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The Tree of Life was always good eating

There is no indication that Adam (mankind) was not eating of the Life Tree. Perhaps daily during the “cool of the day”? Both Adam and Havah were permitted to eat of ANY tree in the garden except for the Knowledge Tree. If there was 2 main trees in the middle of the garden (does it say that?), one you could eat and one you couldn’t, how is it possible that they didn’t eat of it? If YHVH drew attention to them both over and above any others (at least that is what we read in scripture) I would certainly go check them out.

Yah says “in the day you eat of the Knowledge Tree you will die”, but they don’t actually die. I have heard people teach all around this. Is there another method of death? In a fantastic podcast, Mirimam Brand discusses how the Masoretes attempted to reconcile things and added some punctuation in this passage. The snake uses a classic “forked tongue” in saying “Undying one you will die“. The word “death“, (muwth) is simply repeated here, but in context clearly the serpent is attempting to get Havah (and therefore mankind) to eat this.

Is there also a concept that “Existing you are not Alive”?

Created for Death?

There are numerous animals and processes created in creation that have either a direct or indirect role in dealing with death, dead things, or in some way recycling. Predators, as well as scavengers exists and we believe Yahweh created everything. Perhaps predators are/were a distortion of the original creation, but the massive amount of microbiological, insects, small animals, birds and other living creatures cannot be accidental. Everything from a micro level to a macro in creation has a clear and inherent structure for recycling and conversion of matter and energy.

Is it possible death itself is designed into creation? That death in original context is the ending of the purely physical, whereas the death talked about in the Garden is talking about the disconnection from Yah?

Living Soul vs Existing Soul

We see in the creation story that Elohim breathed into Adamah the “neshamah“, and then “Adam” (which is all mankind) became a LIVING SOUL. All the previous animals appear to already have a soul (nephesh). But Adam experienced a totally different and unique (to the creation account so far) element. Now mankind (Adamah) was alive, whereas before, the status was different.

So if this “neshamah” is the difference, and Adam was already existing prior to the infusion of “the neshamah”, existence is not the same thing as “being alive”. Animals were existing, some possibly human like in form and function. But once Yah breathed the neshamah into a specific one, the bible begins the story and a separation occurs.

Regardless of the path creation took, the Life Tree could possibly be the element that would sustain that “Living Soul” breath. The breath was a spark, the fruit was the sustaining resource. One was the start, the other was the maintenance. One was involuntary, the other was the voluntary responsibility of mankind.

Would we then would say death is the removal or absence of the “neshamah”? Is it a return to the appetite driven, instinctual existence that animals have? When you combine that existence with the toolset and unique characteristics of humankind, you have a dominant species that will consume everything else including each other.


Life Tree

It is only after eating the Knowledge Tree fruit, that Elohim decides that Adam and Havah cannot be allowed to eat from the Life Tree. In fact, the Creator puts guards (watchers?) at the gates to the garden to ensure mankind is unable to access the Life Tree. Why? Yah says this stops Adam from coming into the garden and eating from it and existing in a state of being “like us” permanently. This doesn’t mean mankind would simply eat of it one time. There is no indication of this previously. Perhaps it was the accessibility to the Life Tree that would maintain mankind, and they would be stuck in some kind of negative consequence.

And this might actually be the death Yahweh is speaking about.

Is there simply a regenerative or restorative context to the Life Tree? Was eating Life fruit it a regular event, or a periodic event in response to specific actions?

If there is a regenerative process of the Life Tree it would totally make sense that death itself would result from not having access to the Life Tree. If mankind was allowed to eat from the Life Tree, was it the Life Tree that was keeping mankind alive forever?

  • If the context for eating Life Fruit was daily, then this lends itself to the idea of “Daily Bread”, Manna, and other concepts later developed within scripture as a Wheel within a Wheel.
  • If the context is Yah leading Adam (all mankind here) to the Tree of Life when they have “missed the mark”, it sets the stage for the idea of repentance.

If the neshamah and the Life Tree are connected, then another idea could be that progressively the living part of mankind is eroding. The ability to be regenerated is removed, and entropy increases. Disorder increases. Sin increases. The consequences of sin increase. Mankind stops being a living soul, and reverts back to simply existing, driven by instinct and desire, and unaware of the transcendent God relationship.

We do see this as the story unfolds. All the way to the account of Noah, mankind progressively lives shorter and shorter, and awful things become the norm. Yah states that it is no longer going to work, and mankind (and all living land animals and birds) will be wiped out.


Access Restored

Later in the prophecies we see that the leaves of the Life Tree provide healing for the Nations… the peoples, MANKIND. Access to the Life Tree is conditional to being allowed access into the restored reality spoken about in the Prophets. In the Apostolic writings we see the Life Tree in the middle of the “New Jerusalem”, and access is via 1 of 12 gates around the city.

Is it possible that the guardians of the gates are removed, and the access to the Life Tree is once again the sustaining force, even for the resurrected bodies talked about in the Prophets?


Tree of Life in Messiah

Messiah Yeshua talks about eating “from” or “of” Him. It is a symbol, but in context, the Tree of Life becomes many different expressions and symbols all resolving into Yah’s provision for healing, salvation from death, and restoration to YHVH.

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What is a week?

Im totally studying something else, and like almost anything else Ive started to research, 3 steps in and Im in the fractal reality. Wheels within wheels. Layers upon layers.

Ill have to go back and research this more, but just take a look at the word “week”, specifically from Gen 29:

[Gen 29:27-28 NASB] 27 “Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.

Then look at the root word, and find all the other places it is used. Look at the patterns, the context. I dont know where this is going, but it might be just like everything else. How far does this rabbit hole go?


[Gen 29:27-28 NASB] 27 “Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also for the service which you shall serve with me for another seven years.” 28 Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.
[Exo 34:22 NASB] 22 “You shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year.
[Lev 12:5 NASB] 5 ‘But if she bears a female child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, as in her menstruation; and she shall remain in the blood of her purification for sixty-six days.
[Num 28:26 NASB] 26 ‘Also on the day of the first fruits, when you present a new grain offering to the LORD in your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work.
[Deu 16:9-10, 16 NASB] 9 “You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 “Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the LORD your God blesses you; … 16 “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.
[2Ch 8:13 NASB] 13 and did so according to the daily rule, offering them up according to the commandment of Moses, for the sabbaths, the new moons and the three annual feasts–the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Booths.
[Jer 5:24 NASB] 24 ‘They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest.”
[Eze 45:21 NASB] 21 “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.
[Dan 9:24-27 NASB] 24 “Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place. 25 “So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; it will be built again, with plaza and moat, even in times of distress. 26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined. 27 “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”
[Dan 10:2-3 NASB] 2 In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. 3 I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed.

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Gen 2:10-14

Gen 2:10 NKJV – Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads.
Gen 2:11 NKJV – The name of the first [is] Pishon; it [is] the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where [there is] gold.
Gen 2:12 NKJV – And the gold of that land [is] good. Bdellium and the onyx stone [are] there.
Gen 2:13 NKJV – The name of the second river [is] Gihon; it [is] the one which goes around the whole land of Cush.
Gen 2:14 NKJV – The name of the third river [is] Hiddekel; it [is] the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river [is] the Euphrates.

So this description essentially explains that from this area (again, Eden isn’t the garden, the garden is IN Eden, but Eden would therefore be bigger) water comes to the garden, and in the garden it divides up into 4 different sources of water.

I would imagine that there is something more to this. In context I don’t understand why it is mentioned. Why is this important? Is it to show where Eden was? What does it matter about the river?

Perhaps there is something to this that isn’t as important literally as it is figuratively, or metaphorically.

There was a source of water, which in the region of the bible specifically was simply life itself. There is no life where there is no water. In the area of Israel, and the Ancient Near East (ANE), having a lot of water would be significant. Being a SOURCE of water would be even more so.

There are theories that the Garden itself is at or near Jerusalem, and some would go further and say the Temple Mount. If you also think that the Earth itself had one singular land mass (Pangea), then it gets even more focused on the land of Israel being the center, and Jerusalem being the center of it all. Surely, proponents of a Pangea would most commonly ascribe to a very long process of breaking up of the supercontinent etc… so they wouldn’t see this as viable if Biblical records were taken seriously. But the Bible itself is a book clearly written by Israel, for Israel, with the focus on Israel. Things are relative to Israel, even before the land itself is established. But we get ahead of ourselves again!

However, with these concepts as possibilities, and we only know what the Bible tells us so far, a source of water, which might have very well been in the center of the world itself, and breaks up into 4 main rivers is very intriguing.

To go further, the areas where these waters seem to go is very far.  And it would seem, at least by the biblical account, that this was a main source of hydration because God had not caused it to rain yet. It says a mist went up from the ground.

Was this mist coming from water under the ground? Was it some kind of gentle mist, or was it possibly geyser like? As Yah had separated the waters above from the water below, and then made land appear, was this streams of water under the land, and it would come out of the landscape as a mist?

Here is an interesting take, including the idea of Genesis itself being a library of sorts, like a diary.

http://www.setterfield.org/Havilah.html

This seems to pint at what im getting to above. The author describes a massive geyser like region that separates into 4 different runoff directions, and it goes along to the places identified.

There is so much that could be discussed, but most of it simply isn’t directly clear in this passage. Its safe to say, based on what we know (meaning this far into Torah) that there was a source of water, and it started in this very same place that has been the focus of the story so far.

And the water itself splits into 4 portions and goes OUT from there . We also know that it went place both the author, and by supposition, the listener would have known. And we know that water came up from the earth, not as rain from the sky itself. IT was a mist from the ground.

These regions talked about also suppose something else. It was written after the fact. This is describing something to other people, for other peoples benefit. By pointing out specific lands, it implies (to me at least) that this description is for other people, who didn’t see this, or didn’t experience it, to know something. This is essentially historical. We don’t know WHO wrote this, but they would have to be either eye witnesses (as in the above link idea of 10 tables with 10 authors describing their portions of their history) or by revelation from Yah as to what happened.

It then seems to me interesting that the regions described would have been known by the audience, or at least the author assumes the intended audience would know them. However the names and places could easily be not only different than present, but the translations could be influenced by a modern take, as we don’t know what the audience knew at the time.

This is a common problem with reading scripture without an ear for context. The context, the setting, the audience etc… all play a part, and as moderns we have to work hard to get our heads out ofwhat we think we know, and try to understand what the author meant. Many people draw conclusions from their own study, and it is important not to go beyond what is clearly in the Scriptures (if you believe they are the words of the Creator). However, reading peoples take will hopefully create a sense of awe and reverence into the incredible possibilities of what the Creator has done.

For really in depth descriptions and ideas look into http://www.messengers-of-messiah.org. Their publication “The Rod of an Almond Tree in God’s Master Plan takes all these elements and goes very deep into their interpretation, which helps my imagination soar!

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Gen 2:8-9

Gen 2:8 NKJV – The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
Gen 2:9 NKJV – And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life [was] also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

An interesting piece to not throughout these passages is the change to the use of the term “LORD God”

LORD: Lots of stuff in this word. This is a VERY loaded word to use, and there have been books and whole lives spent wrestling with this. Since verse 4, this is the reference term for the creator. Until this point, only the term God had been used.

LORD

This word can appear in scripture many ways, with subtle difference, and yet those subtle things make ALL the difference. Literally right here, whole religions differ about this, primarily Jews and Christians. They may both use the term in their bibles, however they will not say the actual word.

In case anyone is reading this, and they are coming from the traditional, rabbinic  Jewish practice, this might be VERY offensive/shocking

יְהֹוָה

 

This simple string of 4 Hebrew letters has been the cause of turmoil, reverence, and death for people over close to 2200 years. Why?

This is a NAME (in Hebrew “shem”), not a title. This is the NAME of the Creator. Later in Torah/Tanakh we will read that the creator reveals this to someone, and it is very profound.

In rabbinic practice, the word Adonai, or Hashem is substituted for this word. They simply WONT say this name out loud, and when they write it, if they ever do, it is done in such a way (in their opinion) as to keep from making it common or profane in any way.

At this point in my studies, I can only encourage you to stop and pray and seek about this very issue. There are things to be learned and to be experienced that come simply from this one word, this name of the creator. Here are some basic things:

  1. Pronunciation: The best approximates are Yehovah (Yah-Ho-Vah) or Yahweh (Yah-Way/Yah-Vey). The knowledge of how to say this name has been lost since 200-300 BCE. The term Yah is a poetic reference to the name Yehovah, kind of like a special way to say it.
  2. Name vs Title: God is a title, Yehovah is a name. Its one thing to worship “a god” or someTHING and it’s a whole other thing to worship someONE. Names meant something in Hebrew culture, they still do. The whole idea of using your name, or giving your name, carries with it the idea of YOU.
  3. Meaning:  There are lots oe people debating this still. I think the best summation is the term “I Am”. To go slightly deeper, with the interpretation of the verbs etc… it could be “I was, I am, I will be what I Am”. This is a profound, multi-layered context for the Creator.

***In my limited experience, the best resource you can get is to watch and read work done by Nehemia Gordon, as well as Keith Johnson about this topic. There is a mix of resources, but as you learn (prayerfully!)  I hope you will have the same profound experience as I have had the last few years.

How does the person telling the creation account know this name?  Why the change? We don’t know (at this point). It implies that this is retrospective. As well, the tone is different. The narrator changes from just the title, to the name once the story talks about making humanity.

Garden: This has an interesting element of being enclosed, a wall around it. As well, it can be used as a term (figuratively) of a bride, or a virgin/chaste woman. This is a place of purity, holiness, and life.

Eastward: Keep this direction in mind as we progress through scripture. The East is a significant direction in regards to several things coming.

Eden:  This means pleasure and something special

Man was NOT created IN the garden, but in Eden, an area. Mankind was created outside it, then placed inside it after mankind was formed. This garden  that was in Eden was a place to live, grow, develop, but wasn’t the “womb” itself, or the place where mankind was literally formed. Mankind was formed from/in the earth, the “dust”, and then placed in a luxurious sounding lace.

From this ground, meaning the garden, God caused every pleasing tree to spring up. These things are characterized as being pleasant to the eye, and good for food. Interestingly, Yah cause this to spring up from the “ground”, the adamah, same word and substance of mankind itself. I believe this can easily point to a metaphorical connection. Yah intended to do with mankind what had been done in Eden. A pleasing delightful creation. To go even further, is there a connection to mankind (metaphorically) being a source of food/nourishment in some way?

There are 2 specific trees mentioned here

Tree of Life: The words are literal and direct. Life, living, expressive etc…

Tree of knowledge of Good and Evil: Knowledge here is literal understanding, perception, awareness.  Good is the same as good a few words earlier. Pleasing, Agreeable, Glad, Agreeable… truly an overall picture of good things. Evil is literal, bad, displeasing, disagreeable, no value etc…

The key here is the KNOWLEDGE of it. The awareness of it.  Apparently until someone eats these thing, what they describe isn’t a component of humanity.

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Genesis 2:7

Gen 2:7 NKJV – And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

 

Yah formed man, and formed man from the dust (more on this later), and once Yah “breathed” into man, man became a living being.

 

Formed: Interesting that the form of the verb used here points to the start of something, not just the act of something. It is used when referring to man or God, and it also implies a plan, or to pre-ordain. Its more than just making an object, it is creating (not modifying) an object, and putting a plan together about it.

Dust: The dust here is literally the debris of the ground. It can also mean mortar or even ore.

Breathe: This is the blowing OUT. Small detail but clearly Yah doesn’t breathe. This was an action FROM Yah TO the man, carrying LIFE to it. Similar to the idea of light in previous verses. When Yah supervised the creation of light, there was no source (i.e. stars etc…) for a time. The light was coming FROM Yah TO the created thing until other light sources were generated.

The Breath of Life: Breath here is used 24 times in Hebrew, it isn’t a common term. It points to not just the air going in and out, but implies life, and spirit of man. Life, as an adjective is green, flowing, active, reviving. It isn’t Life in general, or some kind of idea, it is the aliveness of a thing.

Soul/Being:  I think there is far more to this than is easily understood, but important parts to put in context are this is describing more than just a being, this idea of living soul is something operating in life. Appetites, emotions, passions, activity, desire, passion. This didn’t exist until the breath of Yah came FROM Yah, and INTO mankind. Once there, it was seated in mankind.

We don’t see Yah breathing into animals. Perhaps Yah did, but it isn’t stated. Yet in reference later everything with the “breath of life” in it meant more than mankind. However we don’t see scripture explaining other parts of creation like this where God directly breathed into them

Remember Man here isn’t a MALE. It is Mankind. All of humanity. Without the breath of Yah, we aren’t a living Soul. Our ability to have emotion and desire and passion COMES from the breath of Yah. How we direct it, what we do with it etc… is our stewardship.

So therefore we realize Yah has desires, emotions, intention etc…  while it seems obvious, think about the implications. God has a motive, a desire, an “internal” feeling about what God does. That part of Yah was given to us, and animated us. It isn’t the desires themselves, but the ability to desire. It’s the framework of desire and passion and emotion. To disregard this, objectify it, or attempt to remove it (i.e. pursuing  something like Zen, or disconnecting) is actually anti-God. Its as dangerous and wrong to try and reject these things as it is to use them in a wrong context.

One of my favorite examples of this is people who come out of an addiction. Sexual addiction or disordered sexual behavior is very overwhelming. The desire is to simply have it removed, because trying to organize or direct something that is so powerful, yet shattered or twisted, can feel like way too much. However the real intent of Yah isnt to have no sexual desire or intention. It is to HAVE it, and for it to be experienced in a healthy context.

Leanne Payne details this in one of her books. Praying for someone coming out of unwanted same sex attraction, the temptation of the individual is to simply not deal with sexual desire at all. But the real preayer is for it to be bounded and directed into appropriate things until it can have its full, real, authentic expression. Thsi requires far more, yet is more consistent with what Yah did when Yah breathed into mankind and gave them life.

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Gen 2:4-6

Gen 2:4-6 NKJV – This [is] the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown.

For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and [there was] no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.

The chapter from this point to verse 15 is like a retelling with more details in some cases, and less in others. Simply at face value this is describing a state of existence of the creation with some interesting points that might bring clarity to the previous chapter.

The main description here is that the waters on the earth did not come from precipitation. Water came from under the earth, connecting back to the idea of the separation of the waters, above and below. Water was under the surface of the earth, and came up from under. Rain is something God would cause, not incidental. This is the initial method of hydration of the earth, as well as how things grow.

There is an implication here of the role of man. Mankind was the key part of the creation that coordinates plants, herbs growing things etc…

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Gen 2:1-3

Gen 2:1 NKJV – Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
Gen 2:2 NKJV – And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
Gen 2:3 NKJV – Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

These statements connect the previous verses and complete them. It’s important for us to remember verses and chapters don’t exist in the original manuscripts. It’s a simple reference technique, and makes it convenient for us.

This is defining the reality that the work of creation itself, is done. In one real sense, this could very directly mean that EVERYTHING is done. It is just now working itself out. We are experiencing what was created, and Yahoveh is arranging the things created to fulfill God’s own person. Nothing is going to be created from this point forward, we are working within the context of all that is.

Another piece of this important for us to remember is at the very least Yahweh, as well as any other beings previously existent, are OUTSIDE of creation in a very real sense. Where, how, when etc… aren’t clear, but at the very least God is separate from this creation, made it all, and finished it.

Ive talked in other posts about the seventh day, and there is a LOT to say about this. However in this study Im trying to come to understanding as we go, trying to image what is happening WITHOUT other knowledge or things to come later. SO lets take this element in chronological revealing

This 7th cycleof a “day”, the work is ended. It would be ended therefor by the end of the light on day 6, as this starts the next day. And God ended Gods work on this day, and rested. To rest in this case is the word shavath, meaning rest but not like a nap. Cease, Rest, Sit or Sit Still.

And this day is special to God as God literally blesses this day and sets it apart from the others. We don’t know HOW God did this, perhaps it is inherently blessed by doing something different, but clearly it is God who is initiating the blessing and the setting apart of it.

So not only is the work done, it ceases on Gods end. And that makes this something set apart, holy. It is a blessed day in history, and it relates to the “action” or ceasing or resting from the work of making creation.