Today, our focus is on the Bible concept of The Tree of Life.
Bible scholars and Bible teachers all have a different understanding of the phrase, The Tree of life. What it means to me may not be what you take it to be. The Holy Spirit is the only one that interprets to us when we study the word.
The word of God is so relevant and real that we can apply it to our everyday life. It is full of in-depth understanding and insight.
The Bible is the foundation for Christian and Catholic living. This is the source we should always go to not any other book. We have different motivational books and study guides, these are good but they should not be the basis. They should serve as a means to an end. The Scripture is the final.
The tree of Life in the midst of garden of Eden
The first place where the tree of life was mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 2:9:
“And out of the ground, the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
Until the fall of man, after Eve was deceived by the serpent and then Adam, where they both ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A man had access to the tree of life in the garden. God gave Adam and Eve permission to eat from every tree. Studying further in the book of Genesis, we are made to understand that man was meant to live forever.
The importance of this tree of life is eternal life. Every child of God still has the hope of sharing from the fruit of the tree of life.
Can we call Jesus a Tree of Life?
The relationship we have with Jesus should be a very meaningful one that gives us eternal life. It is, therefore, pertinent to say that Jesus is like the Tree of Life. This is because of Him, we are able to grow spiritually and flourish in every area of our lives. Just because of Him, we also have eternal life. In the book of John Chapter 15, all that was mentioned may be applied to the Tree of Life. We must have it at the back of our minds that the Word didn’t call Jesus a Tree of Life.
When we discuss the Scripture, it is very important that we do not add nor subtract words to what the Bible actually states. Yes, we know Jesus compared himself to a vine, but he only did this in order to teach His disciples’ godly principles. Jesus also called Himself the bread of life and the light of the world.
The Tree of life mentioned in the Bible
This phrase appears only twelve times in the Bible. Usually, it refers to the Tree of Life that existed in the Garden of Eden. This can be found in Genesis 2:9, 3:17 and it also occurs in the Book of Revelation several times. In Rev 2:7 and 22:2 just to mention a few.
It was a sin that separated man from the tree of life and it is only by being washed in the blood of the Lamb which is Jesus Christ that we become partakers of the hope of eternal life.
Although we have never tasted the tree of life physically, believers are partakers of its fruit.
Also, the book of Proverbs where The Tree of Life appears is used in different ways. Examples of these passages are listed below.
A soothing tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit. Prov 15:4.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. Prov 13:12.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls. Prov 11:30.
Critically examining these bible verses gives us the different connotations what the tree of life means. The Tree of Life in these passages all has meaningful, refreshing and fulfilling meanings that are applicable to our lives daily.
There are many and various meaning of the Tree of Life among different cultures and religions. In Catholic Christianity, the tree of life symbolizes the state before the fall. Represents an eternity, an everlasting life. We can easily say the Cross and the Jesus himself is a fruit of the tree of life. Therefore, putting on a symbol of Tree of life around the neck or getting other art items which represent this sign is not against our faith.
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