Monday, November 1, 2010

two trees

Last night at the end of the teaching on Genesis 3 we talked about how the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was a shadow of the cross. I shared a poem that I had written as I was preparing the study, and I am posting it now for those of you who have asked. People tend to either love poetry or loathe it. If you are the latter, feel free to skip this post!

I love words and seem to have been born with the Dr. Seuss gene (curse?), so when a truth hits me hard it sometimes comes out in verse. It is hard to share poetry - I think it is the most intensely personal form of writing someone can do. It makes me feel about as exposed as Adam and Eve with their flimsy figleaf ensembles. But I have found that sometimes the hardest things to share are the very things we should offer up for consideration, so here we go...

Two Trees

There is a tree set broad and high,
Partake of it, if you would die.
There, on its branches, plain to see
A feast for thee.


“Take and eat”, O hear the Lie
I live still, and yet I die
Good and evil now I see
O cursed me.


But, see –


There is a tree set broad and high,
Partake of it, if you would die.
There, on its branches, plain to see
A feast for thee.


“Take and eat - my flesh I give”
Die I do, and yet, I live
Shattered curse by Thy decree,
O blessed Tree.


j. wilkin 8.18.10

5 comments:

  1. Jen-
    Thank you for posting this poem!
    I am amazed that reading through Genesis with this study has "opened" my eyes so much to show me things I'd just skipped over my previous times reading it. Especially that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was a shadow of the cross.
    Thank you!

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  2. Jen - I was hoping you would post this! I enjoyed the teaching so much last night. I think your gift of words is amazing! Thank you for sharing this, and thank you for blessing me each week with your gifts of wisdom and teaching. The women's bible study has truly been a blessing in my life!

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  3. I love it...you should write more often...:)

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  4. Love the poem and the previous post on guarding the Sabbath... such wisdom.

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  5. no wonder i couldn't find it when i googled it after listening to the podcast... it's not famous...yet :) thanks for sharing!

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