The Tree of Life was a tree that Yahweh Himself caused to grow in the middle of the Garden of Eden, along with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:9).
Eating the fruit of the Tree of Life would apparently enable one to live forever. After Adam and Eve sinned, God drove them out of the Garden to prevent their eating from the Tree of Life and living forever (Genesis 3:22).
Eating from the Tree of Life would have resulted in Adam and Eve living eternally in a condition of sin and degradation. But Yahweh had a much, much better long-term plan that would eventually fix Adam’s trouble. This plan involved an enemy — Death. Adam and his progeny would die, but Yahweh planned redemption through Jesus Christ and a new uncursed heavens and earth with the Tree of Life.
What Happened to the Tree of Life?
Adam and Eve are the only humans who ever saw the Tree of Life. No one else ever saw it, because after the pair was banished, cherubim guarded the Garden of Eden and prevented access to it (Genesis 3:24).
Noah’s Flood probably destroyed the Garden of Eden and all it contained. The Tree of Life may have died out by the time of the Flood. But if the Tree of Life or an offspring were still extant in the Garden, the Flood would have certainly washed it away.
But some day man will again have access to the Tree of Life. Jesus Christ promised,
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:1-2)
Many explorers have searched for a Fountain of Youth whose waters would restore health and youth. It’s another version of looking for Eternal Life or the Tree of Life. What is the only way to get to the Tree of Life? It can only be reached through the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth, the Second Adam, Who said,
“I am the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
Questions to Ponder
- Suppose you could eat from the Tree of Life and live forever. What would you like to do in your second hundred years?
- What represents a longing for eternity in your life?
Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.
Soli Deo Gloria.
This is the 31st of a series of weekly blog articles on Adam.
Read the prequels:
1. Was Adam in the Garden of Eden?
2. Did Moses Believe in Adam?
3. Did Jesus Believe in Adam?
4. Did Paul Believe in Adam?
5. Does Belief in Adam Matter?
6. Adam and Puppies
7. Why Did Adam Sin?
8. What Should Adam Have Done?
9. What Did Adam Cause?
10. What Was Adam’s Forbidden Fruit?
11. How Long Was Adam in Eden?
12. Was Adam’s Garden of Eden Real?
13. Christmas & Adam (with videos)
14. Where Was Adam’s Garden of Eden?
15. Did Adam Wear Clothes in Eden?
16. Was Adam Backward or Brilliant? (with video)
17. Who Was Mrs. Adam?
18. Adam’s Dream Girl
19. Adam’s Prolific Princess
20. Adam’s Problematic Princess
21. How Many Children Did Adam Have?
22. Whom Did Adam’s Sons Marry?
23. Did Adam Ride a Unicorn?
24. How Long Did Adam Live?
25. Did Adam Swat Mosquitoes in Eden?
26. Did Adam’s Garden Have a Talking Snake?
27. Why Should Adam’s Sin Affect Me?
28. Did Roses Have Thorns in Adam’s Garden?
29. Adam the Image-Bearer & Harambe the Gorilla
30. Did Adam Ever Return to Eden?
Read the sequels:
32. Will Adam Be in Heaven?
33. Did Adam See the Big Dipper?
34. Did Adam Know Earth Is Round?
35. Did Jesus Say When Adam Was Created?
36. Did Adam See Dinosaurs?
37. Did Adam Like Steak?
38. Could Adam Read & Write?
39. Did God Use Evolution to Make Adam?
40. Adam & the Olympics
41. Adam and the Gospel
42. Adam and the Genesis Road
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Wednesday June 22, 2016 A.D.
The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 2:16; 3:1-6 NASB)