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Gen. 2:15-17 15 And the LORD [Yahovah] God [elohiym] took [laqach] the man [adam], and put him [yanach] into the garden [gan] of Eden [Eden] to dress [abad] it and to keep [shamar] it. 16 And the LORD [Yahovah] God [elohiym] commanded [tsavah] the man [adam], saying [amar], Of every tree [ets] of the garden [gan] thou mayest freely [akal] eat [akal]: 17 But of the tree [ets] of the knowledge [da`ath] of good [towb] and evil [ra], thou shalt not eat [akal] of it: for in the day [yowm] that thou eatest [akal] thereof thou shalt surely [muwth] die [muwth]. KJV-Interlinear 15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, 'From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 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
Then, after the Garden had been made ready, and after man had been created, and created outside of the Garden, then man was placed into the Garden, and placed there by God Himself. This was a gift freely given from God. Man did not earn or deserve the right to be in the Garden.
God did not place man there to be idle either, but gave man something to do with his time. God is not a God of chaos, but of order an purpose. God gave man a job in effect. To the animals that swam in the sea, or roamed the fields, or fly in the air, God did not give jobs, but the freedom to exist as they will. Animals do not have self determination, nor the ability to decide between right from wrong. Animals were not given rules to follow, or choices to decide upon. But man was given these things.
God did not create man to be idle and do as he pleases, but gave man parameters and boundaries. The two trees were the choice of life or death. The Garden vs. the area outside the Garden, Havilah, was the choice of fellowship with God or the world. The companionship of animals or waiting on God for the right partner was a choice between self determined destiny or God's plan.
Adam was given something to do to keep him occupied, attentive, and alert. Soon he would be naming the animals and that would keep him busy for a long time, or could have kept him busy for a long time while in the Garden. Employment with God is the securest of jobs and the most permanent of careers. Adam should never get bored with all the new things he surely faced each day.
God issued His first command allowing food to be taken from any tree except one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Here the stage is set for the daily choice. Man must eat everyday, or frequently and with repetition, so the choice of what to eat is always before man and you and me too.
God commanded. He gives us instructions that are clear and understandable. God does not wrap information in a veil of ambiguity and mystery. Only those who ignore God and therefore cannot hear His Word, cannot understand Him. Have you ever been focused on something and had someone else talk to you and you did not hear them?
This is sometimes the disease husbands get with respect to their wives in latter years, or even early on!!! Humor, Ok! So it happens to man when he ignores God. One cannot understand when one does not listen. And if you are not tuned in, to the correct station on the radio, you won't hear it.
So you have to be in fellowship with God in order to be tuned in properly. So all of God's commands are for our good. They are neither restrictive, nor do they handicap us. They actually give us tremendous freedom and blessing. Disregarding God places constraints and defects in life.
God did not mention the tree of life in this command. Adam could have eaten from this tree, but he did not. He ate from every other tree and always had the forbidden tree set before him. Nothing was said about touching it or smelling it.
The only prohibition was the eating of the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The choice that would place man at the mercy of the world, the jungle, if he chose to live in the jungle.
When man eats of this tree then he will die, 'muwth', dying thou shalt die. Man would immediately lose his human spirit and be separated from God. Man would be dead spiritually. Then physically he would begin to deteriorate and eventually die a physical death.
Note that there was no deterioration in the Garden. Man could have lived forever presumably, simply by staying away from that one forbidden tree. But it probably would only have been Adam and Eve living forever, because her ovulation cycles did not start until they were evicted from the Garden. That is when the task of child bearing was assigned to Eve.
Anyway, now Adam has a job and he has his boundaries for life. He also has his free will right to decide. We, each of us, have these ingredients in our lives. To decide for God and enjoy the freedoms and blessings that come with it, or to decide against God and suffer from the things this world throws at us. Apart from God, we have no defense or fortification against this world. With God in our lives, we have the same power of God to protect us moment by moment.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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