A Depiction of the Tree of Knowledge of Good
and Evil and its Lies
Even Though illustrates the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and its false belief system that is against God and the patterns of Life He created.
The Tree attempts to stay hidden, seductively luring humanity into its powers and shallow beauty until the heart is captured and imprisoned by the Tree’s lies. This power is never satisfied with one captured heart; it wants every heart and every part of every heart it has captured.
The branches reach out to draw us in. The leaves on the tree’s outer perimeters suggest an illusion of fruitfulness, but this Tree’s fruit is disease, mental strongholds and spiritual death.
The gray cloud enveloping the Tree is the haze of confusion that this power creates. It is part of the veil of deception that causes our values to be in opposition to God’s. For example, 1 Samuel 16:9 “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” The lies, from this Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, cause our quest for knowledge to be more valued than God’s Word and His Presence in our lives. Indeed, even the thirst of the human heart is over-shadowed by the desire to be “in the know.”
The missing frontal lobe of the brain represents The Tree’s power to slowly but surely eat away at our desire to find God and enter into His unique design and destiny for our lives. This portion of the brain controls memory, judgment, problem solving, and emotional expression that can provide us with a sense of order, structure and control. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil can destroy this ability giving its own destructive logic, reasoning, control and poor judgments thus dictating, through fears and anxiety, the answers to our problems. As a result, divine healing, creativity, and life-giving solutions are over-ruled by destructive, self-protective forces.
In the trunk of the tree, its greatest strength, a crystal ball symbolizes man’s thirst to know the future beyond what God will reveal. It is part of the seductive lure and curiosity stemming from the need and desire to be in control. The spherical shape could also represent the womb by which this Tree perpetuates itself and bears more destructive fruit of its kind. The womb indicates the power of this insidious evil to continue from one generation to the next.
The lodged heart, at the top of the trunk, is so wounded by evil that it has no other option but to fend for itself. It relies on its own understanding and perceptions to determine what is real and is thereby held captive in the middle of this stronghold of spiritual death. In helplessness and hopelessness the heart may sink into resignation or depression and lifelessness. The heart can become so lodged and enslaved by earthly pleasures, comforts and desires, it cannot see the Tree of Life and the CHOICE the Creator has given all of humanity.
Even Though all this seems so powerful, the Glory of God, depicted using yellow and orange hues, sets boundaries on this power as defined by the tree’s edges. It cannot take over the Heavens. It is pressed and rooted into this earthly realm. God is sovereign. In fact, the Glory of God is touching the brain, heart and the roots of humanity in three of the six roots. God’s Glory touches the heart ever so lightly, respecting its tenderness, keeping its given power to choose. God’s Glory descends on the thoughts of man, in the parietal lobe of the brain, calling us to a higher level of discernment, perception, and perspective so we can relate to those around us by giving contextual meaning, purpose and instruction.
Psalm 42:7 “Deep calls to deep.” God calls us to so much more abundant life in Him. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
As we follow God away from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, into the Kingdom of Heaven and the Tree of Life, our heart is set free, and our mind is fully renewed, healed and restored. Through the sufficient sacrifice of Yeshua, Jesus Christ, we learn to live in the Glory of God on earth as it is in Heaven. We learn to live in the Garden of Life with the Tree of Life in the Center as God intended from the beginning, Even Though the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is still calling to us.