Hunger for Knowledge

Genesis 3:1-6

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

There was a reason that God did not want for Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of knowledge. Why do we think this is? Satan gave Eve a reason why. According to him, God didn’t want them to be as smart as him. We still are being told this, and we tend to believe this on a subconscious level. We hunger for more knowledge about our future, what others think about us, why things happen the way that they happen. We erroneously feel like knowledge is the key to becoming greater and getting ahead. We might seek more knowledge by going to prophets, tarot card readers, fortune tellers, teachers, counselors, books. The pursuit of knowledge is not harmful in that it can be beneficial to have knowledge. The problem with the pursuit of knowledge is that it tends to attempt to supersede God’s place in our life. It is as if attaining knowledge was Eve’s attempt to become like God. In essence, Eve and Adam chose to seek the knowledge because they didn’t trust God, and they were acting like Satan in trying to establish a throne above God. At least a throne that was equal to God. So knowledge they received, however they made knowledge their replacement to having God in their life. Instead of yielding to God’s control and trusting him to be God, who after all is the creator that created them, they instead relied on knowledge which drove them to the wasteland. Knowledge is the enemy here. If knowledge were not the enemy, then Satan would not talked Eve into pursuing it. Satan showed God that his creatures who were made to be like him, were more like the serpent instead. He was rubbing God’s nose in it saying, God, even those you created would rather have knowledge then to serve you. Knowledge is not what we need after all. What we really need is God’s Lordship. We instead need him to provide for us, and walk naked and unashamed as the creator of the world cares for us. It is too late for us now in that we have been given knowledge, however it is not too late to yield our will to the creator in heaven and trust that he knows enough for the both of us. We don’t have to know. We simply have to trust and obey.

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