The tree of life

40 blogs of Lent – Day 7

The tree of life

A train of thought experiment in free verse

Messages to the churches – Day 5

Ephesus – Day 4

To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’

The tree of life

God planted two special trees in a garden,
God planted the tree of life in a garden,
God never said, ‘Do not eat the fruit of the tree of life,’
God said, ‘Do not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge,
‘or you will die’

But the man
And the woman
Did not eat the fruit of the tree of life.
But the man
And the woman
Ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge.
And they did not die.

Then the man said, ‘The woman made me do it, it’s not my fault.’
Then the woman said, ‘The snake made me do it, it’s not my fault,’
The snake was silent.
So God said, ‘I will take the blame.’
So God took the blame
and God died.

and God became alive

Because God took the blame and died
The tree of life has been transplanted
Into God’s Garden
It is there, available,
If we will only thank God
For taking our blame
And dying.

and we become alive

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
Revelation 2:1-7


The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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