Choice Between Good And Evil

Arthur Pink, a theologian from another generation, talks against those who preach about Jesus as a savior from hell rather than a savior from sin. He explained that there are many who are dangerously deceived by this, because there are many who desire to escape the flames of hell … More

Choice

An exact identification of the garden of Eden is impossible. However, it is generally agreed that the oldest known civilization centered in and around the region of Mesopotamia. This means that the garden was probably in the area of what we know today as the Persian Gulf (vv. 10-14). If the geography in the area was the same after the flood as it was before the flood the third (Hiddekel) and fourth rivers (Euphra­tes) are now known as the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

Man was placed in the garden as the caretaker (v. 15). He was given the free­dom to enjoy all earthly good and pleasures but with one distinct prohibition (v. 16). God’s first command to man concerned life and death, good and evil. That was that he could eat freely of the fruit from every tree in the garden except from the “tree of the knowledge of good and  evil"  (v. 17). If he ate fruit from the forbidden tree he would surely die. The death depicted here is not a physical death, but spiritual death which is separation from God.

The potential for catastrophe was great if this young couple attempted to manipulate life. The tree of life was apparently a means of preserving and promoting life for Adam and Eve in their blissful state. God chose to test the moral constitution of His creation by placing Adam and Eve in a perfect environment, but with this one restriction. As God created man, he was able not to sin and if he had not done so he would have been confirmed in righteousness. Instead, as we will see later, he disobeyed God and fell into a state that made him not able not to sin.

Application

As a Christian today I am faced with choices of whether to sin or not to sin. Because Christ paid  for my sin on the cross, sin does not separate me eternally but it does hinder my fellowship with Him.

Genesis 2:10-17 (English Standard Version)

A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."

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