However, some types of wisdom belong solely to God, which people should not seek to attain. Ultimately, a full understanding of the Lord, the universe, and humanity’s role remains beyond our comprehension (Job 38:1–7).
To pursue such wisdom without dependence upon God asserts human autonomy, neglecting the fear of the Lord which is the beginning of knowledge (Prov 1:7).
In effect, sin consists of seeking to determine morality apart from the Lord. Therefore, God forbade humanity from eating of “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
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Read Gen 2:16–17. Why do you think God placed the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the middle of Eden and declared it off limits? What made it necessary for God to give Adam the warning not to eat from that tree immediately after placing him in the garden? How does arrogance affect our relationship with God and with other people?
[Related posts include A Well-Watered Garden (Gen 2:8–14); A World-Altering Conversation (Gen 3:2–5); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); Their Eyes Are Opened (Gen 3:7); In Adam’s Likeness and Image (Gen 5:3–5); and God Establishes a Covenant (Gen 6:18)]
[Click here to go to Chapter 5: A View from the Ground (Genesis 2:4–25)]
 Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 63–64.
 Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis: A Commentary, 87–88.
 Bonhoeffer, Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1–3, 90.
 Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 67.