|| Bible Question: What
did God mean when He told Eve not to eat of the tree of knowledge?
Bible Answer: Genesis
God's words to Adam.
the LORD God commanded the man, saying, From any tree
of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you
eat from it you shall surely die. (NASB) Genesis 2:16-17
Tree of the Knowledge. The
Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is found only in the book of
Genesis (Gen. 2:9, 17; 3:22). It was a test of Adam and Eve's obedience
to God. It was a test of their faithfulness to Him. Did they believe
God and want to obey Him? They did not obey. They were not faithful.
They did not believe Him. They failed the test the moment they ate
of the tree. That act of disobedience gave Adam and Eve the knowledge
of evil. They knew the difference between good and evil after they
ate of its fruit. Apparently, God gave this name to the tree because
He knew Adam and Eve would disobey Him. They would bring sin into
the world and they would understand good and evil. Adam and Eve had
the "option" to choose holiness and they did not.
of Life. The Tree of Life is the other significant tree in the
Garden of Eden.
out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that
is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life
also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil. (NASB) Genesis 2:9
This tree apparently gave eternal physical life to the one
who ate from it.
the LORD God said, Behold, the man has become like one
of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he stretch out his
hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live
forever . . ." (NASB) Genesis 3:22
God did not want men and women who had rejected Him to be able to
physically live forever. Can you imagine how evil the world would
does not serve well as a gardener of the soul. It landscapes
the contour of the soul until all that is beautiful has been
made ugly; until all that is high is made low; until all that
is promising is wasted. Then life is like the desert - parched
and barren. It is drained of purpose. It is bleached of happiness.
Sin, is not wise, but wasteful. It is not a gate, but only a
Neil Strait, quoted from Llyod Cory Quote Uniquote
Jesus is light and life.
We can live in the light but only when we believe
Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend
it. (NASB) John 1:4-5
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal
life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NASB) Romans 6:23