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Friday, May 8 2015
Proverbs 11: Will You Return To The Tree Of Life?
"Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life"
A "tree of life" has been known to many nations and religions from the most ancient times. While being depicted in many made-mythical ways (the illustration shows a Norse rendering), most have a very similar meaning. The obvious reason for the resemblance in principle is that there really was a "tree of life" when humanity first began - it's a genuine part of the history of everyone.
The actual tree of life is recorded in Genesis from when "out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil" (see The Identity Of The LORD God; also The Thinker From The Soil).
"2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
Note carefully from the verses above that there was "the tree of life" and "the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Further, it was "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" that was not to be touched.
"2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:15-27 KJV)
When the humans chose to become rebels, they were put out of the Garden in Eden (see The Garden In Eden) to prevent them from also invading "the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever."
"3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
From that time of man's rebellion, a reconciliation to the LORD has been in progress (see The LORD God Our Saviour). The Messiah paid the death penalty for rebellious humanity, but like any pardon, it is not valid for those who refuse to stop being rebel criminals - that is what repentance is for (see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
Salvation is for the truly repentant (see Who Can Be Saved?). They will inhabit the Earth that will then be Paradise everywhere. But notice also that the "tree of life" will also be restored to Paradise.
"2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." (Revelation 2:7 KJV)
The Proverbs are about living a life of wisdom - not merely to be a "success" in the carnal world, but to live a physical life that will end with eternal life. It's the reason that the "tree of life" is mentioned prominently in the Proverbs (see Proverbs 1: Words To Get Ahead). Example:
"3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee ... 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her." (Proverbs 3:1-2,18 KJV)
So too here in Proverbs 11: "11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." (Proverbs 11:30 KJV)
"11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.
This Day In History
This Day In History, May 8
413: Amidst the political and military crumbling of the Roman Empire, Emperor Honorius signed an edict for tax relief for the Italian provinces of Tuscia, Campania, Picenum, Samnium, Apulia, Lucania and Calabria, who were then being plundered by the Visigoths because Rome could no longer defend its own internal borders (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea and Israel In History and Prophecy: Aelia Capitolina). The original Roman Empire was superseded by Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
589: Reccared I, the Visigothic King of Hispania (the ancient Roman name for Spain), Septimania (an area that is today part of southern France) and Galicia (an area that is today a part of northern Portugal and Spain), summoned the Third Council of Toledo.
1429: The siege of Orleans ended when French troops stormed the English forts in the Hundred Years War.
1541: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered (it wasn't a discovery for the tribes of native people who lived there) the Mississippi River. He called it Rio de Espiritu Santo ("the Holy Spirit River").
1559: The Act of Supremacy was passed by which the new Queen Elizabeth I became "Supreme Governor" of the Church of England; the Act of Uniformity was passed and a Common Prayer book was introduced.
1792: British captain George Vancouver sighted and named Mount Rainier on the west coast of the continent of North America.
1794: Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, "the father of modern chemistry" (he identified the element oxygen) was guillotined in Paris by the Revolutionary Convention.
1811: The British under the Duke of Wellington defeated the French in Portugal.
1821: During the Greek War of Independence, the Greeks defeated the Turks at the Battle of Gravia Inn.
1852: The Treaty of London was signed by Britain, France, Russia, Prussia, Austria and Sweden, guaranteeing the integrity of Denmark.
1882: The vast Northwest Territories of Canada were divided into 4 districts: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Assiniboia and Athabaska.
1886: Atlanta pharmacist John Styth Pemberton invented Coca Cola as a pain killer and stimulant patent medicine. As its name indicates, the original formula for "coke" contained coca, from which cocaine is produced. The present-day version replaced coca with high amounts of caffeine and sugar.
1895: China ceded Taiwan to Japan under the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
1902: The eruption of Mt. Pelee, near St. Pierre, Martinique, destroyed the town within minutes, killing all but 2 of the town's 30,000 inhabitants.
1921: Capital punishment was abolished in Sweden.
1943: Mordecai Anielewicz, 24, the leader of the Jewish "Warsaw Uprising" against the Nazi Waffen-SS, was killed in battle.
1945: Near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945), "V-E Day" (Victory in Europe Day). Nazi German military forces agreed to an unconditional surrender.
1949: The Basic Law, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany), was adopted by the Parliamentary Council at Bonn.
1972: Four "Black September" terrorists hijacked Sabena (the Belgian national airline) Flight 571. Israeli special forces freed the airliner the following day.
1973: A 71-day standoff between the U.S. Government and the "American Indian Movement" members who were occupying the Pine Ridge Reservation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota ended with the surrender of the militants.
1977: David Berkowitz pleaded guilty to the "Son of Sam" (also known as the "44 Caliber Killer") shootings that terrorized New York City. He was sentenced to 365 years in prison.
1980: The eradication of smallpox was proclaimed by the World Health Organization.
1987: Canada officially minted the first $1.00 coins. Made of a nickel with a gold-colored aureate coating, the "loonie" (a nickname from the picture of the aquatic bird, known in North America as the loon, on one side of the coin) is estimated to have a lifespan of 20 years, as compared to 9 months for the traditional $1.00 bill that it replaced.