The L ord God gave the man a command. He said, “You can eat fruit from any tree in the garden. But you must not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” —Genesis 2:16–17 Day 12 God told Adam and Eve not to eat from one tree in the garden. 18 God wants what is best for us. He wants to protect us from things that could be bad for us. Whenever God tells us not to do something, it is for a good reason. Thank you, God, for protecting me.