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Up the Wrong Tree Genesis 3:8-15

Up the Wrong Tree

The Garden of Eden story is a story about humans barking up the wrong tree.

At a Glance

Senior Writer Bob Kaylor's experience as a child hunting raccoons in the dead of night in the woods of Pennsylvania are a starting point for a discussion of the trees of the Garden of Eden. What went wrong?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Take Heart," June 5, 1994, at

Bob Kaylor, Senior Writer here at Homiletics, tells the following story: "When I was a kid I used to spend part of every summer at the farm my uncle and aunt owned out in rural Western Pennsylvania. I usually went during the time to put up hay, probably because I was small enough to tuck the bales into the spaces at the top of the barn once we brought the wagon back in. Those were some great times -- drinking ice cold whole milk straight from the dairy barn, riding the tractors and taking a dip in the river when it got too hot.

"My cousins liked an evening activity that I never quite understood, however, and that was hunting raccoons at...

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