“Why did God even put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the garden of Eden if He knew Adam and Eve would sin?”
This is a question my husband and I have heard a lot as youth pastors. This particular time, it came up during one of our Thursday night high school small groups. That week, the solo Bible reading and journaling time was from Genesis 3.
The basic, easy answer to this question is this: If we couldn’t choose to love God, we’d basically be robots – unable to choose to love Him. If there’s no possibility to choose other than God, there’s no possibility to choose Him. And love is a choice, not a alternative-less state of being.
As I was doing my own journaling on this passage and our student’s question, I realized something somewhat cliche, but never applied in my mind to this specific story.
Every day we have before us the choice between the trees. A choice between life and disobedience. A choice between love and rejection. A choice between blind trust or fatal knowledge.
Which will we choose?
You know the choices I’m talking about. The choice to bite your tongue or rip into your spouse. The choice to spend time with God or to watch TV instead. The choice to bury yourself in family or bury yourself in work. The choice to invest in healthy friendships or remain in life-sucking relationships.
Which will you choose?
We must choose the knowledge of God that sometimes leads to exercising blind trust over the knowledge of sin and death. We must choose not to remain naive as Eve which led to her swift deception. We must choose not to remain passive like Adam who forfeited his holy calling for temporary satisfaction.
Lord, help us to learn Your voice more. Let us choose life and obedience, every day; and let us choose You and Your ways. Amen.
When the Woman saw that the tree looked like good eating and realized what she would get out of it—she’d know everything!—she took and ate the fruit and then gave some to her husband, and he ate. When they heard the sound of God strolling in the garden in the evening breeze, the Man and his Wife hid in the trees of the garden, hid from God. (Genesis 3:6 & 8)