Daily Devotional – August 2
The ancient Chinese possessed an unusual knowledge of Bible history that’s they incorporated into their written pictograph language. The most ancient of Chinese writings are called oracle bones in which the pictographs are inscribed on bones and tortoise shells. The inventor of the original Chinese characters obviously had knowledge of the Genesis account. For example, the word for desire or covet is made up of two characters, trees and woman:
Woman + Trees = Desire, Covet
There were two trees in the Garden of Eden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (the forbidden tree) and the tree of life. In the Genesis account, Eve saw the fruit of a forbidden tree and desired it.
The word difficulty, trouble is made up of tree and garden
Trees + (Garden) Enclosure = Difficulty, Trouble
When Adam and Eve ate of that forbidden fruit in the garden, difficulty resulted. Now there would be thorns and thistles and difficulty during childbirth.
Not only was the Earth cursed, but now death would enter in. The character meaning, to die, perish is:
Hands + Trees = Mulberry Tree + Mouths = To Die, Perish
Note how the two mouths (Adam and Eve) indicating eating fruit from the forbidden tree produced death.
These are just a few examples of how the knowledge of the first eleven chapters of Genesis is imbedded in the Chinese pictograph language. When witnessing to the Chinese, you can show them that Christianity is not just a Western religion but that their ancient fathers knew and believed in the One true God of the Bible. The Chinese language is a silent witness to the knowledge of Genesis 1-11.
“The tree of life [was] also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil…And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired [covetable]… she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”
~ Genesis 2:9, 3:6
Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett
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