Lesson 07 第七课

Lesson 7

God told Adam not to eat fruit from
the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

        1. God planted two special trees in the middle of the garden.

NLT Genesis 2:9 And the LORD God planted all sorts of trees in the garden-- beautiful trees that produced delicious fruit. At the center of the garden he placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

耶和华神使各样的树从地里长出来,可以悦人的眼目,其上的果子好做食物。园子当中又有生命树和分别善恶的树。

  God caused many kinds of trees to grow in the garden.

Many kinds of trees grew in the garden. There were trees that were beautiful to look at. And there were trees that produced fruit for Adam to eat.

In addition, God planted two special trees in the garden.

God was the source of Adams life. God had breathed life into Adam when He created Adam.

At this time, there was no sickness, disease or death in the world. But in order for Adam to live forever, he had to eat the fruit from the tree of life.

God didn’t make Adam eat the fruit. It had to be Adam’s choice. God wanted Adam to choose to eat the fruit from the tree of life which He had given to him.

   Adam was to be totally dependent on God.

God wanted Adam to always remember that he was totally dependent upon God for everything. God wanted Adam to acknowledge, “I am totally dependent upon You, God. You are my life. You are my creator. I depend upon You for all things. I cannot live without this fruit from the tree of life that You have provided for me. Because You are my creator, You have the right to tell me what to do and what not to do. I will obey You because I cannot live independently of You, my creator.”

By eating from the tree of life, Adam would be acknowledging that he was dependent on God for his life.

   God planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the garden.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil was to remind Adam that he must never choose to be independent of God. He must always depend on God to know what was right and what was wrong.

 

From the time God created Adam, God had decided what was good for Adam. God had decided what Adam needed, and God put Adam in the garden in Eden. Adam didn’t know anything that was bad because God had given him everything that was good.

The fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that God created was not evil. It was good fruit.

Neither was it bad to understand what was good and what was evil. God already had full knowledge of everything that was good and everything that was evil.

   Adam was to depend on God to know good and evil.

The reason God did not want Adam to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is because He did not want Adam to decide what was good and what was bad, independently of Him. God already knew the best things for Adam. God planned that He would be the one to tell Adam the good things that he should do when he needed to know. Adam was to depend on God at all times to tell him what was the right thing. God is good and knows all that is good and all that is evil. God would always choose the best for Adam. Adam was to always let God be the boss.

God is still the same today. He has not left it up to us to decide what is right and what is wrong. God has given the Bible so we can know what pleases and displeases God.

   God told Adam that he must not eat fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

NLT Genesis 2:16-17 But the LORD God gave him this warning: "You may freely eat any fruit in the garden 17 except fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat of its fruit, you will surely die."

16 耶和华神吩咐他说:园中各样树上的果子,你可以随意吃; 17 只是分别善恶树上的果子,你不可吃,因为你吃的日子必定死。

 

God told Adam that he could eat any of the fruit in the garden except for the fruit of one tree. Adam must not eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

If Adam decided to be independent of God and disobey Him by eating the forbidden fruit, he would immediately know what was good and what was evil. Once he ate, he would be separated from God and no longer dependent on God to tell him what was good and what was evil. Adam would have to make his own decisions about what was good and what was evil.

 

   God told Adam that if he ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would die.

 

God clearly told Adam that he must not eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And God clearly told Adam what would happen if he disobeyed. Adam would die if he disobeyed God.

2.    Death is the punishment for disobedience to God.

NLT Genesis 2:17 except fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat of its fruit, you will surely die."

17 只是分别善恶树上的果子,你不可吃,因为你吃的日子必定死。

 

God said to Adam that, if he ate fruit from this tree, he would die immediately.

 

Until this time, Adam had only experienced good things because God provided everything for him. However, at this time, God warned Adam that disobeying would result in death. If Adam wanted to be independent of God and disobey Him by eating the forbidden fruit, Adam would die.

What did God mean when He told Adam that he would die?

   Adam would be separated from God. 

God warned Adam that, if he disobeyed God’s command, he would die. He would be separated from God. He would no longer be God’s friend. He would become God’s enemy.

God warned Adam that, if Adam chose to disobey God, the relationship that they had enjoyed since God created Adam would be broken.

God had created Adam in God’s image so that Adam could know, love and obey God. If Adam disobeyed God’s command, that part of Adam that was made in God’s image would be marred and separated from God.

    Adam would eventually be separated from his body.

When God told Adam that he would die if he ate the fruit from the tree of know- ledge of good and evil, God did not mean that Adam would die physically on that same day. God meant that, if Adam ate the forbidden fruit, he would immediately be cut off from God who was the source of his life. Because of this, in the future, his body would also die.

That’s what God meant would happen to Adam if he ate this fruit. Adam would be immediately cut off from God, the source and sustainer of his life. The result would be that one day he would die physically.

 

When a person dies physically, he is separated from his body. A person’s spirit and soul, the part of him that cannot be seen, leaves his body when he dies.

Do you remember what happened when God first created Adam’s body? Adam didn’t have any life. His body was like a dead person’s body. Then God breathed life into Adam’s nostrils. When God breathed into Adam’s body, God gave Adam his soul and spirit. His body was the house for his soul and spirit.

A person’s body is the house of his soul and spirit. When a person dies, the soul and spirit leave the body.

God told Adam that, if Adam disobeyed God and ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam would be separated from God who gave him his life. Adam’s body would die eventually. Some time in the future, Adam’s soul and spirit would leave his body and it would die.

    Adam would continue forever in separation from God.

When God told Adam that he would die if he ate the fruit, God was also telling Adam that, when his body died physically, he would continue forever separated from God. He would never again have an opportunity to become God’s friend.

 

If Adam chose to disobey God, there would be no way of escape. No one can escape from God.

 If Adam disobeyed God, he would no longer be in oneness or friendship with God. Adam would also die physically when his soul and spirit were separated from his body. And after death, Adam would be separated from God forever.

   Death is the punishment for disobedience to God.

God said that Adam would die if he ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam would be separated from God, the source of life and all that is good.

Adam would no longer be able to enjoy God’s love and friendship. Adam would die physically when his soul and spirit left his body. Adam would then be separated from God forever.

3.    God had authority over Adam.

   God had the right to tell Adam what to do because God created Adam.

 

God made Adam. God gave Adam his life. Therefore, Adam belonged to God. God had created Adam; therefore, God had the right to tell Adam what to do.

   God had the right to tell Adam what to do because God loved Adam.

God loved Adam and only wanted what was best for him. God wanted to enjoy Adam’s love and friendship. God had the right to tell Adam what to do because God loved Adam.

   God had the right to tell Adam what to do because God was wiser than Adam.

God knows everything. God knew what was best for Adam. God had the right to tell Adam what to do because God was wiser than Adam.

No person is as wise as God. God knows everything. He knew what was best for Adam. God knew that, if Adam ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam would be separated from God.

 

God still knows what is best. He knows the truth. He has given us the Bible so that we, too, can know the truth. We should listen carefully to God’s words because He made us, He loves us, and He is wiser than we are.


Questions

1.     Of how many trees in the garden was Adam allowed to eat the fruit?

2.     God planted two special trees in the middle of the garden. What were the names of those trees?

3.     By eating fruit from the tree of life, what would Adam be acknowledging?

4.     God had told Adam that he could eat any of the fruit in the garden except for the fruit of one tree. What was the name of that tree?

 

5.     What did God say would happen to Adam if he ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

6.     What did God mean when He said that Adam would die?

7.     Why did God have the right to tell Adam not to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil?