Today we press into our subject of forbidden fruit. I hope you dug in and looked closely at the verses of Genesis Chpt.2, 3.
God said, in verse 16 of Gen 2, that Adam was not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of good and evil.
-Did you catch that? God TOLD Adam. At this point, there was NO EVE.- Hold that thought!
-God says nothing about the Tree of Life. Isn’t that interesting? Hold onto this thought as well.
Today we are going to put up a few more coat hooks.
- God put Adam in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.
God meant work to be good, healthy for mind and body. I often wonder if there were weeds at this point. Because if we jump over to Gen 3 verses 17-19, God tells Adam because he listened to Eve and ate (sin requires action and participation), the ground becomes cursed. Painful toil.
This tells us that the work in the garden (aka-toil) was good, not back-breaking or “painful”, that is UNTIL the fall.
- The warning? Not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The result? If you ate the fruit of the tree, you will surely die.
- What is meant by “surely die”? Did Adam understand what “die” or death meant?
Who did know about good and evil? Satan and God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit- and his angels*.
Just to let you know that the term “us”, I believe, refers to the Trinity. I also think God’s angels knew good and evil as well. Because, at this point, Satan has already fallen. Shoot over to Gen3-5, 22 for additional support to this thought.
Please, keep in mind God has some complexity to who he is and how he operates. I don’t even pretend to know the mind of God. I try to understand a few things by his nature and character. Always check your spirit and the scriptures for truth.
We will stop right here. That’s enough hooks for today. Our journey is much like mystery-solving. Pay attention to the who, what, when, where, and why. Carry on, fellow Bible sleuths! Follow the timeline.-M
Michele Bruxvoort is sure to draw you in with her delightful sense of humor and love for living life. She enjoys reading, repurposing, as well as remodeling the family home with her husband. Drawing from her life experience as wife, mom, and follower of Jesus, Michele brings you a very honest and real perspective on life. When you don’t find her writing, you can find her mowing lawns, stocking shelves, taking care of her grandbaby and tackling her latest life adventure.
Wisconsin native and empty-nester, she now makes her home with her husband of 27 years in the South West Prairie plains of Minnesota.