The question here is asking you to step into the shoes of God and speculate about why He Might have created the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and then given Adam the command not to eat it. This seems impossible. It is difficult enough to walk in Abraham’s shoes but now you must imagine yourself to be God?! As with all questions requiring your imagination, it is important to
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So, based on the above, what is your answer to this question? Take your time.
Imagine that you walked into my house by my invitation. I am a very cool guy if I do say so myself and I’m probably the only one who says it. I have in my house a very curious thing called a flubwofter
The truth is that you don’t know. It’s my stuff but you don’t know how I will react when you interact with me or my things. You don’t even know if I’m one of those people who has reason to say, “The couch is not for sitting.” So I, wanting to ensure that we will never be comfortable in our relationship, give you no rules. I tell you nothing. I just stand there and stare at you and leave you to interpret whether you are entering into a relationship with me or irritating me by many tiny mistakes. You see, I have invited you in but I have not given you any direction on how use my stuff or how to be in relationship with me. Without telling you how to be with me, my house, even with all the cool stuff and the really really cool guy, becomes a place of great discomfort. That flubwofter though!
God made Eden. God made The Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God made the tree of life. God made Adam and Eve. He brings them into the garden and then stays silent? No. He is not like me. Instead, He tells them how to be in relationship with Him and His creation.
Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’
The commandment is an avenue into relationship. The purpose of obeying the commandment is to be in relationship. The point of the commandment was to ensure that man would be able to rightly live in relationship with God. This is the point of every single commandment God gives. He is not trying to trick you. And even when He Tests you
Now. If you are the center of attention of the universe, then sure you may wonder why God Made a tree and put the tree with you (whom He also Made) into a garden that belongs to Him. You may wonder why He “dangles” a fruit in front of you only to tell you not to eat it. Maybe He Did it to test you and so on and so on. You know. Cause you’re the center of the universe.
But you have seen God and so you know that you cannot possibly be the center of anything. You are not even the center of your self. You know that God Has Thoughts beyond your thoughts. That He formed the universe for His Glory and not your convenience. Since you have seen God and know that He Is Almighty then you tremble with the understanding that you have been invited into His Heart. You praise Him because He Has Commanded you so that through His Command you may enter into and remain in relationship with Him.