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Why did God place the Tree of Good and Evil in the MIDDLE of the Garden of Eden?

Well, that is a very good question, which frankly has troubled me for a while. Now, the Holy Spirit has led me to the answer which lies within the passage of Genesis itself. Let us dive in this adventure, if you still have questions or a different point of view, feel free to comment.

Genesis 2:9 NIV

The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden was the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Noticed that it was not just one tree in the middle of the Garden. It was both THE TREE OF LIFE & THE THREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL.

now, why is that important?

Glad you asked!

The focus for a second and I pray that the Holy Spirit reveals this mystery to you.

  • The two trees in the MIDDLE of the garden symbolize your FREE WILL. That you were created with the ability to make your own choices, but you knew that already. I KNOW! Just clarifying here!

  • But why was there already good and evil when the earth was just created? Adam and Eve had not yet sinned!

Yes, that’s a better question Kerby ( author) that’s more my speed. ( if you really said that, you’re funny 😂) .

Let me draw your attention to two types of Creations.

creation “ ex nihilo” which means creation out of nothing. This would be the beginning of all things. We find this in John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” the environment in Genesis is not referring to the “ ex nihilo creation” because we already had an earth in a chaotic state.

  • reader: Ohh!! What are you tryna say?

Glad you asked!

  • The second Creation type is “ ex material” which means to create out of something which already existed. That was a mouth full. I. KNOW! Let’s chop it into bite-size pieces.

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Allow me to draw your attention to verse 2. Why was the earth formless and Empty in the beginning?

why a God so Good and wonderful would create something in a chaotic stage with darkness and mud? HE DIDN’T!

This world faced judgment after the Fall of lucifer which destroyed it. Since evil already was on the earth, God was “recreating” the earth from its chaotic stage, but evil already existed from the Fall. This is why we would see the serpent in the Garden a few passages later. With that Being said. Let’s go back to the original question.

WHY WAS THE TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GARDEN??? ( yes, I hear you! Jeez man 😑) here we go!

Because evil already existed, in His Justice, wisdom, and righteousness God would allow us to make our own choices like Lucifer made His. He cast him out not stripping him of all his powers. God never wanted robots, we were all created with the ability to make a choice. Thus, in Eden, God gave us a choice by placing Good and Bad in the middle of the garden to symbolize this is the center of Life. The choices you make will determine where you will end up in Eternity. ( Read that twice)

Now it would make sense why the trees were there. To be fair, God warned them of what would happen if they Ate from the tree “ you will certainly die” Now you realize, the fault is not with God, rather with disobedience. Since God set out to let Evil dwell for a while until He eradicates it for good at the judgment day, in His Righteousness & Wisdom he allows evil to exist. which is why it’s important now to ask you.

Are you choosing The Tree of Life or are you choosing evil?

Don’t worry though because God plans on ridding evil for Good. Check Revelation 20 for more on this and subscribe to an upcoming blog on that subject.

Hopefully, this story has provided you with insights into this troublesome question. please drop your comments and perspectives below.

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Tree of Life vs Tree of Good and Evil

Kerby J.

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