Secrets Hidden In Parable
Passover The Tree Of Life–The Book of Genesis contains many secrets and mysteries in it. People who do not know how to read the bible try to understand and interpret Genesis literally. And in the end they come to distort the words of God. Then how should we understand and interpret the Book of Genesis? The bible gives enough information for us to know the meaning of all the parables in the bible.
2000 years ago, Jesus came down to us and taught how to understand the Book of Genesis. Therefore, to understand the book first we have look at the words of God in the bible.
Jesus’ Teachings: The Key To Understand The Parable
Matthew 13:34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
Passover The Tree Of Life–The bible says that all the words of God in the bible are composed of many parables. In this sense, the bible itself is a huge construction of figurative language. The problem of the figurative language is, however, that sometimes it can cause misunderstandings since it can be interpreted in many different ways. Therefore, to know the intended meaning of the parable, we must have knowledge about the intention of the maker of the parable. In the case of the bible we have to know the intention of God in the parable since God gave us the book. (Isaiah 34:16)
Since it is impossible to know the thoughts of God with our human understanding (Isaiah 55:8), Jesus, who is God himself, came down to us. And He gave us the teachings of God directly that we may understand the meanings of the parable. And we can interpret the bible correctly.
The Tree Of Life In Genesis
The First Sin And the Death Through Sin
Passover The Tree Of Life–Jesus taught us many things about the hidden secrets and mysteries of the bible. However, today let us study one teaching of Jesus, the tree of life. What is the tree of life? What is the hidden secret behind this parable?
Let us first look at the parable of the tree of life in the Book of Genesis. In the Book of Romans, Paul says that sin entered the world through Adam and the death through sin. (Romans 5:12) Adam did not obey the words of God. He committed sin by practicing the lawlessness. (1John 3:4) God commanded him not to eat from “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. However, Adam and Eve practiced the lawlessness and ate from the tree.
Because of this disobedience or sin, the death came to them. And they were destined to die. However, if we read the Book of Genesis, there was a way for them to have eternal life despite their sin and the death sentence in the wake.
Eternal Life For The Sinners
Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
Passover The Tree Of Life–Even though they were destined to die because of their sin, there was a way for the sinners to live forever. If only they could eat from the tree of life, they could have eternal life. However, God did not allow them to eat from the tree of life.
Genesis 3:23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
God set a flaming sword and cherubim on guard to keep the sinners from eating the tree of life. Since they could not eat from the tree of life, the eternal life was taken away from them. And they lamented as Paul said, “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24)
This story of sin and death is not just a story of Adam and Eve. Actually, this is the story of all the human beings on this earth who is living as slaves of sin and death. (Romans 5:12)
The Interpretation On The Parable Of Tree Of Life
The Figurative Language That Contains Secrets
Passover The Tree Of Life–This is the story of the tree of life in the Book of Genesis. We cannot interpret the story literally. Can we pinpoint the physical location of the Garden of Eden somewhere on this earth? And is there the entrance of the garden guarded by a flaming sword and cherubim? And in the middle of the garden do you think we can see the tree of life that we may eat and live forever? Definitely not.
The bible says there are “things hidden” or secrets in this story of the tree of life in the Book of Genesis. It means we cannot interpret Genesis in the literal sense. Rather, we have to know the hidden meaning behind this story. Then what is the tree of life? How can we eat it and live forever? To find the answer for these questions we should look at the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Tree Of Life In The Teachings Of Jesus
Passover The Tree Of Life–2000 years ago, God himself came down to this earth in the name of Jesus. He wanted to reveal “things hidden since the creation of the world.” The very first thing he revealed through his teaching was the parable of the tree of life. He wanted to let us know the reality of the tree of life for our salvation of eternal life. Then what is the true tree of life we should eat to live forever?
John 6:53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
What should a sinner eat to live forever in the Garden of Eden? The tree of life. In this teaching of Jesus what should a sinner eat to live forever? Jesus’ flesh and blood. Then what is the reality of the tree of life? It is none other than the flesh and blood of Jesus. What God wanted to teach us through the parable of the tree of life in Genesis was that a sinner living on this earth must eat Jesus’ flesh and blood to live forever or to have eternal life.
The Way To Eat Christ’s Flesh And Blood
Passover The Tree Of Life–We come to know the reality of the tree of life, Christ’s flesh and blood. Then the next question is how to eat Christ’s flesh and blood. As I told you, we should not interpret the bible literally. Jesus’ flesh and blood must be a parable too.
When he gave this teaching, those who understood his teaching literally rejected him and turned away from him. They could not receive the salvation through the tree of life.
John 6:60-66 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”…..66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
However, Jesus’ disciples patiently waited for Jesus to teach them how to eat his flesh and blood. And they could eat the tree of life and live forever. Therefore, we should also open our spiritual eyes. Or we may make the same mistakes as Jews and lose our share of the tree of life. Then how can we eat the tree of life to live forever.
Passover the Reality of the Tree Of Life
Passover The Tree Of Life–Then what is the way we can eat Jesus’ flesh and blood?
Matthew 26:17 On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 18 He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” 19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.
On the night of the Passover, he gave his disciples a precious teaching. He taught them how to eat from the tree of life. Also he taught them what the way is they could eat his flesh and blood.
Matthew 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup (wine), and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
On the night of the Passover, Jesus taught his disciples of the way to eat his flesh and blood. He took the Passover bread and sealed it as his flesh with his own promise. In the same way, he sealed the Passover wine as his blood. Therefore, by keeping the Passover, we can eat his flesh and drink his blood. Consequently, through the Passover, we can eat the tree of life to live forever.
Abolishment and Restoration Of The Passover
Passover The Tree Of Life–The saints of the early church kept the Passover of the new covenant according to the teachings of Christ. (1Corinthians 5:7) However, Satan worked against the Passover and abolished it. It attempted to abolish the Passover many times in the history of Christianity, first in A.D. 155 and 197. Finally, in the Council of Nicaea in 325, the Passover was completely abolished and disappeared from the world.
For this reason, the bible says that the Christ would come for the second time to give us salvation.
Hebrews 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
To fulfill this prophecy, Christ appeared to us for the second time in the name of Christ Ahnsahnghong. He restored the Passover of the new covenant for our salvation. Once the way to the tree of life was hidden, but now it is open to us again. Now let us keep the Passover of the new covenant with a joyful and thankful mind for the salvation Christ gave us for the second time.