Why did God put cherubim to block access to the tree of life?

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“Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:22-24).

The tree of life was to give immorality to mankind. But after sin, it became necessary to prevent man from continuing to eat of the fruit of the tree of life so that he will not become an immortal sinner.

Through sin man had fallen under the penalty of death. Thus, the fruit that produced immortality could now cause him only pain. For immortality in a state of sin and endless misery, was not the life that God planned for man.

Forbidding mankind access to this life-giving tree was a deed of divine mercy which Adam may not have fully understood at the time, but in the new earth he will comprehend and be thankful for God’s kindness. And there he will eat forever from the long-lost tree of life (Rev. 22:2, 14).

Today, believers when they partake of Lord’s supper they have the privilege of knowing that through the blood of Jesus and His sacrifice, they will indeed one day partake of the the fruit of that tree of life.

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