Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Monday, April 8, 2019

Theme: THE POWER OF KNOWLEDGE

Text: “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” – Genesis 2:16,17

Comment: When God created the couple, Adam and his wife, Eve, He placed them in the Garden of Eden and gave them liberty to eat of every tree in the garden save that special tree known as the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil’.  The LORD God warned them that should they flout His order, the penalty for such infringement would be death, (Genesis 3:3) The “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” was not just a test of man’s obedience but was also indicative of the freedom God has given to man to make moral choices. God instructed Moses to tell the natural Jews, thus: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live”. – Deuteronomy 30:19.

The LORD God Almighty, having given man His attributes of wisdom, power, justice and love, expects man to be able to know what is right from what is wrong.  In the words of Apostle Paul, human beings already have the knowledge of God “written in their hearts” and therefore they are without excuse. (Romans 2:15, 1:20)  Some people who know what to do lack the courage to follow their conscience because of personal advantage, fear of man and human frailty.  Let us choose life by being obedient to God and His servants so as to live forever by His grace. – Deuteronomy 30:15.

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