This is something I’ve been thinking about lately, and I just think it’s really cool. It all ties back to the Gospel, much like everything else in our lives should.
Maybe this whole thing is something that’s been obvious to you. But you know the tree of life? The tree that bears the fruit that is supposed to give us eternal life? If not, here’s a refresher.
“Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—’ Therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.” (Genesis 3:22-23)
Note the word NOW in that passage. I think it’s the most accurate word describe what God was saying there. There was no mention of the tree of life up until this verse. There was only one tree that was forbidden to Adam and Eve. And what was that tree? The tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Do you know what this means? Maybe it was simple, but Adam and Eve were originally supposed to live forever! They could have eaten from the tree of life all they wanted to, so long as they didn’t understand good and evil! But no, they disobeyed God, they sinned, and God took the tree of life away.
But how much of a punishment is that? No, their punishment wasn’t God taking away their ability to live forever, not at all. I think their only punishment was their loss of the ability to commune with God on Earth. The fact that their earthly bodies were going to die was a kindness, I think. If we could live forever on Earth, we’d have no choice but to spend eternity away from God. There is a lyric from the song “Salvation,” a completely secular song from the completely secular band The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.
“Nothing lasts forever. God is kind.”
Man, that pretty much explains God’s reasoning for making death a part of our lives. And later in Genesis, God decreases our life span a bit, because He realizes how evil the world is. Again, I don’t think it was to punish us, at least not completely. I think it was to make us available to commune with Him sooner.
And do you want to know the cool thing? Here’s what happens when we’re with Him again in Heaven, at least down the road.
“The angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. (Revelation 22:1-3)”
Guys, when it’s all said and done, as long as the blood of Jesus has covered us and we have accepted His pardon, we will have complete access to the tree of life and the river of life and the eternal life that comes with those. Just something to think about. Tillman out.