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THE TREES IN THE GARDENS

 

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BIBLE SCRIPTURES;

 

(GENESIS 2:15-17; 3:22-24) (ACTS 10:39, 40 with John 19:40-42) (LUKE 23:39-43 WITH REVELATION 22:1-4, 14)

 

 

God redeemed the children of Israel out of Egypt.  They began their journey and went out into the wilderness of Shur.  It then says in (Exodus 15:22-25) “They went three days in the wilderness and found no water.  And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore the name of it was called Marah (meaning bitterness).  The people murmured against Moses, saying, what shall we drink?  Moses cried unto the Lord, and THE LORD SHOWED HIM A TREE”.  There is a lesson here for us in these words.  This world is described as a “dry and thirsty land, where no water is”, (Psalm 63:1).  Because of sin, man is separated from God and at enmity with God.  No matter what a person accomplishes or accumulates in this life, there will be a void, emptiness within, a thirst that can never be filled or satisfied apart from reconciliation to God.  The Bible puts it this way in (Mark 8:36) ‘What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul”?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul”?  Did you ever realize that you could lose your own soul?  If you go through life rejecting God’s Savior and God’s offer of salvation, you are in pursuit of other things in exchange for your own soul.  There is a “time to die” for every person.  Death is the absence of the spirit (soul) from the body.  At death the body goes to the grave to await resurrection to either eternal life or eternal judgment. (Read John 5:28, 29).  Your spirit or soul however, will pass immediately to either the conscious enjoyment of Heaven or the conscious torment of Hell.  (Read Luke 16:22, 23).  Which will it be for you my friend?  How can you escape Hell and gain Heaven?  THE LORD WANTS TO SHOW YOU A TREE.  The answer is in a TREE, called the “TREE OF LIFE”.  In this message we want to consider “THE TREES IN THE GARDENS”.  By way of outline we will focus on the following: 

 

1.       THE TREE OF LIFE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN (GENESIS 2:15-17; 3:22-24)

2.     THE TREE OF LIFE IN THE GARDEN OF THE CRUCIFIXION (ACTS10:39, 40; JOHN 19:40-42)

3.     THE TREE OF LIFE IN THE GARDEN OF HEAVEN (LUKE 23:39-43; REVELATION 22:1-4, 14)

 

 

  1. THE TREE OF LIFE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN (GENESIS 2:15-17; 3:22-24)

 

The Lord wants to show you THIS TREE.  When God created Adam and Eve, they were put into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.  (Genesis 2:16).  It then says, (Genesis 2:16, 17) “The Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”.  They disobeyed God and fell into sin.  As soon as they sinned they sought to hide their sin.  They became aware of their nakedness and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves aprons. (Genesis 3:7).  It is a picture of man’s inadequate efforts to deal with the issue of sin in their own lives.  When God came into the Garden and called Adam, he along with his wife, was hiding amongst the trees of the garden.  The trees were for food and beauty, and the TREE OF LIFE” was God’s provision for eternal life; they were not intended as a hiding place from God.  Their fall into sin brought shame, fear, sorrow and death.  God’s judgment was pronounced upon them.  When sin came in, death came in.  The moment Adam sinned he died spiritually; years later he died physically as well.   It says in (Genesis 3:21) “The Lord God made coats of skins, and clothed them”.  An innocent animal was sacrificed to provide a covering for their sin.  Blood had to be shed.  This was a foreshadowing of a greater sacrifice (the sacrifice of God’s innocent Son) that would be required to provide the believing sinner a “robe of righteousness and a garment of salvation”.  God was true to His word and judgment was pronounced upon them.  It says in (Genesis 3:23, 24) “The Lord God sent him (Adam) forth from the Garden of Eden”.  “He drove out the man, and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim’s, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the TREE OF LIFE”.  Because of sin, Adam and Eve forfeited their right to the TREE OF LIFE.  Dear reader, the story of Adam and Eve is no mere myth, folklore or legend but an actual event in human history.  Sin has been transmitted by Adam to all his posterity.  The whole human race has been infected with the “virus of sin”.  It says in (Romans 5:12) “As by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned”.  Here is the result of Adam’s fall upon his posterity.  Notice how “all encompassing” this verse is.  We have the following revealed to us:

 

·        We have the SOURCE OF SIN – “By one man”

·        We have the SPHERE OF SIN – “sin entered into the world”.

·        We have the CONSEQUENCE OF SIN – “and death by sin”

·        We have the DEVASTATION OF SIN – “and so death passed upon all men”

·        We have the UNIVERSALITY OF SIN – “for that all have sinned”.

 

Dear reader, this truth affects you personally.  It says all have sinned and all will die.  This includes you.  Will you be saved and escape hell and gain Heaven?  Because of sin, Adam and Eve and all their posterity, have been banished from the Tree of Life.  Judgment upon sin was absolutely necessary because God is a holy, righteous and just God.  But God is also a God of love, mercy and grace.  Even in the midst of judgment being pronounced upon our first parents, God spoke of One who would come that was called “the seed of the woman” (speaking of His Beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ).   God said there would be a conflict between the serpent (Satan) and Jesus Christ.  The Lord would “bruise the serpents head” (Satan’s mortal wound) though He Himself would be bruised in the conflict (Calvary and the Cross).  See (Genesis 3:15).  This conflict would involve another tree.  We can rightly call this:

 

  1. THE TREE OF LIFE IN THE GARDEN OF THE CRUCIFIXION (Acts 10:39, 40) & (John 19:40-42)

 

The Lord wants to show you THIS TREE.  We read in (John 19: 41) “In the place where He was crucified there was a GARDEN”.  Speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ, it says in (Acts 10:39) “Whom they slew and hanged on a TREE”.  This is what sinful man did to Him.  (Isaiah 53:3)”He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief”.  The Son of God was the delight of His Father’s heart.  The heavens were opened unto Him on a number of occasions and God’s voice was heard to say (Matthew 3:16, 17) “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.  Before sinful man however, it was a different matter.  (Psalm 69:4) “They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head, they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty”.  They said (Luke 19:14) “We will not have this man to reign over us”.  Before Pilate, the loud cry of the Lord’s enemies was (John 19:15) “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him”.  Then we read in (Luke 23:33) “And when they were come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him”.  Here is man’s ultimate sin and supreme rebellion, the execution of God’s beloved Son. 

My friend, it was for your sins that Jesus hung upon that cross at Calvary.  Have you ever considered this?  It says in (1 Peter 2:24) “Who His own self bare our own sins in His own body ON THE TREE”.  (1 Peter 3:18) “Christ …suffered for sins the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God”.  But, at Calvary, we not only have the sinful, rebellious heart of man revealed, we have also the display of God’s love in all its fullness.  The divine side of Calvary is that (Romans 8:32) “God spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all”.  The Lord Jesus Christ was (Isaiah 53:4) “Stricken, smitten of God and afflicted”.  (Isaiah 53:10) ”It pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief, when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin”.  After the Lord Jesus hung upon the cross for three hours, there was a supernatural darkness that covered that scene for the next three hours.  During those three hours of darkness the waves and billows of God’s wrath and judgment were poured out upon Him.  When He took your heavy load of sin upon Himself, He bore the judgment of God that was due to you.  Calvary’s cross was a “tree of death” for the Savior, but it can be a “TREE OF LIFE” for you my friend if you will believe in Him and accept Him as your own personal Savior.  The Bible declares with no uncertainty that man is unable to provide salvation by his own efforts, be they ever so religious, righteous or remarkable.  But, God has made a way of salvation and has revealed it in His Word, the Bible.  The gift of God’s righteousness is available to all who will believe.  Will you believe in God’s beloved Son?  There is nothing in this life that you will ever achieve or receive that can be compared to God’s gift of salvation.  The hymn writer put it as follows;

 

Salvation, Salvation, Vast, full and free

Through the precious blood of the Son of God

Who was slain on Calvary

 

We love to sing of the Lord who died,

And His wondrous love proclaim

How there’s life and peace through the Crucified,

And salvation through His Name.

 

Oh, the height and depth of His boundless love,

And His mercy who can tell,

When He came to the cross from the throne above

To save our souls from hell.

 

For those who are saved, “born again” by the Spirit of God, they will have access to “THE TREE OF LIFE”. They will have access to:

 

  1. THE TREE OF LIFE IN THE GARDEN OF HEAVEN (Luke 23:39-43) & (Revelation 22:1-4, 14)

 

The Lord wants to show you THIS TREE.  In (Luke 23:39-43) we read the story of the conversion of the thief as he hung upon the cross next to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Upon the thief’s confession of faith in Christ, the Lord said to him (Luke 23:43) “Today shalt thou be with me in PARADISE”.  PARADISE” is a Persian word that means a “park” or enclosed “garden”.  The Jews used this word to describe the place where the redeemed (those saved and born again) go between death and resurrection.  For us today it means heaven.  In the “garden of heaven” there is a tree.  It says in (Revelation 22:1, 2) “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there THE TREE OF LIFE, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of THE TREE were for the healing of the nations”.  Regarding the “Tree of Life”, we further read in (verse 14 of the RV) “Blessed are they that wash their robes (a metaphor for obedience to the Word of God) that they may HAVE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE, and may enter in through the gates into the city”.  Dear reader, if you remain in your sins and continue to reject the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will have no right, no access to the “tree of life”.  It says in (2 Peter 3:9) “The Lord is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”.  God, in wondrous love, mercy and grace, has put THE TREE OF LIFE WITHIN OUR REACH.  Because of “the tree in the garden of the crucifixion” man can have access to “the tree in the garden of heaven”.  The poet stated it as follows;

 

Glory to the blessed God, and the Lamb who shed His blood

From the throne the river flows, bringing life wherever it goes.

On each side the LIVING TREE, in our reach by faith we see

TREE OF LIFE for everyone, who believes in God’s own Son. 

 

WHOSOEVER, glorious word, telling out the heart of God

He His judgment has delayed, wishing all men to be saved

It’s for every bitten one, just to look on God’s own Son

Live and tell out far and wide, that for all men Jesus died.

 

My friend, I can tell you on the authority of the Word of God, that God loves you.  He wants you to be saved.  As you read this message you are at “the crossroads” in your life.  Which way will you go?  Will you continue to reject the Savior and God’s offer of salvation?  Or, will you believe on Him and receive Him as your Lord and Savior?  It’s your decision and your responsibility.

 

Please give this matter your most serious attention.  Will you be a believer or a non-believer?  Your eternal destiny depends on your decision.

 

CHRISTIAN MESSENGER