THEME: TREE OF LIFE
“Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”
-Tree of life in Hebrew is written as Etz Ha-Cha’yim. From the Hebrew syntax of this verse, one can learn that man had to choose between living eternal life or receiving knowledge. When Adam ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he became like God knowing good and evil. God in His trinity said that the tree of life would be withdrawn from him lest he eats of the tree of life in a state of sin and be condemned forever. Jesus came to save us from sin so that we may not die in sin but receive everlasting life. The two contrasting trees remind us of the dreams that the butler and the baker had in Genesis 40. While the butler saw a vine tree in-front of him with three branches and pressed the ripe grapes into Pharaohs cup, the baker saw three white baskets of baked goods and birds ate them from his head. The butler was restored back to his position but the baker was hang, and birds ate his flesh from the head. Christ is the Vine and we are His branches. The Vine can be likened to the Tree of life who is Christ. While Judas Iscariot had a chance to repent and receive Christ, he condemned himself by hanging like the baker. We are called to come to Christ in repentance and through the washing by His precious blood we will receive the gift of salvation leading us to everlasting life.
Thank You Abba Father for the gift of life and enabling us to start yet another week in good health. Thank You for filling our hearts with the joy of Your salvation, we give You all the praise. Lord You judged the nation of Egypt by sending them a plague of locusts, have mercy on our nation and forgive us all the sins that we have committed; loving Father. You are our Vine Jesus and we are Your branches, cleanse us with Your precious blood and show us the way we should go. You died on the cross for us all and imparted unto us Your righteousness Jesus, remember us with mercy Righteous Judge and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Go before us Lord we humbly ask You and make all the crooked paths straight. Be with all those who are suffering among us Lord and deliver us by Your mighty hand. Bless the works of our hands Dear Jesus and enable us to bear much fruit according to Your promise. May Your goodness and mercy follow us; all the days of our lives and we shall dwell in Your house forever. Amen
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