The Tree of Life
Dr. Tony Chute, Lead Pastor
Overview: The creation account moves from a general overview of the heavens and the earth to focus on Adam and his place in the world. He is made from the dust of the ground and becomes a living creature by the very breath of God. He is placed in a productive environment, surrounded by beauty, and given the task of cultivating the ground and caring for the garden. He is given the freedom to eat from every tree of the garden but commanded not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The events that follow give an ominous tone to the text, reminding us that this world has not always been so broken. The original audience was thus informed that they too owed their lives to God and that their enjoyment of the Promised Land was to be governed by God’s commandments, bringing life to all who recognized their place before the Lord and bringing death to all who placed themselves above the Lord.