God sought to establish man and woman in a wholesome relationship to His sovereignty. As an initial test they were forbidden to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They were given a choice of compliance or disobedience, clear and simple. Had they kept away from the evil suggestion to firm commitment to God, they might have eaten of the “tree of life” and been eternally confirmed in righteousness. But they each disobeyed the direct command of God and the fall of the human race took place.
By this deliberate action, they declared their independence from the will of God and their affiliation with Satan’s kingdom of darkness. The cause of this disaster was not the tree; nor was it the serpent or the devil behind the serpent. These provided only an occasion for two individuals to express their freedom of choice with respect to the will of God. In this test of allegiance they failed and fell, along with the previously fallen host of angels.
To all outward appearance, this second fall of God’s creation seemed to dash God’s high hopes of extending His kingdom in moral agents. It certainly seemed to be counterproductive to God’s purpose, for sin appeared to be coming up the victor.
This is my struggle at the moment in reaching out to an older Jewish man who is saying the same thing.
- “Did God Really Say…” Genesis 3:1 (wehavethemindofchrist.wordpress.com)
- Which Tree? (jeanettegullett.com)