I was reading Genesis 3:22 and remembered wondering in the past why the Most High would look down on such a thing as having knowledge. Check it out:
And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
Then it had dawned on me… According to Acts 17:22-31, He put us here to seek and find Him; to know Him! He is good. So there was no need for them to know evil. Adam and Eve knew all God needed them to know to be safe and cool. Again, they already knew Him – the Creator and Source of all things!
Genesis 3:22 reminds me of how, as parents, we desire to protect our children from “grown topics” and evil—to protect them from things that are out of their league; things they can’t properly digest, utilize and control. We want them to learn through us, not from other sources that can mislead them. But this is what Adam and Eve did. They moved outside the Source to get “higher” knowledge and we see how that ended up. Sadly, sometimes when we learn of evil, we produce evil.
I’ve truly seen how knowledge can in fact “puff up” (1 Cor 8:1) and how too much study can “weary the body” (Ecc 12:11-12), and cause “sorrow” (Ecc 1:18). He knew knowledge of evil would begin to divide us from both Him and each other. We immediately saw this in Genesis. Adam and Eve were blaming God, each other and Satan and immediately divided themselves from the Most High and each other. Could you imagine Adam and Eve and their descendants continuing in this nonsense forever?
The Lord must have said, “No sir! I’ma have to give them an expiration date and a new Spirit because they can’t come to me full of this nonsense!” I laugh at the thought! Praise God, He gave our foolishness and sin an expiration date and didn’t allow them to eat from the Tree of Life. Knowing both good and evil did people a great disservice. Satan’s plight was to certainly disconnect the children of God from their Father like a predator, but thankfully, the Father had a plan of redemption for us through His Son, Jesus. Because of Jesus, we have now gained a “knowing of love that surpasses knowledge” (Eph 3:19). May we be taught all things through the Spirit.