So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Throughout the Bible we see that when people begin to determine what is right and what is wrong — “doing what is right in their own eyes” — trouble ensues. That is what Eve did; she determined that the forbidden tree was pleasant to look at, good for food and a source of wisdom.
So from the beginning, we see that mankind’s lust for knowledge can position us to be deceived. Furthermore, this quest for knowledge can also complicate the simplicity of obedience because the need to know mandates that one’s intellectual curiosity be satisfied. Paul warned those in Corinth of such a scenario when he said:
“I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Messiah.” (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Obviously, there is nothing inherently evil about obtaining knowledge. But let’s not get so wrapped up in learning that we are “never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7).
Blessings and Shalom,