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This is a tale of three trees.
One tree grants the beholder immortality,
While another gives knowledge of morality.
This tale begins in a garden.
At first there is only a human,
But he becomes accompanied by the mother of women.
As the two wander,
They begin to wonder,
And curiosity begets the female traveler.
For of the three trees, only one came with a warning.
The tree of life being one of the many meant for eating.
But the tree of good and evil symbolized mankind’s future erring,
With the underpinnings of sinning.
For the serpent of old has arrived,
Bringing with him his own pride,
That so happens to be why he died.
With the snake slithering past every leaf,
Is the ever encroaching presence of the prince of thieves.
As the cunning snake dangles downward,
The woman ever so slowly goes forward.
As the Devil invites her to taste and see,
She avoids her chance to run and flee.
With the slither of Satan’s lies,
Came Eve’s enraptured eyes.
As she aspires to be wise,
Her desires begin to rise.
The fruit is within Eve’s hand,
As she is one bite away from being damned.
With the very first bite,
Eve realizes that the Devil was right!
For when she ate of the fruit,
Eve soon discovered this strange compute.
From knowing only good,
The woman has only added fire to wood.
As the decay began that day,
Eve no longer had a say.
Her goodness had been tainted by sin,
And too would it be in all humans built-in.
Once sin took its foothold,
Eve did not want to stand alone in the cold.
So she gave to her man,
And suddenly took his unblemished lifespan.
Pretty soon the two were no longer good,
Yet if they could go back they would.
But it is too late now,
For man is now putting his hand to the plow.
For we are dust,
All because of lust.
To dust we shall return,
Before some will forever burn.
Although a few will get to waltz into a glorious new home,
Far more beautiful than the pinnacle of Rome.
This new home is for the Christian,
And with every fleeting moment there is a new addition,
Due to the adherence to the Great Commission.
For Adam gave life to sin in every human,
While Jesus gave His life for sin that we can be born again.
He did this so that we might be grafted into salvation,
In order to bring about the redemption of His Creation.
Since the day we brought forth this ruckus,
The Father has sought to bring about justice.
So the Father sent His Son Jesus,
To save us from the Fall in Genesis.
You see he died on the third tree,
A cross that changed history,
Jesus atoned for all on Calvary.
This all began because of a choice between two trees,
And the choice was left to Eve.
So when the snares of sin come swarming like bees,
Consider the consequences of your actions please.
- The Three Trees (1643) by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn