Why Did God Plant A Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil In the Garden In The First Place?
By Adams Allison
The first and most important reason the tree of knowledge of good and evil was planted in the garden was to establish the principle of freewill.
Since God was asking for obedience, it was needful to create the opportunity for disobedience. If not, it will not be a case of choice but force and that would have contravened freewill. Without choice, there is no freewill, and without freewill (to obey or disobey), there can be no true love. A robot has no freewill and as a result cannot disobey and neither can it love. God didn’t want that from man.
It is an established fact of scripture that it was God who planted this tree of knowledge of good and evil;
“The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
Genesis 2:8-9 NKJV
Did you notice that the Bible actually says that “God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and GOOD FOR FOOD”? And to clear every doubt of what trees are in reference here, the Bible actually makes mention of the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That both are good for food.
God does not plant what He intends to uproot, and He does not uproot what He has planted. Just as the Lord said, “…every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.”
Matthew 15:13 NKJV
If God planted it (and He did), then He wanted man to eat of it. But only when Man is mature enough to handle it.
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to DISCERN BOTH good and evil.
Hebrews 5:14 NKJV
From the above scripture, mature believers are supposed to KNOW BOTH GOOD and EVIL.
May we grow to become skillful in the Word of righteousness and become able to DISCERN BOTH GOOD and EVIL. Amen.