I love these three verses that show us a relationship that calls for trust, obedience, respect, self-discipline, honor, as well as love, and how if we do not display and live by such a standard, how it opens up oppurtunity for curiousity to set in, which we all know (killed the cat).
I am reading over and over the last 10 words of verse 17, and I'm thinking, why would God say, ' If you eat its (another translation says "of its") fruit, you are sure (another translation says 'surely') to die.'
This is the first thing that comes to me. In life if we take anything that doesn't belong to us, what is the end result? We will get in trouble, reprimanded, possibly arrested, and imprisoned. At times depending what we take, and it's [worth] or what such an item contains, it could lead to someone taking our lives.
Now on the other hand, when it comes to curiousity, it can indeed lead us to do quite foolish things, that will have us so deep in a bad situation, that our curiousity could [consume] us, which in this world, too much consumption of anything, can lead to death.
When we look at the "Tree of the knowledge of good and evil," we should associate it with what will lead us into a positive progression in our lives, and the lives of our families, or a negative progression that will disrupt and destroy our lives, and the lives of our loved ones.
-Simply put, what's not ours is not ours and we should all respect that.
Whether it's a person, place, or thing, if it doesn't belong to you, pretend it doesn't even exist to you *Food for thought*
God bless you all,