Genesis 1.29 from this verse I see that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was not a tree that reproduced on its own. It had no seed in itself. It had no fruit that contained seed. Every seed bearing plant and fruit bearing tree with seed in it was given over for Adam to eat. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil Adam could not eat of. Therefore it was not seed producing. It’s fruit had no seed in it. All other plants had a way to reproduce. When Adam would eat of them the seed would die and then sprout to reproduce; the fruit would give Adam’s physical body sustenance. This principle or law from the very beginning of time was put in place to illustrate the plan of God’s salvation of a world made in his image but in need of redemption. Since He is eternal he knew before His creation that this was to be and therefore from what we know as the beginning of creation (since we are living in a temporal or tangible realm we recognize the passage of time with beginnings and endings), He put into place the seed-must-die-first-before-new-life-is-brought-forth truth in His creation of fruit bearing trees and fruit bearing plants. The physical food that Adam (Adam and Eve still in one physical body) would need for their body was self perpetuating through the seed bearing.
So when God gave Adam the tour of Eden he only pointed out one specific tree whose fruit could not be eaten; the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. He had complete freedom to partake of everything in Eden except that one tree. By implication from verse 1.29 of Genesis this tree does not produce seed. It does not produce fruit with seed in it. If it did then it would have been given over for Adam to eat. God’s instruction was very clear to Adam, “every seed-bearing plant and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.” What an amazing array of food was at Adams disposal! All of it was self perpetuating, it had seed to die and grow and continue to multiply itself as Adam multiplied on the face of the earth, as He ruled and subdued the creation with generational vision and life, he was assured of God’s continued provision of food through plants and trees. They had the ability to reproduce through their own seed.
The TOTKOG&E (tree of the knowledge of good and evil) had no such ability. Get this; if it had been a seed producing tree then it would be on the menu for Adam to eat. He could eat it and it would have the ability to self perpetuate through it’s own seed. But, it was specifically off the menu. From what we know of God’s specific instructions then it was not seed producer. Why is this so important? It had no way to reproduce itself. No seed. No Seed. No seed. God did not want the fruit of TOTKOG&E to be reproduced. That one tree was there as a testament to the free will that Adam had- to worship and follow the One in whose image Adam was created in. There’s a lot in that statement alone that could be said.
The important fact is this; the TOTKOG&E could not produce seed, could not replicate itself by itself, and had no means to multiply. This was Gods intention for this tree. Gen. 1.31- “God saw all He hade made and it was very good.” It was good just as it was. Now I’m am not saying that a tree has the ability to think, but this tree, remember it’s name,” The tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil”, found a way to get seed. Satan, through the serpent, met the tree’s need to reproduce and, at the same time, met his (Satan’s) need to destroy God’s Seed before it could completely reproduce more and more “Images of God” by tricking the Adam into eating the fruit of the TOTKOG&E. It is God who meets any and all of our needs; all that we need is found in Him. Satan desired to “be like God”. He used the need that the tree had to reproduce itself (the knowledge of good and evil always has a need to reproduce itself) and combined it with a suggested need that Adam could be like God (this was Satan’s desire, not Adam’s) and placed doubt in Adam’s heart to separate him from God. (Most always doubt is the seed that sprouts into sin in our lives.)
Satan used the seed of Adam to begin the reproduction process of the TOTKOG&E. God’s made-in-His-image creation was tainted with the seedless fruit of the TOTKOG&E. Eden was bathed in God’s presence before this happened. But now, from within His very creation, death had been placed upon Adam’s seed. Adam’s seed must die and the TOTKOG&E would be reproduced in the world (a seed must die to reproduce). God’s presence was being lifted and his creation was left naked and exposed. The trees that had provided food for them they now used for covering. They immediately returned to God’s provision, trees whose fruit produced seed, but they only found relief from being exposed by covering themselves with leaves, not eating of their fruit. Adam’s seed was tainted with another’s desire. All Eden was set up to reproduce God’s creation for generations with only the TOTKOG&E being left alone as non-producing, with a fruit that was not fit for food. Fruit with no seed of it’s own. Now it has the choicest seed; the seed of man, the seed of one created in the image of God, to reproduce itself.