Monday, November 7, 2022
“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16,17 KJV).
Is the God of Scripture “anti-intellectual?”
Observe how the Creator originally ordained earthly life to be: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28).
When the LORD made man (Adam) and woman (Eve)—yes, they were real, historical people!—He did not create them as robots. They were given volition or free will, a capacity to choose what path they would take in life. Since they were creatures and the LORD God was Creator, He exercised the right to make the rules and He gave them two options. Either they could function as He designed their life to be (see Genesis 1:26-28 above), or they could deviate from His will and suffer the dire consequences. Today’s Scripture again: “…Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely [exercise free will to] eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
Satan, the fallen cherub (spirit creature in the angelic world, leader of the angelic rebellion against Almighty God), noticed Adam and Eve, and realized here was a way to train more worshippers of self. Let us now watch the Master Deceiver work….