Just about everybody has heard about that ancient tree in the Garden of Eden which bore the fruit that lured the first parents of the human race. What was it about that tree? Satan probably hit the nail on the head when he said ” Ye shall be as gods knowing good and evil.” The lie was not the knowing of good and evil, it was that there was an opening among the gods. “Ye shall be as God.” Adam and Eve wanted to decide for themselves between good and evil, to be autonomous.
The correction for the fall in Eden was the kingdom of God, hence the second tree. Jesus said the kingdom was like a small mustard seed which when planted grows into a large tree so the birds of the air find a home. This tree brings men and women back into dependency on God into the kingdom of God. These people bear the fruit of the Spirit which is hanging all over this kingdom tree. The table is turned. Now the slaves of the pretender god of this world are being lured by the fruit of the kingdom tree. Sweet irony.
There’s a tree in the garden
In the garden of evil
Bears the fruit of the Spirit of God
And it’s free in the garden
In the garden of the devil
Took root from the smallest seed pod
And it grew to the heavens
To the heavens of God
But it drove down its roots in the sod
And it stays in the garden
The garden of the devil
A-blooming like Aaron’s bare rod
The fruit’s for a-picking
And many who fall
And who take the fruit home to their kin
There’s others are peeking
And yearning and seeking
What the god of this world calls sin.
“Stay away from that tree
Or you’ll answer to me. ”
Calls the prince of this world, undone
“Come with me if you dare
See the powers of the air
Get a piece of my town , Babylon.”
Oh the birds of the air
Make their nests in its heights.
And they cackle and caw, raise their voices
Yes the kingdom come
Is for everyone
All creation gives thanks and rejoices