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22 July 2012

Sermon: Trinity 7 (OT)

22 July AD 2012

Theme: Two Trees ... No ... Three

Eternal Undeath
Summary: Eternal life as God’s gift to His saints for the sake of Jesus is different from the unending life we would endure if we were allowed to eat of the Tree of Life after Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Dead, we would never die, but would suffer eternally the ravages of disease, accident, and violent assault, growing ever more crippled without ever being able to leave our suffering bodies and failing minds.

Yet in the Tree of the Cross, Christ overcame the poisoned fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and gives to His Church the healing fruit of the Tree of Life. Indeed, the Tree of the Cross incorporates both of the trees of Genesis 2, granting knowledge of what sinners deserve and what Jesus instead received while also bringing forgiveness and new life to all who believe in Him.

Text: Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Tree of the Cross
A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:7-17

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Two Trees ... No ... Three, preached to the saints of God at Trinity Lutheran Church, Norborne, Missouri.

Other Readings: Psalm 33; Romans 6:19-23; Mark 8:1-9

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