Before we begin, we need to understand what sin and lack are and why they exist. Understanding their origins helps us understand true prosperity and how to enter into its divine grace.
Please open your Bible to Genesis 3:17. You can pause this audio if you need to get your bible.
We’re going to read Gen 3:17 – 19.
“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.”
That’s pretty clear. After Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge the Lord curses the ground. Before this event, we can assume that fruit, herbs, and vegetables grew naturally and proportionally according to the needs of people. But from the time of the curse, it was up to people to plant and harvest food according to need. From that point, people are to provide for themselves through labor.
Now let’s take a closer look at these verses. First notice the words, “Cursed is the ground for your sake.” God did this because both Adam and Eve rejected eternal life and supply with God. Instead, they chose the knowledge of sin and death.
Before that moment Adam and Eve lived in unison with God's glory. Their experience of God was continual. God appointed the abundance of the earth as an eternal supply. The tree of life which delivers life to the children of God also resides with them on earth. There was no sin or lack spiritually or physically before Adam and Eve reject God’s eternal supply.
Additionally, God allows into existence the tree of knowledge which brought sin, lack, and labor to all future generations.
The account divulged in Genesis raises several important questions. First, why would God call a tree that produces fruit that reveals evil the tree of knowledge? Why would God allow this tree to grow in the Garden with Adam and Eve? And why did God call everything “good” after examining the creation on earth, including this tree?
Genesis 2:8 – 9 explains that God created the Garden of Eden and that He made EVERY tree to grow out of the ground and among those trees were both the tree of life and the tree of knowledge.
So it appears as if God planted both trees in the Garden. It seems counterintuitive to think that God would plant the tree of knowledge despite knowing it would perpetually corrupt the human creation.
The short answer to the question, “Why God would allow the tree of knowledge to exist in our presence?” is this, without the knowledge of good and evil we cannot be more like God.
I know that’s a shocking statement because that’s what the serpent said to convince Eve to eat of its fruit, but it's the truth.
Now I want you to consider a few points…
If you were only good and of the highest spiritual quality, like Adam and Eve before the fall, would you know what creation is about, or would you only possess half the knowledge? You would possess half the knowledge. You would only know everything that's good, not evil. If someone explained to you what evil is, you wouldn’t really know what it is unless you actually experienced it first hand.
Here's more to consider. Unless we experience sin and death we could never experience sacrifice. Think about it. If everything is given to us without the need to work the concept of sacrifice cannot be known, and sacrifice helps us to grow in love for others.
If everything is given to us, we could never understand the experience of giving to others. Experiencing lack instead of free abundance, helps us understand love and sacrifice. This kind of spiritual development is not possible if everything is provided for us.
Let's go further. Without sin and death, we could never experience deep sacrificial love, faith, or trust in God.
Notice that the qualities of sacrifice, giving, and love are the qualities Jesus displayed during His ministry which led to our salvation and called to emulate.
Our opportunity to be more like God is possible because sin and death were introduced into human creation.
So by this point, you might be thinking that the serpent in the Garden was telling the truth. That’s partially correct. The snake is a deceptive creature.
The reptilian enemy told Eve that she wouldn’t die if she ate of the fruit. That was a lie! The serpent said that if she ate of the fruit she would be more like God knowing both good and evil. That's 100% true, but the truth is combined with the lie that she wouldn’t die. The scripture rips the facade to reveal the face of our enemy.
If you’re still wondering if the knowledge of good and evil, makes you more like God look at Genesis 3:22 and read for yourself what God says about the situation:
“Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become more like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.”
What you just read are the words of God spoken right after humanity began to experience sin and death. From that moment we had a more complete understanding of creation plus we had the tree of life to provide us with eternal life energy in the body.
In this verse though, it's explained that the tree of life must is removed. If God hadn’t removed it, a corrupted human creation could have grown into all types of powerful gods.
In a state of degradation and empowered by God’s life force, we would have destroyed the world and everything in it. I think that’s exactly what satan wanted.
Without the tree of life, we were forced to develop self-control and seek God for higher spiritual sustenance. So God began to build the new relationship with us. By speaking His laws to us, establishing immutable covenants, and sending godly leaders and prophets to guide us, God helps us in our quest for inner development.
Then God sent His son, Jesus, the King of kings, the Prophet of all prophets, and the savior of the world to deliver salvation and the Holy Presence of God through one sacrifice.
Through Jesus God restores the tree of life to us, but we can’t enjoy it unless sin and death are first stripped away, which came to us through our acceptance of His sacrifice on the cross.
The challenge for us is not to revert to the old ways of sin and death once we are cleansed. Though the soul may be stripped of the darkness brought by sin and death, our heart and mind may still wander back to old the familiar ways. This means our ability to more fully enjoy the tree of life spiritually built within us which bears fruit in God's likeness is hampered.
Meditation is the key. Meditating on God's word until your mind enters a state of alpha, or theta, is how you begin living the landscape in God's word. A continuous and persist meditative discipline of concentrating on every word, phrase, and message in the Bible is how we seek the spiritual realm of God and once again enter the grace of God that provides everything we need. (Matthew 6:33)
Take some time today, tomorrow, and the day after to study, concentrate and think about God's word until it becomes a living word in your mind. The Bible says that the pure in heart shall see God. If you think, speak, and act influenced by God's word, you will see and hear God.
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