Forbidden Fruit - Hope 103.2

Forbidden Fruit

Genesis 2:15-1715 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (NLT)The essence of what the […]

By David ReayMonday 29 Apr 2019LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 2 minutes

Genesis 2:15-17

15 The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. 16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” (NLT)

The essence of what the Bible calls “sin” is our determination to be independent of God. We want to live life our way and not submit to his direction. In other words, we set ourselves up as our own gods. No one is going to push us around or tell us what to do.

When our text speaks of eating a piece of fruit, it need not be taken literally. God could just have easily told the man not to climb a certain wall or cross a particular river. The point is that God gave a command and as we know, the man decided not to obey it. He knew best.

The “fruit” here was in fact the desire to be like God, the desire to set ourselves up as the ones who run our own race. Our translations might suggest that eating the forbidden fruit involved knowing right and wrong. This can’t be true. Merely by being given this command it is assumed man already knew the difference: a choice was put before him.

The point of the text is that God was forbidding the man to become the one who decides what is good and evil. The temptation was to become the one who made the rules rather than the one who obeyed the rules. Of course, we are to know what is good and evil, but we are to let God be the one to decide such things.

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The first man reckoned he ought to decide such things. In seeking some sort of divinity, he lost his true humanity.

Blessings

David