2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden 3 But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die
God had created man, placed him in the garden and given him his first task….he was a gardener. He also gives him his first responsibility.
15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
For the first time in creation, God saw that something wasn’t good…..man was alone. So He creates a helper for him and we see the institution of marriage, man and woman coming together as one.
In 3:2 we see an unsurprised Eve having a conversation with the serpent about what God had said about the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That was her first mistake. Her second mistake is adding to the Word of God.
5 Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
But the real question is where Adam was?
Was he just too busy with work and responsibilities that he didn’t have time to teach Eve the truth?
“Don’t eat from that tree….don’t even touch it or you will die!”
Are we too busy “working” in ministry, our jobs, or our own personal interests to sit down with our flock, or our family and teach the Word?
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD 5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. 8 And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.
Or was he trying so hard to protect her while he was away that he added this little command so she wouldn’t mess up while he was away?
Either way, one of them added to the Word of God, and that was the beginning of legalism for them, which always leads to bondage, bitterness, and backsliding.
Just remember that we, as parents, pastors, or teachers are the last defense for those whom we have been given charge over. Sit down with those kids, that flock, that family member and take the time to teach what God said and why He said it and it won’t come back in vain.
You might not see it immediately, it might not seem to work out quickly, but it will pay off eventually