A centuries-old adage offers this free advice to anyone among us who is willing to accept it: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden that wasn’t the advice that the two of them needed. In fact, it’s actually the opposite of the words they should have been repeating to each other daily, for it was the fall from God’s grace of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden that led in the first place to the world’s need for doctors.
What Adam and Eve had actually needed the most on the day when the serpent weaseled his way into their lives was someone who knew all the ins and outs of God’s words and would always be there to remind them of just what God said. The someone they needed had always been none other than God, for God alone has perfect knowledge that no one else has.
So when God had made Adam in His own image and then blew His own life into Adam, God then had a son (Luke 3:37) and Adam, His son, then had a Father. In loving His son as only a Father’s love can, God gave Adam His best shot at staying alive by giving Adam the wise counsel that He knew His son needed.
“You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
God had always known that which Adam still had to learn: the sinful shame of disobeying his good Father would one day surely out and out kill him.
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