Sunday, April 5, 2009
Eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
6 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6)
This particular phrase appears many times throughout the Book of Judges. It is the outworking of the original rejection of the sovereignty of God, when Adam ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, seeking to know experientially for himself what is good and evil, without reference to the Law of God.
The spirit that characterised the age of the Judges, is the same spirit that characterises our own age, and tragically, it is a spirit that pervades much of the modern Church. In the name of freedom, many manifestations of the church revel in licence, "everyone doing what is right in his own eyes."
The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the judgements of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple; the commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening the eyes. More to be desired are they than gold, yes, more than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than the honey and the honey comb.