“but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' ”
Where did Eve get the idea that "nor shall you touch it" was what God had said?
Clearly Adam must have conveyed this to her.
So, what if the picture above actually carries in it an element of truth, in that, the serpent is "touching" the tree, with no ill effects.
"Nor shall you touch it" is a glowing example of inferior good.
If Eve did not "touch" the tree then she could never eat of the tree; if she did not eat of the tree then death could not steal her away from Adam. Bottom line, Adam did not want to be left alone again so his insurance policy was to add on "nor shall you touch it" to what God had actually said.
In essence, inferior good is adding my carnal wisdom to what God has actually said; all the while believing it is a good thing that I have done.
As we progress through this Year 5779 we will do well to review our definition of what is "good" whilst looking through the lens of Revelation 22:18:
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;