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Know Good and Evil or an Apple? Cause for Expulsion

Knowing good and evil or eating a forbidden fruit. What was the real cause for Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden?

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil leads to sure Death. The Tree of Life leads to Eternal Life.
The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil leads to sure Death. The Tree of Life leads to Eternal Life.

Genesis 3:22–23

22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know (H3045) good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.

1. Humans became gods


יָדַע yâdaʻ yaw-dah’; a primitive root; to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.):

KJV — acknowledge, acquaintance(-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, (un-) awares, can(-not), certainly, comprehend, consider, ⨯ could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be (ig-) norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have (knowledge), (be, make, make to be, make self) known, + be learned, + lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, ⨯ prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have (understanding), ⨯ will be, wist, wit, wot.

Romans 2:14

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Continuous eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

  1. The moral system must begin by defining the most critical morals. WHO defines?
  2. What is the basis for beginning to define morals?
  1. HUMANS define the system… in place of God
  2. Interestingly, the vocabulary used “differentiate between what is good and what is bad” is very similar to “knowing good and evil.” The second answer is the basis for morals is HUMAN interpretation, feeling, observation, science, philosophy, and even religion in place of God’s Word.

Sam’s Reflections

The phrase, “the man (humans, every single human being since and including Adam and Eve) is become as one of us, to know good and evil,” is important from another perspective. It demonstrates, “God made man (humans) in His image and likeness.” The primary point of likeness is humans can know,

Do a little exercise, substitute some of the KJV translations for know in place of know in the phrase “humans can know.” For instance, humans can discern, humans can discover, humans can understand, etc.

Notice the translations kinsfolk and kinsmen. This means of the same genealogical lineage, Our lineage is God, NOT animals. As God knows, so humans know. No animal, as intelligent as it might be, can discover how to go to the moon, how to transform Earth’s resources into the myriad products we possess. Yes, animals discover and transform, but there’s no comparison with humans.

When science tries to show you how intelligent animals are, to show that we’re of the same lineage, remember the gulf that separates us. And that gulf is the neshama that God breathed into the first man in Genesis 2:7. ONLY God and humans possess neshama. Animals have ruach alone, which gives them capabilities and their incredible individual characteristics. BUT, and this is vital, animals can NOT KNOW good and evil. Only humans can, and that the bottom line.

The modern name for establishing the rules for good and bad is Humanism.

2. Humans barred from the Tree of Life

The Take-Away from Genesis 3:22

A wise man once said, Teach you me, what I do not know.

  1. Inventory of the Universe
  2. Audit of the Universe
  3. Audit of Humankind
  4. Origin of the Universe (Commentary on Genesis 1)
  5. Origin of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 1:26–2:7)
  6. Origin of Woman (Commentary on Genesis 2:8–25)
  7. Agony of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 3)



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Sam Kneller

Biblical Hebrew is my passion, the basis of my writing. I ministered & reside in Paris, FR. My books reveal the Bible is a 21st C. handbook.