Focus    on Purpose
Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

What is the Tree

of Life?

“In Hebrew, if two words are spelled the

same, even though their meanings seem to

be totally unrelated, they are in fact telling

you different dimensions of one unified

idea.” Rabbi Daniel Lapin.

How Would We Know if Adam Ate From the Tree of

Life?

Did Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Life? How could we know? Would there be evidence one way or the other? To answer this, we would need to know something about the tree to know what effect it would have upon the one who ate from it. Though the Bible does not tell us much about the tree directly, I believe it does leave a trail of clues. The first and most obvious place to start, is to look at the Hebrew word for 'life'; what does it mean? There are various ways in which the transliteration is spelt, but I think most will recognize it as 'Chaim' or "Chayim," which means 'life', but not mere existence; it speaks of a fullness of life, a freshness, vitality, vigour, health, and quality of life. So when the Bible speaks of "life," it speaks of an 'aliveness' or vitality, vigour, energy, in every part of your body, soul, and spirit (which includes the mind).

Proverbs versus The Tree of Life

The book of Proverbs speaks of "a tree of life", and I believe these references will be speaking of different dimensions of the tree of life. So what does Proverbs say? "She (wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast." (Proverbs 3:18) “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls." (Proverbs 11:30)   "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12) "A soothing (or healing) tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit." (Proverbs 15:4) What do these four proverbs have in common? If they are dimensions of the Tree of Life what are they saying about the Tree of Life? Let's look a little closer at the 4 references above : Proverbs 3:18 says that Wisdom is a tree of life; is there a connection between wisdom and righteousness (the second reference in the list above)? Proverbs10:21 says, "The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding." This verse intimates that the feeding flows from understanding. In Proverbs 8:14 Wisdom says: "I am understanding..." Proverbs10:31 says that "The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom." The righteous hate falsehood (Proverbs13: 5) and they walk in integrity; in Proverbs8:7 wisdom says: "my mouth will utter truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips." In Proverbs8:20 wisdom says: "I walk in the way of righteousness..." In Proverbs8.8 wisdom says : "All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness." Desire fulfilled? (Third reference in the list above) Psalm 145:19 says that God fulfils the desires of those who fear Him and Proverbs 9:10 tells us that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..." Proverbs 3 also tells us that wisdom "is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; and in her left hand are riches and honour. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast." And Proverbs 2 tells us that if we truly search for her, we will find her.  A Soothing or Healing Tongue? (Last reference in the list above) Proverbs 12:18(b) tells us that it is the tongue of the wise that brings healing. In addition to the mentioning  of a tree of life in the Book of Proverbs, the Bible also tells us: God said to the Israelites : "Choose life ... by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life ..." Deut 30: 20 Jesus said : “And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent." John 17:3 Jesus also said : "I am the way, the truth, and the life." And Paul tells us that "Christ is the ... wisdom of God." 1 Cor 1:24 Reflect on this and I will continue next week.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

What is the Tree of

Life?

“In Hebrew, if two words are spelled

the same, even though their

meanings seem to be totally

unrelated, they are in fact telling you

different dimensions of one unified

idea.” Rabbi Daniel Lapin.

How Would We Know if Adam Ate From the Tree

of Life?

Did Adam and Eve eat from the Tree of Life? How could we know? Would there be evidence one way or the other? To answer this, we would need to know something about the tree to know what effect it would have upon the one who ate from it. Though the Bible does not tell us much about the tree directly, I believe it does leave a trail of clues. The first and most obvious place to start, is to look at the Hebrew word for 'life'; what does it mean? There are various ways in which the transliteration is spelt, but I think most will recognize it as 'Chaim' or "Chayim," which means 'life', but not mere existence; it speaks of a fullness of life, a freshness, vitality, vigour, health, and quality of life. So when the Bible speaks of "life," it speaks of an 'aliveness' or vitality, vigour, energy, in every part of your body, soul, and spirit (which includes the mind).

Proverbs versus The Tree of Life

The book of Proverbs speaks of "a tree of life", and I believe these references will be speaking of different dimensions of the tree of life. So what does Proverbs say? "She (wisdom) is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast." (Proverbs 3:18) “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls." (Proverbs 11:30)   "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life." (Proverbs 13:12) "A soothing (or healing) tongue is a tree of life, but perversion in it crushes the spirit." (Proverbs 15:4) What do these four proverbs have in common? If they are dimensions of the Tree of Life what are they saying about the Tree of Life? Let's look a little closer at the 4 references above : Proverbs 3:18 says that Wisdom is a tree of life; is there a connection between wisdom and righteousness (the second reference in the list above)? Proverbs10:21 says, "The lips of the righteous feed many, but fools die for lack of understanding." This verse intimates that the feeding flows from understanding. In Proverbs 8:14 Wisdom says: "I am understanding..." Proverbs10:31 says that "The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom." The righteous hate falsehood (Proverbs13: 5) and they walk in integrity; in Proverbs8:7 wisdom says: "my mouth will utter truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips." In Proverbs8:20 wisdom says: "I walk in the way of righteousness..." In Proverbs8.8 wisdom says : "All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness." Desire fulfilled? (Third reference in the list above) Psalm 145:19 says that God fulfils the desires of those who fear Him and Proverbs 9:10 tells us that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..." Proverbs 3 also tells us that wisdom "is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; and in her left hand are riches and honour. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast." And Proverbs 2 tells us that if we truly search for her, we will find her.  A Soothing or Healing Tongue? (Last reference in the list above) Proverbs 12:18(b) tells us that it is the tongue of the wise that brings healing. In addition to the mentioning  of a tree of life in the Book of Proverbs, the Bible also tells us: God said to the Israelites : "Choose life ... by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life ..." Deut 30: 20 Jesus said : “And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent." John 17:3 Jesus also said : "I am the way, the truth, and the life." And Paul tells us that "Christ is the ... wisdom of God." 1 Cor 1:24 Reflect on this and I will continue next week.
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