Genesis 2:16—”And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 2:17–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.”
How did the tree of knowledge of good and evil affect mankind?
Adam and Eve ate of this tree. Satan knew the consequences of the fruit thus he tempted Eve with a lie: Genesis 3:4—”But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.”
Satan also mixed in some truth with his temptation: Genesis 3:5–
“For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit which indeed opened their eyes; Genesis 3:7—”Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.” On the surface this may sound like a good thing that Adam and Eve knew good from evil. However, the fruit of this tree led all of mankind away from God.
The sin of man became so great God had to destroy all of mankind except Noah, his family and the animals in the ark. After the flood subsided Noah burned some of the animals as a sacrifice to God; Genesis 8:21—”And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done.”
The intention of man’s heart is evil from youth onward. Genesis 6:5–
“The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:6—”And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.”
The result of eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was God regretting that he made man. When we accept Christ as our savior, we now live by a new knowledge; 2 Corinthians 2:14—”But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” Through the sacrifice of Christ, we become a pleasing aroma to God.
2 Corinthians 2:15—”For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” Through Christ we have a new knowledge through the fruit of the tree of life.
1 John 5:18—”We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.” 1 John 5:19—”We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
We have been set free from the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We have been set free from slavery to sin. We have been set free from the power of the evil one.
Thank You, Lord, for delivering us from the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Thank You that You use us to spread the fragrant aroma of Your Son.