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The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

We are now going to learn about the relationship of Adam to God in what is called the Covenant of Life. But first we must see why man was placed in the garden. He was to tend and care for the plants to the glory of God so that the garden might be kept useful and beautiful. God explained to Adam as our representative what was required of him and the place of the two special trees in the garden in connection with Adam's relationship to his God. What was required of Adam was obedience to his Creator. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil would test whether Adam would obey God or not. He was told that he could freely eat of the other trees in the garden but that he must not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

2. The Tree of Life

In connection with Adam's obedience there was a promise and in the event of disobedience a penalty. If Adam obeyed God he would live, not merely in the same way, but would be made to live in such a way as to be beyond any pain or death forever. If Adam did not obey God then he would face the penalty of death. He would be separated from the source of life, he would lose his friendship with God, his body would begin to weaken and he would face in the end total separation from God. The tree of life was a sign to Adam. The fruit would not work in some magical way to keep him alive, but stood as a reminder to him that God promised eternal life in return for perfect obedience. Two things were to be remembered by Adam: to disobey God would bring everlasting death and to obey would bring life.

3. Activities


'The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord'. (Romans 6.23)


Relationship, representative, special, penalty, magical, eternal, perfect, reminder.


1. What would be another suitable title for this lesson?

2. Why was Adam put in the garden?

3. What did God require from Adam?

4. Which two special trees were in the garden?

5. What would happen to Adam if he ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?

6. What was the promise of the covenant of works?

7. What was the penalty of the covenant of works?

8. What was the sign in the garden that God would give eternal life in return for obedience?


1. Give the correct name to each of the common trees that you can find in your local park.

2. Draw the shapes of some common trees. Collect and press leaves for each one and attach them to the shapes you have drawn giving each one the correct name.

3. Read the ten commandments and using them as a guide write out a list of things that we ought to do in obedience to God.


Romans 5.12-21

Answer these questions from your reading.

1. Who was the one man through whom sin entered into the world?

2. What was the result of Adam's sin for his children, including ourselves? (verses 12 and 14)

3. How can we escape from the penalty of death which we all deserve? (verse 15)

4. Who is the one man through whom we can have life? (verses 15, 17)


We read in Genesis 2.15 that 'the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it'. Man was put on the earth to work for the glory of God. Since those early days in Eden many different employments have come into being. You will be able to find books to read about fishermen, farmers, miners, builders, sailors, airmen, shopkeepers, nurses, policemen and many more. Prepare a table like the one below and complete the details for jobs which you have read about.

                                EMPLOYMENT CHART


Place of Work

Dress for Work

Equipment Used

Special Talents Needed














Psalm 104.20-24 (Common Metre)

Thou darkness mak'st, 'tis night, then beasts

    of forests creep abroad.

The lions young roar for their prey,

    and seek their meat from God.

The sun doth rise, and home they flock,

    down in their dens they lie.

Man goes to work, his labour he

    doth to the evening ply.

How manifold, Lord, are thy works!

    in wisdom wonderful

Thou ev'ry one of them hast made;

    earth's of thy riches full.