The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is a very large tree. It has to be to hold all of the good and the evil both.
At the bottom of the very big tree was a little serpent who stared upward, plotting the best route to take. The little serpent had a name, Envy. Envy was the runt out of a very large brood of vipers and felt he must prove himself to the others. Envy had been given a special mission that involved his climbing the great tree. So he set out one day while Eve and Adam were preoccupied with roaming the Garden.
It was a most difficult climb, given the lack of arms and legs, but Envy persisted. “I think I can, I think I can,” became the mantra of the little serpent. Many years later Envy would write a self-help book and make a fortune giving motivational seminars to fools who don’t believe God’s word is true.
By and by Envy reached a level on the tree where he would look the woman Eve in the eye. Then, when Eve was least expecting it, the little serpent struck. The venom of the little serpent has a numbing agent in it, an anesthetic that prevents those injected of even being aware that they are already dead. The numbing agent is called Doubt.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said -?” That is doubt and the woman Eve was already dead. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate.”
The little serpent had one objective and was so successful in deceiving Eve and Adam that neither of them suspected what Envy had really been up to. So great is the deception of Envy, that even today most cannot see it. Eve and Adam had permission from God to eat from all the trees in the Garden. But the one that Envy focused on was the only one forbidden. For Eve and Adam to fail, they had to first forget about the Tree of Life.
The brood of vipers that Envy had come from, has many members. Covetousness, grudge, resentment, rivalry, jealousy, hatred, racism, avarice, and political ambition. All of these have a venom with a self-maintaining efficacy so very deadly today.
“And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. —Ecclesiastes 4:4
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”‘ Revelation 2:7