Man’s one prohibition.
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”
Out of all of the trees that were in the garden “trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food” (Gen 2:9), they were commanded not to eat of this one tree. This was a simple test of obedience. Jerry Bridges says it like this, “An easier test of Adam and Eve is difficult to imagine. Abstention from the forbidden fruit involved no hardship, no inconvenience, just simple obedience.” [i]
• The disastrous choice
Mankind would forever loose what he had known his whole existence, intimacy with God. William W. Menzies and Stanley M. Horton[ii] speak to this in the book Bible Doctrines a Pentecostal Perspective. By saying, “In the beginning Adam and Eve were created with real holiness of heart, not mere innocence. They had a genuine inclination toward God and wanted to walk and talk with him. With the fall, this inclination toward God was ruined, becoming a strong disinclination instead.”
The sin of Adam and Eve did not just affect them. It reaches to all of the generations that came after them. The curse that was pronounced upon them and the ground on which they lived was passed down from them to us.
The curse involves pain in childbirth, pain and toil in work, lack of abundance from the ground, alienation, and death. Mankind was driven out of the garden, cut off from the blessing of fellowship with God. Man’s tendency toward God became aversion instead.
This violation changed everything forever. As a result, mankind is born into this sinful condition. Mankind’s condition is one of total depravity.