God created everything by a series of separations with clearly defined boundaries: light and darkness, waters above and waters below, land and sea, night and day, creatures according to their kind, a day separated from the others, a woman separated from a man, and a tree set apart from the others.
Read Genesis 1:4-6, Genesis 1:7, Genesis 1:14, Genesis 1:18, Genesis 1:21, Genesis 1:24, Genesis 1:25. Why is it important that clearly defined boundaries are outlined even before the creation of human beings?
As well as God forming man, beast, and bird from the ground (Gen. 2:7-19) , He also caused beautiful trees with delicious fruit to “spring up” from the ground (Gen. 8:17 ESV) . God also chose a special piece of land in which He planted a garden. We can only try to imagine its beauty; the wonderful gardens we see today surely are a bare reflection of what Eden must have been like. In the middle of this specially planted garden in Eden (separated out from the rest of the world) there were two unique trees-the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Fruit from the second tree was not to be eaten, or there would be severe consequences (Gen. 2:17.
Read Genesis 2:15-17. How is the idea of separation revealed here, in this test of their obedience to God?
The division is clear and concrete: eat from all the other trees, but not from this distinct one, which was separate from the others. There was nothing ambiguous about God’s words. Adam and Eve were created as moral beings, and morality cannot exist without freedom. Here was a test to see what they would do with that freedom. “The tree of knowledge had been made a test of their obedience and their love to God. The Lord had seen fit to lay upon them but one prohibition as to the use of all that was in the garden; but if they should disregard His will in this particular, they would incur the guilt of transgression.”-Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 53.
What are some things in your life that you definitely need to separate yourself from?