In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
“Location, location, location.” That’s supposed to be one of the famous keys to business success. (That, and, “Buy low, sell high.”) But to understand this account in Genesis 3 we need to pay attention to location, location, location. To start, where was the man when the serpent came? Genesis 3:6 tells us. He was right beside the woman! Yet where was the woman when God said “You may eat of any of the trees of the Garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”? (Genesis 2:16-17) You see, knowledge is both good and bad. Up to this point all knowledge they had was good, for everything was good. (Genesis 1:31) Even today the Law of God is good and wise (Romans 7:12; Psalm 19:7-8) but it does not give you life. Eating of knowledge, education, can be good, and also evil. But no matter how much good knowledge you accumulate it does not give life. (Galatians 2:15-16; 3:10-11) Only eating of the tree of life gives life. (Genesis 3:22)