Tree of Life

The Lord God filled the garden with all kinds of beautiful trees and fruit trees. Two other trees were in the middle of the garden. One of these gave life—the other gave the wisdom to know the difference between right and wrong.  Genesis 2:9

The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the Lord God had made. One day it came to the woman and asked, “Did God tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?”

The woman answered, “God said we could eat fruit from any tree in the garden, except the one in the middle. He told us not to eat fruit from that tree or even to touch it. If we do, we will die.”

“No, you won’t!” the snake replied. “God understands what will happen on the day you eat fruit from that tree. You will see what you have done, and you will know the difference between right and wrong, just as God does.”

The woman stared at the fruit. It looked beautiful and tasty. She wanted the wisdom that it would give her, and she ate some of the fruit. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some to him, and he ate it too. Right away they saw what they had done, and they realized they were naked. Then they sewed fig leaves together to make something to cover themselves.

Late in the afternoon a breeze began to blow, and the man and woman heard the Lord God walking in the garden. They were frightened and hid behind some trees.    Gen 3:1-8

We chose this artwork called "Transforming" by Mandy Manggurra to represent the Tree of Life.

Artwork - Transforming

Artist: Mandy Manggurra

Language: Wubuy/Kriol

Community: Numbulwar

Mandy has been involved with Nungalinya for many years. She is a trainer at the college and has an amazing depth of knowledge in the scriptures. 

Mandy has been drawing scriptures for many years but had never tried painting. The moment she put paint onto the canvas, it was evident that Mandy had a gift.

"The seeds fall to the ground and begin to grow in the ground. Those new plants are dependant on the environment they are growing in. 

God gives everything those plants need to grow in that place. This is like us - we need to be in our community. We need to share his love with our own people. We need to be transforming our own community and helping them to grow."

Artist Video

Hear Mandy sharing about her art journey in this video.