Sunday, March 15, 2009
The repeated theme of the Two Trees
8 “You shall not at all do as we are doing here today—every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes— (Deuteronomy 12:8)
Repeatedly, throughout the Scriptures, there is a continuing theme of the Two Trees, which first appeared in the Garden of Eden. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is the very root and beginning point of all Humanism, in all of its vast variations. The most fundamental issue that characterises Humanism is "every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes." This phrase is often repeated throughout the book of Judges, but the activity and end result of such a way of life appears repeatedly throughout the Scriptures, and also throughout the long history of the world.
In contrast, the Tree of Life is characterised by Faith, and Faith is manifested in full trust that God is good, and every command that He issues is good, and arises out of His inherent goodness, and as such, we trustingly obey all that God has commanded, even when we do not feel like it, or cannot see the point in doing as we are told.
Sin in me often rebels against the commandments of God. Sin in me hates the commandments of God, and my pride will often fool me into thinking that I know better than God. However, Jesus and His Holy Spirit, very graciously lead me to a place of humility, sometimes after I have chosen my own way, and sometimes before I have made the foolish choice. However, every time, the wisdom of God is revealed, and I cannot but marvel at how wonderful the commandments of God truly are.
Oh how I love Thy Law. Please Lord, let the cross of Calvary so work in me that I will not hesitate in choosing Thy commandments as I am faced with the decisions of daily life. I no longer want my own way. "I delight to do Thy will, O Lord, and to walk with you is not grievous unto me." "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."