How The Good News Of The Gospel Fits Into God’s Plan – Part 3/Sin enters the World

Adam and Eve were living an idyllic life in the Garden of Eden and all their needs were being met. They had a good relationship with each other, and loving fellowship with God, their Creator. The only prohibition that God placed on them was not to eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground-trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

genesis 2:9 new international version

And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

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The Purpose of the Tree

The most often considered purpose was to provide man with a choice: to love and serve God willingly or to rebel against him and reject the one prohibition he had given them. 

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not evil by its nature. There was nothing wicked about the tree. To claim this would imply that God created something evil, which would contradict Genesis 1: 31 niv – “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day.” God gave man a very clear command in Genesis 2:17 niv – “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

The command was simple: do not eat of that one particular tree. The consequence was equally clear: if man ate, he would die. The fruit was not poisonous, evidenced by the fact that Adam and Eve did not physically die soon after eating it.

Satan Deceives Adam and Eve

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened.

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Eve saw that the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil looked attractive, and Satan’s words cast doubt in her mind, so she ate the fruit from the tree and gave it to Adam also. It didn’t take them long to realise that they had been deceived. They looked at each other and saw their nakedness and, for the first time, they felt ashamed of it.

Later on, when they heard God approach, they hid from Him. Because of their disobedience, they became afraid. God knew they had eaten the forbidden fruit and each of them blamed the other. They became alienated from each other and from God also.

Sin had entered the world.

To be continued

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