"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in." ~ Isaiah 58:12
After we as mankind refused to let God’s life come into us in the Garden of Eden, it wasn’t long before we forgot what God had taught us about His purpose for us and how we were to live on this earth. But now God is about to reveal His mind to man in such a way he won’t ever forget it.
By miracles, He brings Abraham’s children to the desert mountain known as Sinai. In an awesome display of thunder, lightning, and the quaking of this huge mountain, God shows these “children of Israel” that He is the God who created them and is worthy of their utmost respect. To begin this mind-altering process in man, God calls Moses up on the mountain, and, with His torch-like Hand, begins to engrave letters into the rock. Moses watches in awe as ten commands are burned into the side of Sinai. God then with His finger cuts the outline of two tablets separating them from the rest of the rock bed. Moses, watching the smoking tablets, begins to read them: “You shall have no other gods before Me…” (Exodus 20: 3). Ten such commands reveal how God thinks about Himself, about man, and how He expects us to treat Him and those He has created. God tells Moses to take them to the people at the foot of the mountain. He wants men to know how He thinks, and, because He wants them not to forget it, He’s written it down.
The effect of this Sinai experience will be world-changing. Now, for the first time, the mind of God has been summarized and written in stone. Anytime man reads these words Continue reading →
When we as mankind chose to eat of the wrong tree in the Garden of Eden, we lost our opportunity to be what God created us to be. We “sinned and [fell] short of the glory of God.” We could no longer be a vessel of the life of God.
So what now?
Is the noble dream of man being a vessel God could flow through lost forever? Is all possibility of man intimately knowing his Creator gone for eternity? Is man hopelessly lost?
Well, yes—and no!
Let me explain. Looking at man’s situation from the human perspective, he is hopelessly lost. He is filled with the selfish attitude of, “I want what I want when I want it.” No one could pay man’s debt of one perfect life which was owed to God; no one would be able to break the cycle and come up with a perfect life. Thus, from man’s viewpoint, there was no hope…
In the Garden of Eden God placed two trees which He named. What we as man did with those two trees would determine all the rest of history.
Besides the Tree of Life, there was another Tree in that Paradise: The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. This tree represented the opposite way of life. This way of living would be motivated by what happened outside of man. Instead of being inspired by the moving of the Life of God deep within him, if he chose to eat of this tree man would be rejecting God’s offer to come inside him and be his life. He would be choosing a way in which he would make his own decisions, instead of allowing the flowing will of God to come through him.
Consider the name of this tree. It was The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Hebrew word for knowledge comes from a root word which, in essence, means to know by experience. If Adam ate of this tree he would be saying to God: “God, I want to experience the good and experience the evil in a particular situation, and then make my own decision as to which I think is best for me.” He would be saying Continue reading →