And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 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.” Genesis 2: 16, 17 (NKJV)
God created Adam and Eve with freedom of choice. Then God chose to test their loyalty before they could receive eternal security. If they endured the trial, they were to be in permanent favor with God.
In the Garden of Eden, God planted fruit trees attractive to the eyes and pleasing to eat, but only two were named that grewin the center of the garden; the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The two trees provided a choosing exercise. If Adam and Eve chose to eat the fruit of the tree of life, it would mean living happily forever with God. But choosing the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil signifies disobedience to God. (P.P. p.12) It would result to sin, loneliness, hardship, pain, sickness, and finally, death.
In our present-day, the red apple is commonly referred to as the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil tree. This identification can be traced to a fifth century A.D. Latin translation of the Bible. The word for evil in Latin is malum, which also means apple. (ABC Bible p. 20).
Back in heaven before the creation, Lucifer rebelled against God and was cast out from heaven. Then he came to this world to take revenge on God by destroying Adam and Eve through deception by eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge… Angels warned Adam and Eve against the tricks and magic of Satan.
He cannot tempt them everywhere, except at the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Should Adam and Eve attempt to go near and investigate the tree, they would fall into Satan’s evil plans.
Ely Lagajino graduated AB Social Science from Adventist University of the Philippines. He earned his way through high school and college as a working student. The stories and articles posted in scribe.ph are testaments of God’s leading in his life through serving and associating with various communities and individuals, Bible study, research, and careers that have spanned more than 5 decades. Ely and his wife Elmie who edits his articles, along with their five children who serve in the allied health and business professions, just love to share Jesus to the rest of the world, while waiting for His soon return.