GOD told the man and woman that it was their job to take care of their new home.
He also told them that two special trees grew in the garden.
One was the Tree of Life.
The other was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
GOD told them, "You may eat the fruit that grows on all the trees except for one. You mustn't touch the fruit that grows on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. If you eat the fruit that grows on that tree you will die."
God did not mean that Adam and Eve would drop down dead the moment they ate the fruit from the forbidden tree. He meant that in time they would die without His Spirit dwelling in them. It is only through faith in Jesus and the gift of God's Spirit that we are able to live forever in His Kingdom.
Remember we learned in a past story that Satan had tried to take away God's power and authority. But God had overcome Satan and cast him and his evil followers down to the earth.
Satan now believed the earth belonged to him. He watched God clean up the mess his wickness had caused. He watched God create life on the earth. And Satan watched God create a man and a woman after God's own image and likeness. Satan knew that if the man and woman ate from the Tree of Life, they would someday be born into the God Family. Satan didn't want God's Family to grow. He wanted to get back at God and keep the earth for himself.
"Has GOD told you that you can eat the fruit from all the trees?" he asked, trying to trick the woman, for Satan knew that GOD had told Adam and Eve that there was one tree they weren't allowed to touch.
"GOD has told us we can eat all the fruit except for what grows on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil," Eve told the serpent. "If we eat the fruit that grows on that tree, we'll die."
"You won't die," Satan lied. "GOD knows that if you eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil you'll become like GOD and able to chose for yourself what is right and what is wrong."
The woman looked at the fruit and thought how beautiful it was.
She thought how wonderful it would be to be as wise and powerful as GOD.
She believed Satan's lie and took the fruit and ate it.
Then she gave some to Adam who also ate it.
This was a sin because they had done what GOD told them not to do.
As soon as they ate the fruit a change came over Adam and Eve. They became unhappy and fearful of GOD.
Adam and Eve tried to hide, but no one can hide from GOD.
When GOD asked Adam and Eve if they had eaten from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that He had told them not to touch they blamed each other for their sins.