The Tree of Life Genesis 2:5-9

When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground - then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
— Genesis 2:5-9

When God first formed man from the dust of the ground, it says that He breathed into him the breath of life. Our life comes from God, even succeeding generations who come about in a different way. The Psalmist says: “You knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

So, did God make YOU?  Yes, He did. He not only established the human race, but it is by His power alone that we continue on. Then he put us in a beautiful garden, the Garden of Eden. From the quite detailed geographical description that is given we can tell with fair accuracy where the garden of Eden was. It was obviously somewhere in the fertile crescent area of Asia Minor where the four rivers described are still today.

Of course the problem is that the land characteristics have probably changed so much that what once could have been an incredibly fertile area could now be a barren dessert. And no, I don’t think anyone is ever going to find the tree of life. You don’t need that tree of eternal life, because Jesus is our tree of eternal life. Man was originally given eternal life through the “Tree of Life” which was in the garden, but now that we have sinfully taken of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” we are lost until we find eternal life again in Christ.

Man was given everything this world could offer in the garden, even the very presence of God. You don’t know what you have until you lose it, some say. Boy, is that true in this case. As one song-writer puts it, “Take me back to the garden again, where we walked in the cool of the day.”

Life Application Questions:

  1. If you were in that Garden with the Tree of Life, would you have been content?
  2. Do you remember another Tree of Life which appears in Revelation, which is in the New Jerusalem, Heaven?

Prayer Helps: Ask God to give you true contentment in Him and in His Son Jesus Christ, through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit.