Please read in this blog the discussions ‘Life and Death’ as well as ‘Soul and Spirit’ for further elaboration of this term ‘life’ [chay], on what exactly the Scripture meant by ‘life’, and by ‘living’.
Conceptual meanings of ‘pleasant’ [chamad] (depending on the context):
1. pleasing, pleasant, desirable (adj).
2. desire, have desire, covert, lust (v).
In Strong’s Concordance the word ‘midst’ [tavek] corresponds to Strong’s Number H8432 and occurs 415 times in the Old Testament records of the KJV.
Conceptual meanings of ‘midst’ [tavek] (depending on the context):
1. Among, amongst, midst, in the midst.
2. Middle, center.
3. Between, within.
2. Knowing, realizing.
3. Intent as in acting from knowing or on learning.
4. Realization, awareness.
2. Good, of value, of desirable value.
3. Goodness, that which is good or of benefit, beneficial.
4. Abundance, plenty, plentiful.
5. Full as in of good things, bounty, bountiful.
2. Bad (adj, adv, n).
The Trees In The Garden Of Eden. [trees]
Genesis 2 verse 9 recorded that the Garden of Eden which GOD planted was full of trees that were both appealing and nutritious. And among all these trees were just two specially named (i.e. identified) trees. One was called, named or defined as the Tree of Life while the other was named and defined as the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. All the trees except for one were given as food to Adam. But of the tree named, identified and defined as Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, GOD warned Adam (Eve wasn't created yet) commanding him not to eat of anything from that tree.
One of the areas in which you will find scant Christian teachings or doctrines, whether that by true Christianity (in the one true Church of GOD or among the Elect who are no longer in GOD's one and only Church but are all scattered in your own preferred churches of gods because they lusted to worship the men who have set up this churches) or fraudulent identity thieving murderous so called Christianity, is that concerning the significance of the Garden of Eden. Yet the Garden of Eden is an essential part of the Christian Gospel message that teaches us about GOD's plan and purpose for man on the planet earth and the process through which GOD will rid evil from HIS creation forever.
What was the significance of GOD planting a garden in Eden? Why would GOD need to plant a garden for the first family of man? Isn't the earth created by GOD and restored to its original state after the destruction by rebellious Angelic personages a conducive place to start off the first family of man made in the image of GOD? A good question to ask would be, ‘Why would GOD create the earth as a mankind unfriendly place, a harsh and often times dangerous place and then placed mankind made in HIS image and likeness into it? Couldn't GOD made the whole earth a perfect paradise garden, and if HE could why didn't HE?’ Well, because GOD being truly all knowing already knew (even before time began, before the physical universe was created) full well that Adam and Eve would disobey to take and eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and Evil, contrary to the evil lies of all the evil so called Abrahamic religions claiming to be of GOD and also all ego lust driven men (includes women) lifting themselves up as these supremely supreme proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of GOD. This one single truth alone would already have totally exposed all the evil lies of all so called Abrahamic religions that they are not and were never of GOD but are of Satan the Devil and his cohorts, the demons, all of them going all out to malign and slander (i.e. blaspheme) GOD and to get mankind to lust obsessively.
There will be many of these so called Abrahamic religions especially those who are the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of these evil religions who would ask, ‘How would GOD being all knowing exposed us, revealed us to be agents and servants of Satan the Devil and his demonic cohorts?’
Anyone who knows how to ‘put two and two together’ would (or should anyway) see and understand this plain simple truth. But all those who don't understand and want to understand, you can check out the discussion on this in the blog, ‘The Holy Bible Expounded’, in the multiple installments (i.e. parts) discussion on ‘Why Create Life Through The Process Of Evolution’ under the installment ‘The So Called Abrahamic Religion – Know the Basics’ where the discussions is on the plain and simple truths which expose the so called Abrahamic religions as being of and from Satan the Devil and the demons in cohort with him. That is the reason their doctrines while pretending to glorify GOD are all explicitly engineered to mplicitly blaspheme GOD to the maximum. This (delay in disclosure) is to allow ego mega supergorgers room to indulge and get their full fix of lust that their condemnation may be fulfilled (i.e. filled to the fullest). All the rest who do not understand this, do not feel discourage, because gaining understanding is a process that takes time, perseverance and a true (as opposed to a false or fake) sincere effort looking to and seeking GOD who gives understanding to the meek and the contritely ignorant. All of us are ignorant to some degree and to some extend on somethings and most things. But all the brazenly arrogant in their ego supergorging lust will refuse to understand.
Now if you have thoroughly read through and have sincerely studied seeking to learn the truth about the whole Gospel message translated into Christian Bible and really understood it, you would (or should anyway) have appreciated the fact that the planet earth in its present existing state (Romans 8:20 – 22) has not exactly been a paradise made for mankind. That was why GOD planted a garden for Adam and Eve to live in safe and conducive environment while being shielded, protected, provided for and blessed by GOD (Job 1:10). That was also the same reason GOD evicted them when they broke faith with HIM in direct disobedience to rob (Malachi 3:8) HIM, choosing to trust and to believe a strange snake which talked rather than to believe and trust the GOD WHO had created them and provided for all their needs and legitimate wants.
After Adam and Eve had disobeyed GOD’s specific direct instruction and command not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, GOD told Adam they were to be driven from the Garden of Eden for robbing GOD (Malachi 3:8), taking what was expressly forbidden:
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
The New Living Translation translated this verse:
In evicting Adam from the Garden of Eden, GOD was just conceptually saying, ‘Since you have rejected MY rule over you (Genesis 3:17) I will no longer directly provide for,shield, protect and bless you and your family, you will have to fend for yourselves on this harsh and dangerous earth’ (Genesis 3:17 – 19) until you returned to dust from which you were made (i.e. die the cessation of your life). From then, Adam and all that descended from him were to irk out their livelihood on a planet teeming with natural self reproducing life that was design to react and adapt to the changing habitat, a planet that will sustain him and his family but at the same fraught with hardship and danger (from predation, diseases and the natural forces of nature) inherent from the physical elements of this life sustaining planet. If we can (or if we would choose to, rather then deliberately pretend to be stupid so that we don't) understand this then we would (or should anyway) understand there is no such thing as Original Sin whether sex or whatever, that had all mankind who born thereafter to be sinners, except that all are under sin because all through their own acts sinned when knowing good they chose to do evil in the process of their lives from attaining mind maturity.
While to Eve, the gist of what GOD said was that henceforth the fruit of her womb (i.e. what she would conceived — ‘your conception’) will only bring her pain and sorrow (Genesis 3:16; 4:9). All these statements are prophetic (Genesis 3:14 – 19) including the judgment on the power behind the talking serpent (Genesis 3:15).
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
And the serpent saith unto the woman, `Dying, ye do not die,
and of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou dost not eat of it, for in the day of thine eating of it -- dying thou dost die.'
If you do a check on what the various religions of the world believed some hundred or more years back, you would find that most held to the doctrine of souls of those who died going somewhere or going through some sort of transition. These religions include the mainstream “Christians” sects. This should be shocking since no where does the Christian Bible teach such a doctrine of the dead not really dying but their soul continuing on living either in heaven, hell or some other place. Today (from 2009 C.E.), quite a few the leading experts, defining authorities and godly masters of these religions have started to spin a new twist to explain this belief.
Intelligence And Knowledge
The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil. [tok]
The reason all these so called religious experts and authorities are totally clueless and had gone into ridiculous errors is that none of them really believe the Holy Christian Scriptures. The only one slight complication about this tree is that it is firstly symbolic. But then the Christian Bible uses symbolic language and allegories quite extensively, but that of course does not make the entire records of the Holy Christian Scriptures into one big allegory as many also have advocated. You can learn the truth about how to read and understand the Christian Holy Scriptures from The Holy Bible Expounded blog of this author.
Please read The Keys To Unlocking The Mystery Part IV of The Holy Bible Expounded for the meaning of the main symbols used in the Holy Scriptures.
And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
Let us consider the situation in the Garden of Eden just before Eve decided that distrusting and disobeying their GOD, MAKER and BENEFACTOR was a good thing, a desirable thing, a wise and expedient thing to do.
But before we do that we need to understand that the recorded account of all that transpired in Genesis was just the skimpiest of summaries as I also wrote in my discussion on the Genesis chapters. The Genesis account was probably given to Moses in a summary of the event highlights, with just the briefest of details to teach the Children of Israel both their genealogy and how this world of theirs got to the condition it was in when they entered into the Ten Commandments Covenant with GOD. The account was probably given to Moses while he was forty days and forty nights up on Mount Sinai to receive the two tablets of stone written with the Ten Commandments by GOD for a reminding sign of HIS Covenant with them. I certainly hope that none of you reading this had thought that it would take GOD forty days and nights just to write the Ten Commandments on the two stone tablets.
Everyone who had ever spoke about this particular tree that was forbidden having appointed themselves as leading experts and masterful authorities had totally failed to mention this simple fact. They were all as fixated as Eve was after her encounter with the talking serpent on this particular forbidden tree. And because of this fixation they just couldn't get a perspective of what Adam and Eve had done, how deceitfully they had acted in taking the forbidden fruit. Nor did all these proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives focused on how deceitful and acrimonious both Adam and Eve became after eating it. If they had they would have understood why eating of the fruit of this tree would cause Adam and Eve to be evicted from the Garden of Eden. Instead they according to the measure of their ego supergorging lust have been spinning all kinds of stories, fables, spins and twists to show off to everyone just how much of an expert and just how supremely masterful they are.
So symbolically then, the Tree of Knowledge of Good And Evil represented just one most basic of things. And that was faith and trust, who would we choose to believe and trust, would we believe and trust GOD or would we just only trust ourselves by giving into every lust that fills our imaginations. Because if you really understand why Eve chose to believe the serpent you would know that it is not because she really fully trusted the serpent. Likewise Adam. For the discussion on the real reason why Eve chose to believe the serpent please read in the book ‘Bible 101 - The Holy Bible Expounded’ by this author, the chapter, ‘Self Righteousness And The Righteousness of GOD’.
The Knowledge That Kills.
Take a look at our world today and understand why, why with our so called great enlightenment that began taking place many centuries ago resulting in our technologically advanced and knowledge based societies of today, the societies of man are still so regularly and pervasively punctuated with carnage and violence? Even aside from national and international conflict and wars, within the midst of peaceful nation states, violence continued its endemic rampages. Our enlightenment and knowledge had not made even a dent in the evil that proliferates and pollutes this world, much less of stopping it. As our population increase, as our social order advances in knowledge, evil had grown right along side it.
But ever since from the time Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden because they could no longer be trusted to only do what is good and right, GOD have continued to raise up small numbers of men and women throughout the centuries to learn and be equipped to appropriately handle the fruit from that Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. These men and women are HIS Elect, the sincerely faithful and obedient disciples of JESUS. Starting from righteous Abel, Enoch and Noah in the Antediluvian world, through Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, the Judges and Prophets, to the Apostles and members of the Church of GOD. These select few men and women through their lives calling by GOD are being trained and equipped with the critical attitudes and motivation to develop the sincere unfaltering faith in GOD and genuine sincere unreserved love for GOD and one another. For these, knowledge no longer kills but build them and prepare them to be ready and worthy to attain to the perfect Kingdom of Heaven in a new forever perfect creation of GOD where evil will no longer have any place. This is what the whole intent and purpose of GOD has been since the beginning. This is the clear simple message that is obvious to all who have read thoroughly read the Christian Bible and still know how to put two and two together to understand the full complete message of the Gospel of the Kingdom of GOD.
Ultimately and fundamentally then, the Knowledge of Good And Evil is about culpability, culpability from the empowerment of knowledge. If all the proclaimed and acclaimed super mega supremely intelligent brilliant geniuses leading experts, defining masters and authorities of the human social order would not deliberately pretend to be stupid they would and should know that basically evil is about the abuse of power whether little or much. From the easiest for an individual to carry out in just one utterance, a spoken or communicated message, to malign and slander another, to the most brutal of violent mass murders and genocide, all evil doers do evil because they are able to do so with varying extent of impunity of being able to get away with it for a period of time no matter how short.
And all the proclaimed and acclaimed Superlatives of religion and history including every thoroughly diligent student of religion and history, if they have not been deliberately pretending to be stupid, would (or should anyway) know that the Great Harlot church of the Christmas religion for centuries until her power to do so were curtailed, had been persecuting, torturing and murdering all those who would not submit to her evil authority, targeting specifically those who would continue to honor and obey the command of LORD JESUS to be faithfully honoring, keeping and performing the commemoration of HIS death as the New Everlasting Covenant (1 Corinthians 11:24 – 26). And if you think you can believe the Christian Holy Scriptures you would (or should anyway) know that not too long from today (2011 C.E.), the Great Harlot church of the Christmas religions will again regain her power to continue her murderous rampages in her attempt to destroy the Church of GOD. This will be when the fourth Beast of Nebuchadnezzar's dream vision will again be revived in the seventh and eighth Beast prophesied in the book of Revelation.
Truly most of the concepts in Genesis 2 verse 9 are simple and straight forward such that there should not be any difficulty to understand them. Yet for centuries the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil has been preached until this very day to be all kinds of things except for what it really is. The doctrines of the Christmas religion that it was ‘sinful filthy sex’ of course ‘took the cake’ for utter ridiculousness, but that should not be any surprise to those who know the true nature and identity of the Christmas religion.
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