Genesis 2:5-9

When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:5-9

God set the stage for man to be able to choose Him from the beginning. But that choice does not come until after the woman is made from Adam. I believe Satan waited until he could temp someone who, perhaps, had gotten the command second hand. Adam had, after all, gotten to name all the animals. God must have warned him about the tree and it’s fruit.

In this way, we are all like Eve. We only know God’s commands and warnings and promises because they are in a book that was written long ago. The command is no less valid, but it seems to carry less weight be than if we had heard it ourselves. Disobedience plunged the world into darkness. The Good News is that Christ’s act of obedience brings light to everyone who believes. You did not have to be there at the cross to get the benefit.

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