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Good Morning. 


And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:8)


I have always found it interesting that Adam and Eve decided to hide themselves with fig leaves and hide “among the trees of the garden.” In fact, the Hebrew word עץ etz (singular) suggests that they may have hidden in or behind one tree in particular. Some argue it may have been the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Others suggest that it may have been the fig tree from which they gathered the leaves for their coverings. If that is so, it may have bearing on something that happened centuries later as Yeshua  was traveling to Jerusalem.

And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. (Matthew 21:19)

This tree had produced leaves that suggested that it was bearing good fruit only to reveal, upon closer inspection, that it had no fruit at all. That is a problem if its sole purpose for existence is to bear fruit. In other words, if it isn’t doing what it was designed to do, then what good is it? This principle is underscored in the parable of the Barren Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9). There, too, the point is, if the tree isn’t going to do what it is designed to do, remove it. It’s like salt that has lost its savor; it’s good for nothing and gets tossed into the street to be trampled underfoot (Matthew 5:13).

Adam and Eve attempted to hide from God and conceal the “fruit” of their actions. But God was not impressed with their covering; He has a way of inspecting us to see what is really going on inside. Man looks on the outward appearance and is often deceived by what he observes, but God looks upon the heart. So then, let us go beyond presenting a form of Godliness and be those who produce good fruit and a lot of it. In that way, we bring glory unto our Father in Heaven. Amen.

Blessings and Shalom,  








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