Wisdom And Discernment
Carefully read Genesis 3 out loud, even though it may be a familiar story. Pay attention to details you may not have noticed before. Look up additional scriptures throughout the study below as well as those He brings to your mind. Pray for wisdom and discernment, for Yahweh to show you what He wants to teach you today. Make notes. This should be regular practice with Bible study.
Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil – The World’s Way
No one would choose to do evil if there were no pleasure in it and it did not seem good. The forbidden tree actually had good qualities; it was pleasant to look at, the fruit seemed good for food and the serpent told Eve that it would open her eyes and she would be like God. Knowledge can be a blessing (truly good) when given by God, or a curse and a distraction (evil) in that without love and wisdom from God can cause one to be prideful, arrogant and self righteous (1 Corinthians 8:1). Occasionally we all have fallen into this trap and if we are not careful to repent, it will lead us down a more dangerous path.
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man (Adam), and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned ---... ~Romans 5:12
But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolators, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."~Revelation 22:8
So knowledge of any kind comes with great responsibility to choose wisely. Adam and Eve made a burdensome choice with huge consequences, not just for them, but for all generations to come. Our choices do affect others even when it would not seem so. Along with corruption comes the fight for survival in an often cruel world and we must cling to Him in order to overcome. Satan is hostile towards humans, but especially God's people and his goal is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). However, Satan cannot touch Yahweh and he cannot harm humans without their cooperation which involves deceptively trapping them into sin.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but it's end is the way to death. ~Proverbs 14:12
I am going to share a story with you that is a good example of partial truth: One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, My son, the battle is between two wolves. One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too." The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?" The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."
It is very true that this battle rages within each one of us. And it is true that the one you feed is the one that wins. However, let us put this in proper perspective. The complete truth is that God Wins. He simply cannot be left out of the equation because good and evil are not equal forces.
Tree Of Life – God’s Way
Adam and Eve failed and their relationship with God was severed, but our merciful Yah already had a plan. The temporary solution to restore the relationship involved animal blood sacrifice to atone for sin. It had to be a serious reminder so they would understand that sin leads to death. This was in preparation for the future and final sacrifice of the perfect Lamb of God Who is Yeshua, our one and only Salvation. Yah's Way is the superior, righteous and victorious choice. (Hebrews 9-10)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of (true) knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~Proverbs 1:7
The heart of the discerning acquires (His) knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. ~Proverbs 18:15
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace...~Proverbs 3:13-18
So as we make our daily choices, let us not compare it to two wolves being fed, but to the two trees, one of life which bears good fruit and one of destruction which bears bad fruit. ...the fruit of the (Holy) Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. ~Galatians 5:22-25
A highway shall be there, And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, But it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. ~Isaiah 35:8
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who overcomes/conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. ~Revelation 2:7