The everywhere, all-knowing, all-powerful One God wanted creations around Him that had the freedom of choice like He did. God created heavens with a special throne among the stars that He could sit among the assembly of the created eternal angels with His robe flowing downward among them. You could see beautiful clouds high above the mount reflecting the shinning glory of God. Above God’s throne He created seraphim type of angels flying with six wings, two of their wings covered their faces with great respect to God, two other wings covered their feet in their humbleness to God, and the last two were used to fly above His throne with freedom like the clouds soaring in the beauty they were created. As they were flying deep from within them came forth through their voices with a great adoring admiration of God saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty” (Is. 6, 14). What a beautiful place for our mind to imagine.
God had created all kinds of different eternal angels in all of His heavenly kingdom. One angel had the seal of perfection upon him, full of wisdom, and perfect beauty from God. He had every precious stone all over him with settings and mountings made of gold customized for him. He was the anointed as a guardian cherub ordained to walk with complete access on the holy mount of God among the fiery stones. He was blameless in his ways (Ezk. 28:12-15). What a glorious privilege to be born beautiful, smart, and perfect in every way.
God had filled the heavens with His love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control where no law was needed (Gal. 5:22, 23). This is what God wanted to live, move, and have its being in His presence. The key words is His choice. For God to choose there had to have been the existence of the opposite of what He chose to create – goodness. One of the things that makes God – God is the knowledge of choice. He created all things in His goodness and light. He could have created all things in evil and in darkness, but He split the tree by choice and allowed only goodness to live, move, and have it being. If God is God He can do anything, right? The one thing God loves is the ability to make a choice and for there to be a choice where there is good there is evil and where there is light there is darkness (Is. 45:6, 7). This is what creates a choice having two of the opposite kind.
I see with my limited imagination a heaven full of light and happiness. A place where no one knew hatred, jealousy, selfishness, liars, cruelty, uncaring, and division. Every one’s choice was in one accord for unity of life. On the out skirts of heaven I see darkness God had separated from the creations He loved. It was a darkness that was held in place no freedom to torture, invoke fear, inject disease, impose pain and suffering. It was a place God wanted no one to choose for if they did it would give them everything that is the opposite of Him.
Every angel in heaven flying, not flying, and covered in perfection had the free will of choice. The one and most important thing to God – a choice. God had made His choice of light and goodness. He knew what darkness would do. He kept darkness and evil in a place with no life to it, no ability to move, or a form to have a being of freedom. Only God can handle the knowledge of good and evil and keep control of it. God is our Father that wanted to shield us from the darkness giving us His light.
The one angel that had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom, and perfect beauty upon him of every precious stones with settings and mountings of gold looked over into the darkness forgetting he was known in heaven among the other angels as the morning star and the son of the dawn. Of all the angels the fullness of wisdom should have kept him knowing better. Unfortunately, He started to believed he could be like God and handle the knowledge of good and evil. In his heart he became proud of his beauty and corruption of his thoughts overtook his wisdom because of his own choice (Ez. 28:15-17). He took the forbidden darkness into himself giving it something to live in, move with, and have a being of action under the lie he could overthrow God with its combined power with his. He became a tainted evil creature with the mixture of the knowledge of good and evil in his weak vessel.
He now became a creature from knowing good to knowing evil. His choice made him an angel with the knowledge of good and evil something that could not exist except in and under God’s control. He did not split the tree of choice staying on one side, but was overtaken by the conversion of evil. Darkness and evil had no mobility until this one angel thinking with both the knowledge of good and evil he could overthrow God, but found out that evil would overthrow him – eternally. This angel was blinded by the knowledge of evil with total selfishness saying, “I will” ascend into heaven, “I will” raise my throne, “I will” sit enthroned, “I will” ascend above the clouds, “I will” make myself like God (Is. 14″13, 14). Only God can keep the tree split and in its place of the knowledge of good and evil.
God from the very beginning “Split the Tree by Choice”. instantly separating those who made the choice of taking in themselves the darkness. He cast down all the angels who made the choice of trying to mix goodness with evil inside themselves to the earth into a tree. This tree with the knowledge of good and evil was locked in one place. A tree is not mobile to roam free for where ever it chooses. Evil darkness has something to live in and have its being, but it is not mobile. All of the earth was good, but again God is the God with the freedom of choice. Everything begins with knowledge. God created everything with His knowledge of choice for all to be good if that’s what they want, but that creation would have a freedom to choose as He does.
When God created our heavens and earth He created it with saying, “It is good”. He did not create angels of different kinds this time. He created children after His image and likeness. He visited His first son Adam watching him draw wisdom from God Himself on what to name the creatures of the earth. He walked with His son naming the rivers that flowed into the garden of Eden. God made a choice to create nothing but goodness for Adam and Eve, His precious children.
His walks with them every day was in the hopes that they would keep the split of the tree of knowing good and evil separated from their lives. He wanted them to know life and life more abundantly, but they could not be His children if they did not have the freedom and power of choice. God showed them all the good things of the earth that He gave to them, but He also pointed out the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He explained you can eat all the fruits of all other trees and remain happy and full of life, but this one tree has fruit that will offer only death.
Can you keep the split between all these good trees from this one evil tree? Can you keep them split apart? Is the power of your choice going to be “I want God and all His goodness” or will it be “I want to be God’s equal or greater”?
I see the tree of the knowledge of good and evil being all those angels that were thrown out of heaven reduced to tiny things all jammed and confined into this one tree (Rev. 12:9). No where on the earth was there any other freedom for evil to roam. The one perfect, full of wisdom and beauty anointed cherub guardian angel was reduced to a serpent with no legs to walk upon only a belly to crawl (Ge. 3:14).
When God was not with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day. Eve and Adam were standing from the good side of God looking into the dark side of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were facing a choice. We face a choice everyday just like what was standing before them now. Eve and Adam took in the choice of eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil releasing evil from that one tree into themselves and into all of the world that was given to them from God. They split the tree by their choice of corrupting their once completely goodness into a tainted vessel of darkness and death. Their choice split, separated, and divided them from God’s side of goodness.
The Bible is full of people facing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Their choices dictated the path of what was to come. Cain had a choice to decide upon about his offering to God. Cain’s decision split the tree by his choice of evil from the good path making himself the first murderer in creation. Correcting his mistake was not learning from it or trying something different, but killing the one that got it right. His choice split himself from the side of goodness.
Moses faced the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He decided he wanted the good side of the tree only and not the evil of the world. Jonah made a decision to run from the good side of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This path of choice led him into a belly of a fish in the ocean to die. After three days a second chance inside the fishes’ belly he was facing this tree of the knowledge of good and evil once again for a choice. He chose I want the good side and to split/separate/divide from the evil side. God told Jeremiah He knew Jeremiah before he was born and that He had a calling upon Jeremiah’s life. On the good side of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil God has plans for Jeremiah and all of us, but it is totally up to our choosing what side we want to split ourselves from.
Every person in the Bible, all those we do not know from history, and all of us today are faced with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. All of their choices dictated what that side of the tree would give them in return. Pharaoh continually refused the call of God chose the side of the tree that brings evil. We can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. God is the only one who can keep evil in its place. We cannot control evil inside of us. We are meant to be one of the other and let God keep them apart.
Split the tree is all about choosing one side or the other. We are born knowing good and evil. Our decisions is splitting the tree by choice of the knowledge of good and evil. When I choose to lie I have split myself from the side of God’s goodness and truth. How we live our lives daily are filled with millions of things splitting the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Our actions is the movements we make daily splitting the tree by choice of the knowledge of good and evil. Our very existence is known to others what side of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil we have chosen to separate ourselves bearing the fruit of that choice.
How do you live, move and have your being in God? His mercy waits upon us all like Jonah in the belly of a great fish in the ocean of this life for the choice that splits the tree of good and evil opening the path of our choice. What side of the tree of knowledge of good and evil will your words come out of your mouth? In the day of judgment every word spoken will divided into the good side of being acquitted or the evil side of being condemned (Mtt. 12:36, 37).
I hope you see yourself with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil inside you. I hope you see yourself choosing the way, the truth, and the life side of God splitting, separating, rejecting yourself from end results of the evil side. Before you speak those words see what side you are drawing your answer from. Before you commit yourself to an action see what side you headed towards. I hope you see your fleshly body as your house to your eternal soul with the choice like Joshua saying, “…as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.” Jo. 24:15
Splitting the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is very deep and very much what God wants us to do – make a choice. I will have more insight to come with this message God gave to me. I hope it helps you.