Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
June 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM
“How It All Got Started”, Msg. 6

Over our lifetime, the phrase, “Do Not” has become a daily communication. Because it is so common, it no longer has a major impact: Do not disturb. Do not enter. Do not trespass. Do not talk. Do not swim. Do not resuscitate. Do not eat.

We’ve learned that man is the only being that God personally touched (on the sixth day). God breathed the breath of life into him and, through encouragement, put him into the eastern portion of the garden in Eden.

God did not consult with Adam as to what to plant in the garden because everything God planted was good, and good for Adam. The tree of life, in the midst of the garden, was symbolic as a sign and seal of immortal life. It was an object of daily observation. As long as Adam was obedient, the tree was a sign of life and happiness. God had given it fruit for the support of nature and long life. It was easily accessible for Adam. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was also in the garden. Its fruit had no power to grant useful knowledge.

God would put Adam to the test. By eating from this tree, he would know the good that he had just lost because of his disobedience. Nevertheless, man might know moral good and evil. Good was not to eat of the tree. Evil was to eat of the tree. In these two trees, God set good and evil before Adam.

The Lord, God, instructed Adam; whom He gave dominion and authority. He gave Adam free will. And He gave him a job to till and keep the garden. God had power and authority over Adam. He had the right to command Adam especially since He was creator, benefactor and preserver. God put Adam on probation so that man would know there is a sovereign Lord to whom he owed obedience. God gave Adam unlimited freedom. He said Adam could eat from every tree in the garden. Adam could eat all he wanted when he wanted, but he was not to eat of the tree of knowledge.

Man’s physical and intellectual power were to be exercised. His morality was being tested. God said that Adam would die if he ate from the tree. His natural and spiritual lives would one day end. Eating from the tree of knowledge would cause Adam to forfeit eternal life and happiness. This separation from God came because of disobedience.

It seems that when you tell someone not to do something, they become more motivated to do it anyway. We like to be in control of our lives. This is reactance where our brain wants to ensure that we do what we want to do with our lives. We are inquisitive; yet God said we should not eat because:

- I made you in my image;
- I breathed my breath into your body;
- You became a living soul;
- I planted a garden in Eden especially for you; paradise, wonderland, your permanent home;
- I placed every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food;
- In particular, in the midst of your garden and nearby, I planted two special trees: one for sustenance and beauty; the other one, in an approximate distance is called the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Allow me to remind you that going against the will of God is sin. God will not put us in a trick bag. But He will test us; and there is a big difference between a trick and a test. God needs to know where we stand when it comes to our place of allegiance in His life.

The Bible says God put Abraham to the test in Genesis 22 regarding his chosen son, Isaac. God wanted to know if Abraham loved “that boy” more than he loved the Lord. In Psalm 105:17-19, the Lord tested Joseph allowing him to be sold into slavery until Word came to pass.

Did Adam pass or fail the “Do Not” test? The story does not end here today. We’ll have to wait to see what happened when Eve came on the scene. Until then, yield not unto temptation.”