The Bible is a combination of literal and figurative language. While being documented historical fact, it is also beautifully poetically written at the same time.
God made a garden and in that garden He placed two trees. One tree is the tree of life while the other is the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Now, we know that God also created a man and a woman and to them He gave them a garden that is described to be a place sounding majestic and heavenly. The only stipulation to living there is that they were not to eat of the fruit of the tree of good and evil since if they did, as promised they would come to know the things of God; both good and evil and eventually death.
And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”Genesis 2:16-17
The debate has always been, what was that dreaded fruit that brought humanity to commit that ultimate sin that led to the corruption of that beautiful garden? Was it an apple?
But I say the debate isn’t about what fruit that was.
I believe that it wasn’t even the two trees in that garden that God was talking about. Instead, what I believe God was talking about was the two people He just created.
These two people who lived perfectly in that garden, as if like a brother and a sister eventually fell passionately in love. Their love for one another was right and true, but it was only the sixth day.
God told them to go and populate the Earth, but it being the sixth day, the seventh day, a wedding day had not even been created yet. Even still, the man took the woman’s fruit and then their child was born, before marriage, eventually populating the whole world as God had instructed.
So, what I believe is that God kindof fooled the man and the woman, in a way, because He needed them to sin since He wanted them to learn the difference between good and evil to know what He knows. Mankind needed to make the choice to know.
God knew that the sixth day would actually be thousands of years in man’s days for these two people to finally understand what is the difference between good and evil.
Here we are, still a man and a woman except in this time we are collectively each either a man or a woman.
God defines us now as either Jew or a Gentile (all non-Jews). It is when we also fall in love, as the man and woman did that a child will be born, called the Messiah, and that is when we truly know everything and the full face of God will finally be revealed.
In The Garden
He is life, A great, mystical tree, Symbolic in nature, Eternally free. She is root, Hidden, deep below, With a foundation enduring, She is a mystery to know. Combined is the essence of Him. Revealed is the depth of love Divine, Captured, perfectly, over a history of time. Good and bad, Back to their own identity. As it was in the garden, The One tree of serenity.