Genesis 2:8-9, 16-17 - Three Trees


We study the trees of the garden of Eden.

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Class Date:
June 16, 2013 //
62 min (14.2 MB) //

Scripture References


Genesis 2:8-9, 16-17 - Three Trees
Genesis 2:8-9, 16-17 - Three Trees
Genesis 2:8-9, 16-17 - Three Trees

Additional Notes

Prayer verse: Romans 11:33-36

Spiritual principles:

  • By nature, all mankind wants to be like God knowing good and evil, and the result is we literally choose death.
  • Yet God has provided a way to the tree of life through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, and by giving us the Holy Spirit so that by His power we can choose life.


Have you considered that the three trees may not be literal? My intent is not to spew false teaching, but I would like to know how you defend your interpretation against the following interpretation of the original sin:

I'm trying to comprehend the logic of the non-literalness of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and also that of the actual role of the serpent in the fall of the first woman and man, as suggested by the anonymous comment. I'm surprised that this ancient unbelieving argument still raises its head:
In Gen 1: 28 God directly instructs Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply - was God referring to fruits or animals in that verse? Or to procreation? - To procreation, of course - way before the fall!
Most importantly, not a single word in Genesis Ch 3 - the core source of this argument - suggests any references to sexual sin.
Why don't we just let the Bible say what the Bible says?

Thank you for answering the first comment, Ife'.

The simple biblical defense to the referenced article is contained in Romans 5:12-21.
Verse 12 says, "By one man sin entered into the world."
Verse 19 says, "As by the one man's disobedience many were made sinners, ..."
Neither of the above speaks about Eve or Satan as the origin of mankind's sin, but only Adam.
In addition, Acts 17:26 says, "God made from one man all the nations of mankind to dwell on the face of the earth."
Both Cain and Abel were Adam's physical sons.

The referenced article contains much speculation and stretches in applicabillity of other passages.

Ken McElreath