“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.” // Genesis 2:16-17 (ESV)
I don’t know about you but I have always wondered why would Adam and Eve even disobey the very command of God. I mean, it is every tree created for enjoyment, satisfaction, and fulfillment compared to one that would kill them if they eat it. When God said they may eat of ‘every tree’, He really meant every tree. Well, except for one there in the middle. It is every tree of comfort, pleasure and all the happiness in the world. But Adam and Eve still chose to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil anyway. This really shows how us humans think; we want that one thing we could not have, even when we had everything (except for one).
That is one thing. And this is another. I wondered even more why God would even create that one tree when He would not allow the humans to consume it. Like seriously, if He would not want us to take it, why would He even made it? Was He trying to trick us into disobeying Him? Clearly the answer is no. But the reason is not so clear anyway. If there is one thing that motivated Him in creating that one tree, it would probably be LOVE. The core of God is love. And you might ask, where does it connect? He created that one tree of the knowledge of good and evil to give us choices to make because He wants to give us the freedom to choose. Life is full of choices and He wants to give us that opportunity to make decisions. Imagine if there are no choices to be made, would you think that God is simply ‘playing’ us like human puppets for His own amusement? God loves us so much that He gives us the choice, the free will to do things voluntarily; to be united with Him voluntarily.
“Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.” // Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
The same thing goes on in our daily lives. Everyday we are faced with temptations that, most of the time, lured us into going the wrong direction and falling into sin. No, God did not create the temptations, but He allowed them. And many times, we feed our own flesh desire and fall into the temptations. Judah Smith puts it this way, “The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God.” When we sin, we place ourselves on top of God in terms of who is in control of our lives. We substitute His role as our Lord, Saviour, Master, you name it, with our own selfish self.
But this is the good news:
“but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” // Romans 5:8 ESV
God is just. And when we sin, justice needs to be served. So this is what He did. He did the exact opposite of the essence of sin. The essence of sin is, again, man substituting himself for God. And so God loves us so much that He substitute Himself for all mankind. Wow. While we were still sinners, while we were still enemies of God, while we were ungodly, He died for us. He loved us still. If love is measured by how much it costs the giver and how much the recipient deserve, God’s love for us is beyond infinity. How much does it costs Him? Himself. How much do we deserve His love? Nothing. It is love like never seen before. It is love that is unnatural. He died even for the people who would never acknowledge Him; He died even for the people who would mock Him. His love for us is just unimaginable.
When we are faced with ‘the tree of knowledge of good and evil’ in our daily lives, know that there is a choice to make. A choice to reconcile with God or to turn back on Him. Choose not because you are afraid of the consequences but choose because you believe that Jesus is better. There will always be a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13), a way to get through it because you are not alone. You cannot, but He can. Know that you are loved with a perfect love by the greatest Lover ever.
He loves you still,
/Apologies for not posting since the New Year. I’ve been too caught up with school workload. I’ll try to post more regularly. If you have any suggestions on a blogpost topic, by all means, write it down in the comment below, or tweet me @kimberlysubi.
//Pardon my bad drawing. Really. I cannot draw.