The Forbidden Fruit
Eve found out, to her great sorrow, that God
meant what He said when she and Adam, her husband were forbidden to eat of the
fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Concerning this prohibition, Ellen White
says, “The tide of woe that flowed from the transgression of our first parents
is regarded by many as too awful a consequence for so small a sin, and they
impeach the wisdom and justice of God in His dealings with man. But if they
would look more deeply into this question, they might discern their error. God
created man after His own likeness, free from sin. The earth was to be peopled
with beings only a little lower than the angels; but their obedience must be
tested; for God would not permit the world to be filled with those who would
disregard His law. Yet, in His great mercy, He appointed Adam no severe test.
And the very lightness of the prohibition made the sin exceedingly great.” Patriarchs and Prophets,
But there is forbidden fruit today, and
multitudes are eating it and will be deprived of eating of the tree of life.
This month we will look at just one of these forbidden fruits described in the
Bible. Although it is forbidden, many who call themselves Adventists are eating
of it today. Concerning this fruit we are told that we are not to touch it, or
taste of it, and we are not to finger it (handle it).
Many people have read this strict injunction
in Colossians 2:20 without bothering to check out what it is talking about. It
is described by a pronoun, which means that we must look in previous Scriptures
to discover what it is. Colossians 2:20, 21 says, “If then you died with Christ
from the fundamental principles of the world, why, as living in the world are
you under ordinances—do not touch, do not taste, do not finger.” [Literal translation.] Obviously, what we are not to touch
or taste or even finger, are ordinances.
What are these ordinances? Paul said that
they are handwritten ordinances, which makes it impossible for them to be the
Ten Commandments, because the Ten Commandments were not handwritten, but were
written by the finger of God. Every time God wrote something, as recorded in
the Bible, He wrote with His finger; when man writes, it is handwritten. Paul
said that these ordinances were blotted out and that they were contrary to us
and against us, and that they were taken out of the
midst (removed) and were nailed to the cross. He also states that these
ordinances involved food and drink and feast days and new moons and Sabbaths
which were shadows of things coming. Future editorials will deal more with the
ordinances of the Lord’s house.