Trees of the Holy Scriptures



In the middle of paradise grew a fig tree. It was the Tree of Knowledge. The young vine of the Tree of Life was entwined around the trunk of this fig tree on the one hand, and the wise and cunning Serpent entwined the trunk of this fig tree on the other side.

When primitive people, savages, began to comprehend the spiritual world, when people gave names to abstract concepts and the language appeared the names of the instinctive qualities of the soul, "lion" is courage, "ox" is hard-working, "wolf" is predation, "donkey" is stubborn, "hare" is cowardice — among these qualities there was not one that would become a person's assistant.

Then the Lord God took and created from the "bone", that is, from the essence of this primitive, ancient man, helper, "wife", that is, the opinion of others, and Adam, that is, Man began to rely on the opinion of others. Eve, that is, Opinion became an assistant for every modern person.

This man, Adam, was a carnal man, an individualist. Such a person seeks first of all his own benefit, he is an egoist. Therefore, the Lord God forbade the carnal Adam to eat the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge: the egoist will use all knowledge to his own advantage to live at the expense of other people.

But people are people: someone began to eat the fruits of Knowledge, because the Serpent, that is, cunning, gave such advice.

Adam saw: all around are already tasting Knowledge. Who first started - it does not matter. When people tasted the fruits of the tree of Knowledge, they saw their sinful nature. In order to somehow hide their egoistic nature, people began to justify themselves with the help of the leaves of the same fig tree of Knowledge: they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

The Lord God saw that people had broken His commandment. God cursed earthly wisdom: in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. God cursed the human environment: the birth of the future human type is accompanied by torment, and the leaders dominate the human environment.

In the book of Judges there is a wonderful parable about how the Blackthorn of general condemnation began to reign over humanity. A person who eats the fruits of the Tree of Knowledge sees the sins of other people, he cannot but condemn these sinful people, and he himself becomes a victim of the same condemnation from others: judge not, that ye be not judged, for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.

When the time came, and the elect of Israel people grew up on earth, the Lord God decided to plant in the midst of this people his Paradise Fig tree: God gave Moses the Law, which teaches to distinguish Good and Evil.

The fig tree was supposed to bear fruit, the fulfillment of the Law was to bring about the result: the righteousness of the Jews. When Jesus Christ came, He wanted to taste the fruits of this fig tree, but this tree was fruitless. Jesus Christ cursed this fig tree and it immediately dried up.

A dried fig tree was cut down and a cross was made from a felled tree, on which Jesus Christ, the Righteous, was hanged, instead of the fruit that was to grow on this tree.

But here's a miracle: Instead of Jesus Christ, the Serpent was nailed on this tree.

The New Testament lists 12 or 13 fruits of the Spirit. Each fruit of the Spirit from the New Testament corresponds to one of the trees mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.

Love — apples
Joy — grapes, wine
Peace — mulberry berries
Longsuffering — almond nuts
Goodness — etrog (citron)
Gentleness — the scent of myrtle
Faith (faithfulness) — olives, olive oil
Meekness — the beauty of willow
Temperance — pomegranate
Holiness — date fruits
Truth — oranges
Righteousness — figs
Wisdom — walnut

In the spiritual sense, trees in Holy Scripture correspond to lengthy processes in man or in humanity, which can produce results (fruit) or be fruitless.