Children’s Study – Adam and Eve, Part 6

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Adam and Eve

Part 6

by Victor Torres

Hello children. Last week we learned that we should love God more than anyone or anything in this world. We also learned that we show our love to Him by obeying Him. We learned that Adam and Eve didn’t do this. They believed the devil instead of believing God that they will die if they eat of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. We learned that they died spiritually by disobeying Christ. Disobedience is like killing the new person in us. That new person is Jesus Christ in us.

We also learned that the Lord disciplines everyone He loves. This is what we, your parents, do to you; we discipline you because we love you.

Today we will learn how all these are connected to the two trees that were in the middle of the garden.

Gen 2:9 Then the LORD God caused all the beautiful trees that were good for food to grow in the garden. In the middle of the garden, he put the tree of life and the tree that gives knowledge about good and evil.

So the two trees that were in the middle of the garden were (1) the tree of life and (2) the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Although I am teaching you that these things are code words that God uses to tell us something, these things are real. These two trees were real physical trees, and there was a real garden of Eden. Satan did appear as a snake to Eve. Adam was really made out of earth or soil.

What most people don’t know though is that God uses these real things as code words to tell us how we should live our lives. They read the story of Adam and Eve, and they think that it is nothing more than just a story about two people who disobeyed God. Why did Jesus do this?

Mar 4:11 Jesus said, “Only you can know the secret truth about God’s kingdom. But to those other people I tell everything by using stories.
Mar 4:12 I do this so that, ‘They will look and look but never really see; they will listen and listen but never understand. If they saw and understood, they might change and be forgiven.'”

There you go, kids. Jesus does not want all people to see the meaning of these code words that we are teaching you. He said “They will look and look but never really see”. And “They will listen and listen but never understand”. The only people who will understand are those who belong to Christ’s body.

He said “if they saw and understood, they might change and be forgiven”. But we have already learned that in the end all will understand, all will be changed, all will be forgiven, all will be saved.

1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
1Ti 2:4 who will have all men [all mankind] to be savedand to come to the knowledge of the truth.

So back to those two trees. How is God using them as code words?

Let’s start with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When Adam and Eve ate the fruit from that tree, they knew that they were naked. We know that nakedness is sinfulness, so they knew that they sinned.

Gen 3:7 Then it was as if their eyes opened, and they saw things differently. They saw that they were naked. So they got some fig leaves, sewed them together, and wore them for clothes.

In the Old Testament, we will later learn, Lord willing, God has given His chosen people, known as Israelites, a set of commandments or laws through a man named Moses. This include the ten commandments.

In the New Testament, the Lord Jesus Christ has given His followers a set of new commandments.

Joh 1:17 That is, the law was given to us through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Those laws given through Moses are called the law of Moses and the laws given through Christ the law of the Spirit.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is actually a code word used by God for the law of Moses. Here is the verse that tells us that:

Rom 7:7 What then shall we say? That the law [of Moses] is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law [knowledge of good and evil], I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”

To covet is to want something that is not ours. So the law of Moses said:

Exo 20:17 “You must not want to take your neighbor’s house. You must not want his wife. And you must not want his men and women servants or his cattle or his donkeys. You must not want to take anything that belongs to another person.”

There it is, kids, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is code word for the law of Moses. So when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they knew that they were naked, they knew that they sinned. Just like the law of Moses, we read in Romans 7:7 that we would not know that wanting something that is not ours is bad if the law of Moses did not say that we shouldn’t covet.

Now let’s find out what the tree of life is code word for.

Do you remember what will happen if you eat the fruit of the tree of life?

Gen 3:22 The LORD God said, “Look, the man has become like us–he knows about good and evil. And now the man might take the fruit from the tree of life. If the man eats that fruit, he will live forever.”

There’s the clue right there. Anyone who eats the fruit of the tree of life will live forever.

In the New Testament, there is someone that says that about Himself.

Joh 6:54 Whoever partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

There it is! The Lord is the one who was speaking in John 6:54. He is the tree of life! Whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life.

Of course He is not telling us to literally eat His flesh and drink His blood. That would be gross, right? He’s using code words again. Why does He use code words again? Because He only wants a few people to know what the secret is to enter the kingdom of Heaven. He is only choosing a few people to be in the first resurrection. Everyone else will be saved in the second resurrection.

If He’s not telling us to literally eat His flesh and drink His blood, then what is He telling us then?

Joh 6:56 Those who eat my body and drink my blood live in me, and I live in them.

That’s a very good clue there, kids. The people who eat His body and drink His blood live in Him and the Lord lives in them. If the Lord lives in you, you will eat the same food that the Lord eats. Here’s what the Lord eats:

Joh 4:34 Jesus said: My food is to do what God wants! He is the one who sent me, and I must finish the work that he gave me to do.

There it is kids, if our Lord is living in you, you will also do what He does. You will also do what God wants. How do we know what God wants? We read the Bible, and we listen to the teachings of the teachers from the body of Christ.

Joh 6:68 Simon Peter answered, “Lord, there is no one else that we can go to! Your words give eternal life.

So the way we eat the fruit of the tree of life is to know what God wants us to do and to do those things. That includes obeying our parents. That will give us eternal life.

If you remember, kids, the tree of life was also in the middle of the garden, along with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Gen 2:9 Then the LORD God caused all the beautiful trees that were good for food to grow in the garden. In the middle of the garden, he put the tree of life and the tree that gives knowledge about good and evil.

We know why Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. Eve saw that the fruit is beautiful and tasty. She knew that if she ate it, it would give wisdom. She also was being tempted by Satan, a spirit who is able to deceive (or trick) the whole world. Adam then listened to Eve and also ate the fruit.

What about the tree of life? How did it look to them?

Isa 53:2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire [want] him.
Isa 53:3 He was despised [hated] and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

That’s what we think of Jesus Christ and His laws, kids. We don’t want Him and His laws at first. We want to eat [or obey] the law of Moses at first. How many of you would rather play video games or hang out with your friends rather than study the Bible or do your homework?

The law of Moses and the law of the Spirit have big differences. Here is one big difference:

Law of Moses:

Mat 5:21 “You have heard that it was said to our people long ago, ‘You must not murder anyone. Any person who commits murder will be judged.’

Law of the Spirit:

Mat 5:22 But I say to you, anyone who is angry with his brother without a cause will be subject to punishment. And whoever says to his brother ‘Raka!’ will be subject to the Council. And whoever says ‘You fool!’ will be subject to hell fire.

Being angry with someone without a cause means being angry with those who did something wrong with you and thinking that God had nothing to do with what they did. Remember that God wrote what they did even before they were born.

So under the law of Moses, you are already righteous if you don’t murder anyone. But under the law of the Spirit, that’s not enough. You can get angry with someone, but you should not try to get even with them. This is because you know that God caused them to do that.

Here’s another big difference.

Law of Moses:

Mat 5:43 You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.”

Law of the Spirit:

Mat 5:44 But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.

So under the law of Moses, we can love our neighbors and hate our enemies. But under the law of the Spirit, it is not enough to love our neighbors (those who are friendly to us), we must also love our enemies!

That’s the problem with the law of Moses or the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It is not good enough.

2Co 3:6 He makes us worthy to be the servants of his new agreement that comes from the Holy Spirit and not from a written Law. After all, the Law (of Moses) brings death, but the (law of the) Spirit brings life.

There it is right there, kids. Our Lord also taught Paul, who wrote this letter to the Corinthians, that obeying the law of Moses will only bring death to you. That’s what He taught Adam and Eve: “the day you eat the fruit of that tree, you will surely die”.

What other parts of the law of Moses do other people do today? One of them is tithing. This is giving 10 percent of your income to their church thinking they will make God happy by doing this. The problem is ten percent is not good enough for God. God wants your whole life. You must serve the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your heart and with all your might.

So obeying the law of Moses (giving 10 percent) is actually disobeying the law of the Spirit (giving all your life) in this case.

Another one is keeping the Sabbath. Under the law of Moses, you must not work during the seventh day. Some people do this on Saturdays, and some people do it on Sundays. We were looking for some place to eat yesterday (which was a Sunday), and we had a hard time because a lot of the people here observe the Sunday Sabbath.

Observing the Sabbath is like observing any traditions of men like Christmas, birthdays or Halloween.

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

See that, kids? The Gentiles, meaning those who don’t believe in the law of Moses, do by nature the things that are said in the law. We have already learned that our nature (in Adam) is not good enough to God. We must be changed to the nature of Christ.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

That is one big difference between what we are teaching you here and what other churches teach. We teach the law of the Spirit, while they teach the law of Moses.

Questions:

1) So the two trees that were in the middle of the garden were the tree of _____ and the tree of the knowledge of __________.

2) Mar 4:12 I do this so that, ‘They will look and look but never really s___; they will listen and listen but never u__________. If they saw and understood, they might change and be forgiven.'”

3) 1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
1Ti 2:4 who will have ___ men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the _____.

4) Those laws given through Moses are called the law of Moses and the laws given through Christ are called the law of the ______.

5) To _____ is to want something that is not ours.

6) The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is code word for the ___________ .

7) The one who said whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood has eternal life is the tree of life. Who said it?

8) Joh 4:34 Jesus said: My food is _______________! He is the one who sent me, and I must finish the work that he gave me to do.

9) Isa 53:2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no ______ that we should desire [want] him.

10) Law of the Spirit: Mat 5:44 But I tell you to love your ____ and pray for anyone who mistreats you.

11) 2Co 3:6 He makes us worthy to be the servants of his new agreement that comes from the Holy Spirit and not from a written Law. After all, the Law (of Moses) brings _____, but the (law of the) Spirit brings ____.

12) Give me two examples of laws that are under the law of Moses that people still do today.

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