Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’“ 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves. (Genesis 3:1-7, NRSV)
The serpent was crafty and wise and knew that the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil wouldn’t actually kill them if they ate it. But in a sense it did kill them, didn’t it?
I mean they were removed from the garden because of that and the woman’s pain increased during childbirth and the man had to labor more against weeds to get food. And they were no longer able to walk the paths of the garden with God. So it was like dying.
And why that one tree? Why not 2 trees? Because if you finish off chapter 3 of Genesis you see that Adam and Eve are removed from the garden so they can’t eat from the tree of eternal life. Not because they disobeyed, but so they wouldn’t become exactly like God, because now they knew the difference between good and evil so we can not let them live forever.
Why was there only 1 forbidden fruit and why do we think it was an apple?