“A TREE TO BE DESIRED” A ‘temcat’ study
“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3:6 Two trees in the centre of the garden; the ‘Tree of Life’ and the ‘Tree of Knowledge’. People, who readthis account and just see two trees, are missing one of the grandest lessons on salvation in the whole Bible! It is a fact in Bible prophecy that the first time a subject appears in the Bible is most important, and all major aspects of it are present in the first account. So here in the centre of the garden we see the issues of what was to become the Great Controversy spelled out for us with greatclarity. To begin our exploration of the subject first we need to understand some basic facts about God. We all know the basic that “God is Love”-1John 4:16 “And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” But ‘Love’ is a very abused word in our language and we don’t always have a clear concept of what the‘Love of God’ really is. ‘Love’ in our culture all to often degenerates into a sentimental feeling of warm teddy-bearishness that tells us nothing accurate about the character of the Great God of the universe. Let’s see what the Bible says: “And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, TheLORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” Exodus 34:5-7: “To shew that the LORD is upright: he is myrock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.” Ps 92:15 Here we see a character described that is 100 % good. We know also that the Ten Commandment Law of God is, in truth, a representation of God’s Character put into human concepts. There is another aspect of God’s character that is very important to us to understand: De 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, whichkeepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;” God is 100% faithful; He does not change or go back on His word. Now we see something else in verse 14: “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:” Because God is 100% good and righteous altogether, he has absolutely no toleration of wrong. Hedescribes this intolerance of evil as His being ‘Jealous’. Now Jealousy is something the Bible has some warnings aboutSong 8:6 “…jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.”
We see the Hebrew word translated ‘jealousy’ is . It is also translated as ‘envy’ but also as ‘zeal’. In the text “The zeal of Thy house has eaten me up” itcan also be read as “Jealousy for Thy house”. It seems strange to us to have something we tend to think of as an undesirable trait, to be part of God’s make up, however a little study shows us that God has much more to say about being a Jealous God in the Bible, than He does about being Love. But it has to be put into perspective. Man is naturally evil since the fall and therefore the Jealousy ofman, like the wrath of man, worketh not the righteousness of God. (Jas 1:20) But God is 100% righteous, or good; He is also 100% faithful and unchangeable. So now we begin to understand. It all goes back to God’s intolerance of evil. Ps 45:7 “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness:..” Why does God HATE? To understand that just look at what He hates- He HATES wickedness! Why? Because...
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