Why the Tree?
- God created everything
- At the end of his last day he looked at all of his work and said it was good
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 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.”
OK… Let’s stop right here and ask some questions…
- Why would God place the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden?
- If God knew the choice they would make, then why would he do it?
First thing to understand:
- We are the ones who don’t think right in our current state.
- We are the ones who have sin dwelling in us
- We are the ones who don’t see things clearly.
Second thing to know:
- God’s thoughts are above our thoughts
- God’s ways are above our ways
In Isaiah 55:8-9:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Why would God give Adam and Eve the choice when he already knew their decision?
- In the Garden of Eden how many rules were there?
- With sin we now have over 600 laws in the first five books of the Bible alone
Isn’t this the result of sin?
- Sin complicates things
- Sin makes things not work properly
- Sin makes life’s work much harder
When Eve looked at the fruit what senses did the devil tempt her with?
- Then it looked good to the eyes
- It looked good for food
- It looked desirable for gaining wisdom
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’?”
2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 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.’”
4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (It looked desirable for gain)
6 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. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
HOW MANY OF THE TEMPTATIONS WE FACE FOLLOW THIS SAME PATH?
- Looks good
- Tastes good
- God sees all things clearly
- God knows all the best options
- God has the power to do things however he wants
WE NEED TO TRUST HIM AND THE PARAMETERS THAT HE HAS CREATED.
How the devil and sin want to make things
- You should define for yourself what is right or wrong!
- You take for yourself what looks good
- You give in to those things that look desirable
- Don’t think about the consequences
How God wants things to be for you
- Trust that His ways are best
- Allow him to create the boundaries for your life
- Embrace his redemptive plan that brings hope into our lives