The Taste of Sin
“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings” (Genesis 3.7 NKJV).
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is symbolic of our free will to eat of fruit which embodies the absence of God. God is the Tree of Life. We taste of Him and find life. We find God in our prayers, the Bible and the Holy Spirit which dwells among us in this imperfect world corrupted by sin. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil only offers us death. The more we eat of its fruit, the further into a pit of darkness we fall. When Adam and Eve used their free-will to defy God’s loving command to stay away from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, they opened their eyes and saw their nakedness, their shame. Today, every time we defy God’s loving commands, we take bites into this tree, and we expose our Spirits to shame. Thankfully, though, Jesus took our shame – past, present and future – and we are forever made clean if we have accepted His gift of salvation. However, our minds, hearts and souls are subjected to the knowledge of sin we have freely consumed. But if we determine ourselves to continue eating from the Tree of Life, the effects of our sin-knowledge will dwindle and lose potency.
“I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!” (Psalm 119.8 NLT).