In my readings last night, I came across the subject of Adam and Eve. God gave precise instructions to Adam, not to eat the fruit from a specified tree, in the midst of the Garden of Eden. Eating the fruit from this tree would give a person the knowledge about good AND evil.
“And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:9 NKJV
First of all, that in and of itself ALONE is amazing. A tree that produces fruit AND gives insight to the eater? Really? And a tree that can give me life?
Secondly, what was so intriguing about the tree with the knowledge versus the tree with life? In the same verse above, it says that every tree God had planted in the garden was pleasant to the sight and good for food – so…it could not have stood out any more than the others, could it?
Adam, you mean to tell me you preferred to know good and evil over having life? I mean I know you didn’t eat first, Eve did, but surely you gave her a tour of the neighborhood, right?
I’m referencing Adam because He was given the initial command and shudda been like: “Eve, get some business. God said no and that’s it.” Come on Adam- be a protector. Show your dominion status, geez! 🙄
Maybe Adam felt that he understood what it meant to have “life” and that he already had life. After all, he was living. God did give him the chance to name all of the animals and have dominion. Adam was there when God put him to sleep, only to be awaken by the sight of a beautiful woman who would become his wife. So the creation of life maybe wasn’t a big deal to him. Maybe they were a product of their environment- which simply means the environment you grew up in, influences your decision.
Was Adam and Eve’s sin really about eating a piece of forbidden fruit? The significance or point in the passage is not the fruit itself, but the command against eating it. God gave Adam and Eve only one barring in His instructions. He could have altogether not allowed them to eat the fruit, but since He made them in His image, they had the power of choice.
The issue was not the fruit, but the sin was in their disobedience. By eating the fruit (the act of sin), Adam and Eve gained personal knowledge of evil. They now had the contrasting experience of the evil of disobedience and the guilt and shame that sin brings with it.
Satan deceived them. He told them that eating the fruit would make them like gods. When in actuality, they were already made in the image of God, and therefore were like gods. 😱
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”Genesis 1:26 NKJV
And so it is today. It is our ability to choose that gets us in trouble. The enemy- even if it is of our own mind, sends an illusion that something we know that could be detrimental to our lives, our relationships, and our health, is actually good. It is enticing. It lures us. It makes our hearts pound faster, our mind races and pretty soon, we are giving in to our fleshly desires. Once the act is committed, just as Eve, our eyes come open to the knowledge of the evil act we have committed and the consequences of our actions follow.
“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.” James 1:13-15 NKJV
What is the point? When God says NO to something, we better start taking heed; it is for our own good. Disobeying Him, going our own way, or deciding for ourselves what is and is not good, implies that we are “god,” we are in control, and we do not need the Almighty’s help. Let us consider our ways. Our Father desires for us to experience an abundant life both now and forever; but the choice is ours. We have a list of forbidden fruits that everyone seems to be enjoying, but the end of it is destruction.
“The actions that are produced by selfish motives are obvious, since they include sexual immorality, moral corruption, doing whatever feels good, idolatry, drug use and casting spells, hate, fighting, obsession, losing your temper, competitive opposition, conflict, selfishness, group rivalry, jealousy, drunkenness, partying, and other things like that. I warn you as I have already warned you, that those who do these kinds of things won’t inherit God’s kingdom.” Galatians 5:19-21 CEB
Your abundant life is contingent upon the choices you make, which all center around the obedience or disobedience of God’s principles. Choose this day!
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” Ecclesiastes 12:13 NKJV