The Forbidden Fruit

Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim’s, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. As a young child I always heard about Adam’s apple. But as I grew older I noticed that the fruit was not called that. We even have a part of the throat called the Adam’s apple. But what was that fruit? And the tree of life? What is it? Another tree to which man at this point has no access. The answers to both of these is found in the book of Numbers. First we will find a fruit which is forbidden to be eaten, then a fruit which is guarded by cherubim. In. Numbers chapter 6 there is the requirements for the vow of the Nazarite. He had three requirements: to eat nothing that came from the grape vine, to not put a razor on his head, and allow his hair to grow long, and to touch no dead body. This of course reminds us of the garden. A fruit is forbidden, the sexes are equal (the hair see I Corinthians 11:1-15) and there is no death. While many fleshly meats are forbidden, only one fruit is forbidden, and that by test, the grape. If you want an additional interesting study look at the connection between grapes and blood in the Bible. Dr. Ruckman has a very detailed study on this. Next you will want to read Numbers 17. The children of Israel argue over who has authority and priesthood. Every head of every tribe brings his rod, with Aaron bringing his rod. The next day the rods are looked at and Aaron’s rod has blossoms, buds, and almonds. This staff is put into the ark of the covenant along with the ten commandments and a pot of manna. The mercy seat is on top with what? Two cherubim! There is not much more mention of the almond but it has connections to old age and the swift performance of God’s word. Just a little food for thought to stir up interest in the Word of God.

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