The sermon of Fr. Mike Flynn at the Consecration of Bishop Bill Love:
There were two trees in the garden of Eden.
The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
These 2 trees stood for obedience and disobedience, for the life of God and the death of man.
Gen 2:16, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may eat freely of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’”
When we eat of The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (TKGE), we enter into our own value system.
Every day we have a choice to live in the Tree of Life (TL) or TKGE. TL is walking in the life the Lord Jesus has to offer to each one of us. It is letting the flow of God happen in our life. TL has life in it, it has forgiveness, it doesn’t bear a grudge, it keeps no record of wrongs, where the anointing of the Sp is free to flow.
Before the fall, God and Adam and Eve: Fellowship, mutual enjoyment, able to laugh easily, able to dance, able to grin. TL is a picture of walking the Spirit-filled life: no grudges, no heartache, no bitterness.
Things happened which could cause bitterness, etc, but if we choose to live in the TL, we can turn the other cheek. But if we live in TKGE, when we get slapped, we draw back and blast the one who has offended us. We know and articulate what they did wrong and we know that we are God’s instrument to make them right. So we jam our fist down their throat.
The TL and TKGE are decisions that we get to make every day.
Let’s spend a few minutes contrasting these two trees.
This was the second of three excellent messages I was blessed to hear during the weekend of the Consecration. My only critique of this one… it would have been just as strong, just as applicable, without the references to sexual issues. I have heard many people say they were upset or distracted by the “political” nature, and felt it detracted from the powerful message being delivered. And, if you read past the sex issue, this IS a powerful message.