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Ralph's Daily Devotional - Thursday, February 22

Most scholars interpret the two trees of Genesis 2:9 ultimately as symbols of Jesus, who is both our life and our wisdom. 

The tree of life is mentioned in Revelation 2:7, Revelation 22:2 and Revelation 22:14.  In Genesis 3:24, having disobeyed, Adam and Eve are prevented from further taking of the tree of life.  Adam and Eve do not possess the eternal life that seems to have been a potential had they continued in obedience.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil may be a merism, which is a literary device demonstrating a figure of speech that pairs two opposites together.  If so, the tree represents full knowledge.

It appears from its title that the knowledge is one of moral discernment between good and evil.  The tree itself does not contain evil since God created all things as good (Genesis 1:12).  The tree brings forth good or evil based on one's response to obeying God.  Like all things in life, it is how we use anything for good or evil that defines ourselves.

At this point in time, God had desired that they solely depend on Him for such full knowledge.  His intention was, like children to a father, that they gradually grow in such knowledge depending on Him, rather than being self-willed and desiring immediate gratification, not to mention listening to Satan.

As Christians, we have a new "tree command."  It is to remain in the vine of Christ as His branches (John 15:1-6).

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