God’s Command to Man—A Commentary on Genesis 2:16–17
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.
Thoughts on Today’s Verse…
God directly told man what he can do and what he cannot do. From these simple words God shows His love and concern for us humans, as parents do for their sons and daughters. God has had a responsibility toward man since He created him. He hopes man can obey His words, happily live under His care and protection and walk with Him.
God says, “You can say that this is the first command God gave man since creating him. What does this command carry? It carries, but it also carries His worries for mankind. This is God’s first command, and it is also the first time God worries about man. That is to say, God has had a responsibility toward man since the moment He created him. What is His responsibility? He has to protect man, to look after man. He hopes man can trust and obey His words. This is also God’s first expectation of man. It is with this expectation that God says the following: ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die.’ These simple words represent God’s will. They also reveal that God’s heart has already begun to show concern for man. Among all things, only Adam was made in God’s image; Adam was the only living thing with God’s breath of life; he could walk with God, converse with God. That is why God gave him such a command. God made it very plain in this command what man can do, as well as what he cannot do.”
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