Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
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.”
Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” Genesis 2:9; 2:15-16; 3:22 NASB
God placed man within the garden of Eden with one explicit command – the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is off-limits. This single tree, standing prohibited to man, had fruit that would release man’s desire to be self-made, seek his own knowledge, satisfactions and values from the created world in defiance of the Creator.
God told Adam what would happen to him if He disobeyed Him: Adam would die. This death is inclusive of man’s spiritual, moral, social, relational, and ultimately, his physical being. When Adam and Eve reached for the fruit of the tree, they were defying God’s commandment and as a result of the choice to eat of the tree’s fruit, they immediately faced the punishment for disobedience: death and separation from God.
Genesis 3:22 states Adam and Eve could have eaten from the Tree of Life after they sinned and lived forever. Had they been permitted to eat from the Tree of Life, then they would have been forced to live eternally in a sin-cursed world. Therefore, God had to remove man from the garden to protect him from eternal death and provide a remedy for sin.
God created and destined man for rich rewards for obedience. Disobedience to the words of God doomed man to the sad consequences of pain, suffering and death. The result of their decision released the sin nature into the heart of man. We inherited this sin nature and need redemption by a Savior, provided by Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.
The tree of life is associated with experiencing the life of God including eternal life. Jesus Christ is the life giver. If we allow the fruit of the Spirit to grow in our life, we will have and enjoy a blessed life.
Without choice, Adam would have been a prisoner of God and forced to worship Him, but God choose to allow us to select our master – sin or Christ – please accept Jesus and make Him Lord.