THE TREES OF LIFE AND KNOWLEDGE 2
In our article last week, we saw that if we ‘eat’ FIRSTLY of the tree of life, we will have BOTH the knowledge of the invisible God and the knowledge of the physical world and so know its limitations and NEVER give more of our attention, effort and affection to the creation rather than the Creator!
Furthermore, the light of life that comes from the ‘tree of life’ will cause us to excel in natural knowledge like Daniel:
Daniel 5:14 NKJV: I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you.
Daniel 5:14 AMP: I have heard of you, that the Spirit of the holy God [or gods] is in you and that light and understanding and SUPERIOR wisdom are found in you.
Daniel 6:3-4 NKJV: Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. (4) So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him.
This week, we will see HOW to ‘eat’ DAILY, FIRSTLY of the tree of life, BEFORE ‘eating’ of the tree of knowledge.
We ‘eat’ DAILY, FIRSTLY of the ‘tree of life’ by seeking FIRST the Kingdom of God DAILY; by labouring: for the life of God (Pro. 10.16, Jn. 6.27-29), in prayer in the Spirit (Eph.6.18) with travail (Gal. 4.19, Rom. 8.26, Heb. 5.7) and in reading and study of God’s Word (1 Tim 5.17, 2 Tim. 2.15).
AFTER this, we then ‘eat’ of the tree of knowledge: natural knowledge of the things we are involved in, like our education, vocation, business, etc.
As we do this, we will have BOTH revelation and natural knowledge and in fact see, by revelation, the hidden secrets of natural knowledge hidden in God’s written Word: the Bible.
For example, the truth of the recent physical discovery of ‘dark matter and energy’ is hidden in the Bible as physical invisible power and matter through which God’s invisible spiritual power was used to create and is still being used to control (for example, the observed increased expansion of the universe, when it should be slowing down because of gravitational attraction) the physical observable universe (normal matter) world:
Hebrews 11:3 AMP: By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV: So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Furthermore, Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and consequent time dilation: different measures of time in frames of reference moving relative to one another or at different levels of gravitational potential is hidden in:
2 Peter 3:8 AMP: Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. [PS. 90:4.]
Also the fact that the earth is round (though believed to be flat for centuries) is hidden in the scripture:
Isaiah 40:22 NKJV: It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
In fact ALL the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are HIDDEN in the written Word and can only be seen by the light of life, which we get when we ‘eat’ of the ‘tree of life’.
Colossians 2:3 NKJV: In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Psalms 36:9 NKJV: For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.
Psalms 119:130 NKJV: The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
So let us FIRSTLY ‘eat’ of the tree of life DAILY, BEFORE we ‘eat’ of the tree of natural knowledge!