God loved Adam and Eve. They were His friends, and He was their Friend. He talked to His friends face to face. To give Adam and Eve a chance to show their love by obeying Him, God placed a tree in the garden. This was not an ordi- nary tree. It had special meaning. It was called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17). Picture Adam and Eve walking through the garden. Suddenly they come upon this special tree. It is loaded with delicious looking fruit. As they admire the tree, God comes along and tells them about it.