Why did God put a tree in Adam’s reach and then tell the man not to eat of it?

Genesis 2:8-9 There were two very unique trees planted in the middle of the Garden of Eden. (Verse 7) The first is the tree of life and the second is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The name of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil implies that evil had already occurred on earth, possibly with the fall of Lucifer and his angels.

Some Bible scholars suggest Adam and Eve ate of the tree of life daily, and that’s the reason they may have lived for a long time. This tree of life later appears in Revelation 22:2

Genesis 2:10-14 The great river Tigris is also mentioned in Daniel 10:4.

Genesis 2:15-17

Man was put into the Garden of Eden to dress it and keep it. (Verse 15) That was man’s first job. He was to keep, guard and protect the garden from all intruders.

God taught Adam the difference between right and wrong, setting the boundary. God said you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God established the first and only law.

Why did God put a tree in Adam’s reach and then tell him he couldn’t eat of it?

Why did God put the tree in the garden and then tell Adam not to eat from it? God created Adam with a free will. Adam could chose to either eat or not eat of the tree. Without the choice Adam would have become a prisoner and his obedience would not have been genuine. By obeying God and not eating of the fruit, his obedience was sincere. The tree was given to show for all time that man was given a free will. He can chose to obey God or not.

Genesis 2:18 The word helpmate means a suitable companion or a counterpart, who was Adam’s equal physically, morally and intellectually.

Genesis 2:19-20

God gave the first man Adam the job of naming all of the animals. There were probably thousands of different animals and their different species. After Adam saw all the animals and named them, it was apparent that he needed his own partner, a human companion.

“There was no suitable helper for the man.” (Verse 20)  The Lord said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” (Verse 18)

Genesis 2:21-23

God did not make Eve from the ground as He had made Adam. God made her from Adam’s flesh and bone. Some Bible commentators suggest maybe God used Adam’s flesh to make the female softer, a gentler version of man. It also illustrates that in marriage a man and woman symbolically become one flesh.

It is suggested that woman was not taken out of man’s head to be lorded over by the man, nor from his feet to be trampled on by the man but from his side to be an equal with the man, from under his arm to be protected by him and from near his heart to be loved by him.

The word woman comes from the Hebrew word “Ish shah” which means a “she man or a female man” or more accurately a “man with a womb – Womb-Man.”

God created the woman to be a companion and helpmate to the man for their mutual happiness as a couple together.

Hebrew scholars suggest Adam enthusiastically, lovingly, tenderly and with great thanksgiving welcomed Eve. For he said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman for she was taken out of man.” (Verse 23) This proclamation by Adam was one of joyous astonishment and pleasure. Some translations say, “At last I have someone who is my true companion. This is a partner to share my life and work and hopes and dreams. This is someone to take away my loneliness and be as dear to me as my own flesh. She is perfect for me.”

The Bible clearly teaches there was equality between man and woman, the first husband and wife. “In the image of God, male and female, God created them. God blessed them. Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground (Genesis1:27-28)

Genesis 2:24-25 Adam and Eve were different physically in order to complement and complete each other.

The Hebrew word for helper is the same word used in Psalm 46:1 when it describes God as being our strength, and ever present helper.

The first man and woman were emotionally, psychologically and physically committed to each other. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife.” (Verse 24)

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David defeats the Philistines

2 Samuel chapter 5

17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 19 so David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”

In 1 Samuel 23:1 David inquired of the Lord.

And in 2 Samuel 2:1 David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah.”


The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”

20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim. 21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.

22 Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 23 so David inquired of the Lord, and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. 24 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” 25 So David did as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

Here again in verse 23 David inquired of the Lord. And this time God gave David a specific plan of attack with the Lord’s help.

Every time I read this it inspires me all over again that I should seek God’s will in every situation, both the little decisions and the big ones.

When I consciously remember to do this in every decision, there are more blessings and I am more aware of God’s direction in my daily life.

Everything is just better for me. I’m even laying hands on my computer now and asking God to anoint my words and help me write what He wants me to write. And asking Him if He wanted me to write THIS OR THAT.

God gave David the victory and He will do the same for us.



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Why did God establish a day of rest after six days when Adam did not know work like we have it?

Genesis 2:1-3

God ended his work on the sixth day and rested the seventh day. God was not tired and He did not need to rest. He established this pattern of work and rest for us and set us an example to live by.

Why did God give Adam this example to work and rest? In Genesis 1:28 God told Adam to rule over the fish in the sea, birds of the sky, and every living creature that moved on the earth. Adam’s job was to take charge of this beautiful new place. Adam had chores to do every day.

God gave each of us a desire to work. It may not be physical labor but mental. It is anything that we are doing, something we do even if we don’t punch a time clock or are retired.

“If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” Even after retirement people often keep doing something. It may be volunteer work, gardening, watching grandchildren or delivering food to shut-ins. Studies show that people who have no objective, no job, and no daily routine of things to do, they lose their drive and energy and even their health. After retirement, individuals, who have no hobbies or chores, soon have no reason to get out of bed.

The ideal job is one that brings satisfaction. God created us so we feel joy when we complete a job.  Adam enjoyed being in charge of the creation.

Studies show that people perform better after resting one day in seven. Studies also show that even work animals function better during the rest of the week after one day of resting.

And dedicating one day of every week to focus on God will strengthen us spiritually and make us physically stronger.

Genesis 2:4-6

God prepared the Garden of Eden as the home for the first family. God made a wonderful paradise for them. There was no rain on the earth and it was not needed for God caused a mist from the earth to water the whole ground. I imagine this as an underground supernatural sprinkler system that sprung out of the ground.

Genesis 2:7 Imagine God shaping the physical characteristics of man with His own hands. This word dust in verse 7 does not mean dirt. This word dust means the microscopic elements like carbon, nitrogen, calcium, iron, zinc and other chemicals that make up human beings.

God uniquely created the man different from the animals. When God breathed life through man’s nostrils He breathed the breath of life into the first man making mankind sacred by giving man a spirit and a soul. God specifically imparted this breath to the first man to create him above the animals and higher than the animals.

Man was created in God’s image with an ability to have a personal relationship with God Almighty. God created all mankind equal no matter the color of the skin, the slant of the eyes or the different hair types. All were created to fellowship and maintain a relationship with the Lord God, but we must want that relationship. We must believe in Jesus and repent of our sins.

The Lord God uniquely created each one of us. No one is an accident. The Lord creates each one of us at the moment of our conception. Job 12:10 says “In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” Psalms 139:13 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” Each individual is a one of a kind creation of God with a distinctive DNA, an exclusive set of fingerprints and matchless personality. No one is an accident. No one was unplanned by God Almighty.

When God removes His life-giving breath from us, our bodies go back to dust.

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