In the Bible, it doesn’t take long before trouble begins to brew.
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
God was direct and clear when he warned Adam and Eve not to touch that tree. We don’t know how long it was before the warning and when the serpent tempted Eve. In the Bible, it’s only the next chapter. Adam and Eve had major trouble following directions. Unfortunately, all of humanity has been following their lead from the beginning.
In the garden, the first couple knew nothing of death. Did they understand what death would do to them? Did they realize it would be a slow, laborious death instead of an instant expiration? We don’t know. However, an instant death was not meant to be. If they died immediately, they would be with God immediately. That wouldn’t have been much of a punishment, would it?
The death they would experience was to be disconnected with God while they wasted away on Earth for hundreds of years. They could no longer commune with God like they did in the garden. They would become the living dead, and drag all of humanity with them. They would be stuck with the memory of what it was like before they made that choice. They would feel dead inside, though they were very much alive. They would witness the sin and death of their own children. Did they realize that? Who knows!
All I know is I wish I could have been there to shout, “Listen to God! You want to LIVE, not be a zombie!”