Why Did God Forbid One Tree in Eden?
Of the many trees in the Garden, God banned Adam and Eve from eating from one — just one (Genesis 2:16–17, 3:1–3, 11). Why?
John Piper recently gave the question some fresh thinking, which he shares in today’s episode of Ask Pastor John:
The function of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is to make sure that the pleasures of all the other trees in the garden are supremely pleasures in God.
The command went like this: “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).
So what was God saying in prohibiting the eating of one tree out of a million trees? He was saying, “I have…