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This Is The Wonderful Reason God Forbade Adam From Eating The Fruit

In this article, I aim to address the question why God forbade Adam to not eat of the tree of life. It’s a question has long intrigued many individuals, and by delving into biblical principles, we can uncover a compelling explanation. The Bible conveys that God functions within the framework of law and order. His law represents his divine word, intended to establish order and harmony. In the initial chapter of Genesis, a description is offered which details how everything that God created lived and operated within its own domain. These were separated by a boundary from his other creations.

1. God’s Law And Order

Genesis 1:4-5 reads, “He separated light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night”. We see the same method applied when he created the waters, “Let there be a space to separate the waters of the heavens and the waters of the earth”, (Genesis 1:6). Next, he created creatures that would live in the waters, the sky and the land, all these creatures were bound by the area they were created to live in. The land animals were bound to land, sea animals bound to the sea and birds of every kind were to fill the skies.

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2. The Law Given To Adam

When man was created, he was placed in the garden of Eden to work. God also set a boundary for him – “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden except the tree of knowledge of good and evil, if you eat its fruits you are sure to die”, (Genesis 2:16-17).

What we observe from creation is the establishment of boundaries to separate various elements created. The division of the skies, waters, and land by boundaries serves to bring structure, order and harmony to the natural world.

Disorder occurs when a boundary is violated. I discovered that the word “sin” means to miss the mark. When Adam and Eve sinned, they missed the mark of their boundary and trespassed beyond the domain they were assigned to operate in. Violating a boundary is trespassing and its a sin which leads to death.

All of God’s creation is bound to this law. If a lion were to jump in the middle of the sea, it would die; similarly, beaching whales and dolphins die because they’ve gone beyond the boundary, they were created to live in.

3. God’s Adherence To His Law

It is important to acknowledge that even God, in his omnipotence, is bound by his own law and resides within the confines of heaven. Jesus when teaching his disciples how to pray began with the words: “Our Father who art in heaven”, (Matthew 6:9). God in fullness of deity cannot go beyond the heavenly realm, otherwise he’d be violating his own law.

To fulfill his will here on earth, God uses man as he gave them dominion to reign over earth, (Genesis 1:26). This is the reason why God had to reincarnate himself in the form of a man, Jesus, to fulfill his promise of reconciling us to himself. God uses people, including you and I, to bring earth in alignment to the will of his Kingdom, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

4. The History Of Violating God’s Law

Satan was the first to trespass beyond his own boundary and the result was death. Isaiah 14:13-15 reads, “You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.”

Satan in his heart wanted occupy God’s dwelling place and exalt himself to God’s high throne. When Satan violated this boundary in his heart Jesus in Luke 10:18 said, “He saw Satan fall down like a flash from heaven”, and condemned to death – cast out from the presence of the LORD Almighty.

5. Application of Law & Order

Trespassing leads to disorder and ultimately death. This principle can be applied in various fields: medicine, geopolitics, science, geography, relationships, etc. Below are examples of the application of this principle:

5.1 Biology

The human body was created healthy, in God’s perfect creation sickness and disease do not exist. However, when a virus enters the body, it creates disorder resulting in cells that were in harmony begin to fight the trespassing virus. If the virus or pathogen is too strong, the individual may die. Jesus healed many who were sick and afflicted, establishing order and aligning their bodies in accordance with God’s will.

5.2 Geopolitics

God created the whole world and determined the boundary of all nations (Acts 17:26). War occurs when one nation wants to impose its will on another, trespassing beyond its border creates conflict and chaos. Violence erupts which typically leads to numerous deaths and casualties.

5.3 Science

Newton’s First Law of motion states: every object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of an external force. Likewise, Adam and Eve lived in harmony (uniform motion) until the serpent (external force) deceived them bringing sin into the world (compelled to change).

5.4 Geography

Even the sea has its boundary, God’s response to Job reveals how he marked the sea’s boundary in Job 38:11 which reads, “You may come this far, but no farther; this is where your proud waves must stop.” When the sea goes beyond its boundary a phenomenon called Tsunami occurs. Sea waves breach over and beyond the seashore infiltrating and bringing disorder in the land.

5.5 Relationships

God made husband and wife to be married inseparably. Adultery is trespassing over someone else’s partner. We see this transpire in the life of David where he took Uraih’s wife Bethsheeba. David crossed above and beyond his boundary resulting into more acts of sin, the killing of Uriah in an attempt to conceal his trespass.

6. The Solution To Violating Boundaries Is Self Control

Lack of self-control leads to violating our boundary limits which further lead to sin and death, this is confirmed in Proverbs 5:22, “An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for lack of self-control.”

We pray to God for forgiveness of our sins, which is a request to be pardoned from trespassing or from acting out of lack of self-control. It is no wonder that Jesus taught his disciples to ask God to “Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”.

Proverbs 16:32 reads, “Better to have self-control than to conquer a city”. This proverb shows that self-control is extremely hard and challenging to exercise. This is why states have laws in place against all forms of crimes and evils. This is because they do not trust people enough to control their actions and behavior. These laws are placed to prevent people from committing crimes yet everyday there are sentencings. Thus demonstrating the difficulty in exercising self-control.

7. How To Exercise Self Control

This begs the question: how can we truly exercise self-control? The answer is found from the only man, Jesus, who had self-control beyond reproach. The bible records that the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus in Mathew 3:16. Shortly thereafter he was tested by Satan in the wilderness after fasting for 40 days. Satan attempted to cause Jesus to trespass beyond God’s laws when he asked him turn stones into bread. Jesus responds by the word of God saying, “men shall not live by bread alone, but by the word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

We can also exercise self-control in the same manner Jesus did. In Galatians 5:22-23, Paul writes that one of the fruits on the Holy Spirit is self-control. The Holy Spirit enables us to live righteously through self-control; coupled with the word of God, we get to know God’s precepts and laws which help us govern ourselves under the unction of the Holy Spirit. Read more on the word of God as a primary necessity for the life.

8. Final Remark

  • In conclusion, this article sought to determine why God forbade Adam not to eat of the tree of life. The answer is found in God’s principles when he created the heavens and the earth, everything was given its boundary to operate from and men too were given a boundary.
  • Boundaries are meant to create order and to preserve us from harm. Trespassing over one’s boundary leads to disorder and ultimately death.
  • Self-control enables us to keep within a boundary, this cannot be achieved by human effort, but by the Holy Spirit. Jesus last told the disciples in Acts 1:8, “You’ll receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you”, this power enables us to exercise self-control.

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