Parable of Tree of Life–The bible is a book that contains the messages of salvation for mankind. Even though man tends to think themselves as lord over all the created things on this earth. In reality, their life is not different from the life of other creatures on this earth. Once they are born, they start the journey to the end, that is, the death.
Death is a human commonality and nobody can escape from this common destiny. Even though many people have tried to solve this problem, it is obvious that still nobody could solve this problem until now. Whoever is born on this earth lived and died in the end. Nobody could escape from this destiny of death.
The Origin of Death
Parable of Tree of Life–The bible, however, is the book which allows man, who are under the agony of death, to know how to escape from death and how to have eternal life in heaven. Then what is the way of eternal life the bible shows to us. To understand this we have to know the origin of death. As the saying goes, where there is problem there is solution.
To understand the solution for the problem of the death, we have to go to the place where the problem arose in the first place. The bible teaches that the death came from the Garden of Eden.
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—
The bible teaches that through the sin of one man (Adam) death entered the world and death came to all man. Therefore, to understand the origin of the death we must understand what happened in the Garden of Eden. And then we will come to understand the solution from death, that is, eternal life.
The Sin of Adam and Eve
Parable of Tree of Life–The Book of Genesis tells us a story about the Garden of Eden. God created a beautiful garden and put the first man Adam and Eve there. In the middle of the garden were planted two trees, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the Tree of Life. God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Genesis 2:17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.
God clearly commanded them not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. However, Adam and Eve were deceived by the cunning words of the serpent and ate from the tree. Because of this transgression and sin, the penalty they received the death just as God told them.
This was the origin of death and in this way death entered the world of man. Since we could find out the problem and its origin, now let us search for the solution for this problem. Then what is the way we can have life without death, or eternal life.
Tree of Life: Way to Eternal Life
Eating From Tree of Life
Parable of Tree of Life–The bible says that even though they committed sin and received the penalty of death, there was a way for them to live forever.
Genesis 3:22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
Through this word of God, we can know that there was a way for them to have eternal life even after their committing sin against God. God said that they could have eternal life if they could eat from the tree of life. Despite their sin and the death penalty through the sin, they could live forever by eating the tree of life. However, they could not eat from the tree of life.
The Way to The Tree of Life Blocked By God
Genesis 3:23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.
Parable of Tree of Life–God placed cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the way to tree of life. Because of this, the sinners could not eat from the tree of life again. The tree of life was taken away from them and they were destined to die.
Through this parable, we can understand the origin of death was the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. This was the beginning of the problem of death. And the solution for the problem is the tree of life. If somehow we could eat from the tree of life, we can live forever just as God said.
Meaning of the Parable of the Tree of Life
Parable of Tree of Life–Then what is the meaning of this story? Does it mean somewhere in this earth there is a garden with the tree of life in the middle guarded by cherubim and a flaming sword? Definitely not. Then what is the meaning of this story?
Matthew 13:34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”
The bible says that Jesus wanted to teach us “hidden things” since the creation of the world (or Genesis). It means that we cannot understand the book of Genesis literally. It must be read as parable which contains hidden message in it. Therefore, the tree of life must be a parable too. If the tree of life is a parable, then what is the reality hidden behind the story? In the verse above, who opened the mouth to utter things hidden in the creation of the world? It was Jesus. Therefore, to find the reality of the tree of life, we have to look at the teachings of Jesus Christ.
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