East of Eden by: John Steinbeck. Themes Motifs Symbols Key Facts. Important Quotations Explained. Characters Cathy Ames. Aaron was told to put an omer of manna in a golden pot and to put it inside the Ark. He put it in the Ark and it never stank once for a thousand years.
Was somebody watching over that? You had better believe somebody was watching over it that it did not turn into worms, because it represented Jesus and the life He could give to us. He never wears out. He never de-energizes. He is the bread we are to eat. Manna strengthened the Israelites so that they could do things in God's behalf and get into the Promised Land.
He requires that. He said, "You have to eat of Me. The Bible is the living Word of God in writing, and we are sustained spiritually by the spiritual food that is taken into us day by day, giving us spiritual strength. The fact that the golden pot of this miraculous food was set aside and placed within the Holy of Holies, signifies that Jesus Himself occupies a rightful position in the great throne room of God Almighty. That makes three items in the Holy of Holies: the Ark of the Covenant with its Mercy Seat, signifying the throne of God, thus His presence; the golden pot of manna, signifying Jesus Christ, our Savior and our High Priest, at His right hand; and then there is Aaron's almond rod that miraculously budded, signifying the Tree of Life, God's power and authority.
Deuteronomy And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in my hand.
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And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the L ORD spoke unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the L ORD gave them unto me. And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the L ORD commanded me.
You might notice that the tables of stone were placed inside the Ark, showing that God judges. Remember that the Ark contains the Mercy Seat, and that is from there where God judges. His law then is directly represented as there, near to Him. You might say He is sitting on it. You cannot get much closer than that, symbolically. In fact, because it is directly under Him, it is ready and waiting there for Him to judge at all times. However, it is important that you, at this moment, might be surprised at what these stone tables also signify. What object in the midst of the Garden have we not yet mentioned?
It is the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Remember that Genesis and Genesis clearly show that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was in the midst of the Garden, and I speculated that perhaps it was side by side with the Tree of Life, so that God presented them with a very clear choice to make. Since God symbolically sits on His law judging, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil figures significantly in our judgment. Now does the fact that the tablets of stone—the law—represent the forbidden tree somehow convey to you the concept that the law is somehow bad since the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil appears to have been bad?
Does that mean that God's law was bad or evil? I think the way the world's theology goes is that a person would be inclined to think that way. They tell you that you do not have to keep the law, that it is like something that is abhorrent to us. I want you to think back on Genesis It said that everything God had made was very good, and that included the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
We can transfer that right to the law.
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Is the law evil? It is very good, even as the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was very good. What was forbidden by God was that they not eat of it. The tree itself was inherently good, but to eat of its fruit would kill them. In fact, Eve added that they were not even supposed to touch it, to get near enough to touch it. That was like playing with fire.
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She added that, which shows she understood the implications of the danger of the fruit of that tree. Now, was it really the fruit of the tree that was bad? No, not at all. That fruit was okay. Did not Eve say that she looked at the tree, and she saw that the fruit was good?
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It was the fact that they disobeyed that was bad. There was nothing really inherently bad about the fruit or the tree. Genesis Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. So Abraham, the father of the faithful, who is the pattern for all of his spiritual children, obeyed God's command, and he is complimented for doing that. Let us go back to the book of Romans.
We are going to be bouncing about in the book of Romans for awhile. Romans Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Paul affirms that there is nothing wrong with God's law. However, as a contrast, II Thessalonians reports there that the anti-Christ—Christ's great foe at the time of the end—will bring lawlessness to its greatest depths just preceding Christ's return.
If the law is to be viewed as symbolized by the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Bible clearly states that both the law and the tree were good; indeed very good.
Now despite the tree being very good, both the Serpent and Adam and Eve were in agreement that God said they were forbidden to eat of it. So this establishes that the spiritual fruit of eating of the tree was inherently poisonous or evil. The fruit itself was okay physically, but it was the spiritual sin of breaking God's command that killed them. Genesis And the L ORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:. I just want to report this to you that Satan's story—his sales tactic in getting them to sin—just skimmed along the edge of truth and lie, because indeed God agrees that what Satan told them came to pass.
It would make them like God, just in a peculiar, bad way really, in this sense, because they did not have the wherewithal to control it. Because of what Adam and Eve did, they had come to know good and evil in a way that they never before had. Let us think about the name of that tree—the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil—and go back again to the book of Romans.
Romans But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
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What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, You shall not covet. So here is Paul's testimony regarding the law, put into one phrase: "By the law is the knowledge of sin.