8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10 And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11 The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12 And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13 And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14 And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15 And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
K.J.V. Bible Text
We use the word “Eden” to refer to perfection, and Eden was the perfect place God made for Adam—the place he had waiting to provide habitat and nourishment before Adam was even formed.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam had everything he needed. God’s only request was for him to take care of and work the garden. Everything was ready for Adam to be a prosperous farmer with a full belly and beautiful surroundings.
All God asked was that Adam not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
We don’t need to read the rest of Genesis 2 to know that Adam was not content with what God had provided for him. We have all heard the story of his dissatisfaction.
Before I read the rest of the chapter to find out about the seeds of his dissatisfaction, my first thought is this: God wanted a creature who could decide to behave as he wished. God was all-powerful and Adam was his creation. God did not need to tell Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If he wanted to do so, God could have made Adam blind to the tree altogether, but God wanted Adam to obey him by choice.
Once again, God behaved like a parent. Children must have freedom to learn from their mistakes. God gave Adam this same freedom and with it, like a watchful parent, he gave a warning.
– Betty Killebrew
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