“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.” Revelation 2:7 (New International Version)
This morning I was reading about trees. In the second chapter of Genesis, the Bible tells us that God planted a garden in Eden that was full of all kinds of trees that “were pleasing to the eye and good for food” and then placed Adam in the garden “to work it and take care of it.” (Genesis 2:9, 15) God made two very special trees which He placed “in the middle of the garden,” the tree of life and the tree and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:9).
The Bible tells us that man was free to eat from any of the trees except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Have you ever wondered why Adam and Eve walked right past the tree of life and focused on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? Knowledge or life… interesting choice. The third chapter of Genesis tells us that Adam and Eve decided to go against God’s warning and chose knowledge over life and were then banished from the Garden so that they would not also eat from the tree of life.
As I was reading this account again this morning I noticed that God placed cherubim with flaming swords to “guard the way to the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:24). The Hebrew word for “way” in this verse is derek which means “way, path, route, or road.” Jesus also told us something about a Way. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The Greek word for “way” in this verse is hodos, which means “road, path, or way.”
The Good News is that Jesus has offered us a path back into Eden. Seriously. Jesus told us that if we simply follow Him, He will lead us past the flaming swords back into the very presence of God and back to the tree of life (Revelations 22). Amazing….
Dear Lord, forgive me when I have valued knowledge more than life with you. Thank you for sending your Son to die in our place to open up a way for us to get back home into your Presence. You are a merciful, mighty and Holy, Holy, Holy God.