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The two rules

12 September 2023 ‘From any tree of the garden you may freely eat.’ Genesis 2:16 NASB

Adam had the perfect job, perfect home, perfect companion, and the perfect environment; all the things we strive for. And it came about as a result of his relationship with God! God basically gave him two rules to live by: ‘From any tree of the garden you may freely eat; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for on the day that you eat from it you will certainly die’ (vv. 16-17 NASB). So, the two rules are these: 1) With God, what you get back is always greater than what you give up. ‘From any tree of the garden you may freely eat.’ Adam was allowed the fruit of every tree, with only one single exception. But what we so often do – and what legalistic religion does – is look at that verse, and others like it, and focus on what we can’t do. The truth is, when our list of can’t dos is longer than our list of what we’re free to do, we’ve gone far beyond what the Scriptures intended. The Christian life should be measured by what we’re free to enjoy, not by what we’re denied. 2) When you live your life according to God’s Word instead of your own impulses, you’re blessed. ‘Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to…keep all my commands…so that it might go well with them’ (Deuteronomy 5:29 NIV). The only thing God denies us is the right to determine for ourselves what’s ‘good or evil’, because He knows we’re not qualified to do it. We must live by divine revelation rather than human ideas. In His love and wisdom, God set this limitation in place to protect and bless us.

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