In Eden's garden fair we see
That God before two trees placed man,
The trees of life, and knowledge too,
Which for the Lord and Satan stand.
The tree of life the center is
Of God's eternal, perfect plan,
Denoting God in Christ as life
To be received as all by man.
The tree of knowledge standing there,
Bespeaks a sure and warning voice:
Outside of God there is a source
Of death to all who make this choice.
If man would eat the tree of life,
Then God as life he will receive,
And be transformed to precious stones,
God's will and purpose to achieve.
If man the tree of knowledge takes,
Then Satan enters into man
As sin, which brings him into death,
That he may not fulfill God's plan.
This signifies that only God
Is our full source of life and breath;
To touch ought else is but to touch
The source of knowledge and of death.
For knowledge only bringeth death,
Though evil or though good it seem;
For any thing apart from God,
Is but the fruit of Satan's scheme.
Not only evil, but the good
Is contradictory to Christ;
Not only knowledge of the bad,
But even good is versus Christ.
Lord, teach us only Thee to touch,
That with Thy life we filled may be,
And not to touch the good or bad,
Or anything apart from Thee.