But we always had a “what if” going on in the back of our minds: What if Adam took of the tree of life first? I’m not asking the obvious question asked by nudists, “would man be naked now?” I’m going the other direction…for now.
The "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" was not for man, at least, in this setting. So the next question would be obvious: Why was it there? Why did it seem good, taste good, and look good to eat? Why all this “temptation” in front of man? Was God teasing man? Was God trying to find out if man was going to obey Him? Was it a test?
I don’t think so. I don’t think God would deliberately put temptation in front of man that way. Men have blamed women for being a “temptation”. So would that imply that Eve was a temptation God put in front of Adam? No, I don’t think God works that way. You have a desert on the table. It is meant for after dinner. The kids were told (and the husband too) to leave it alone until after dinner. Eat your dinner first and then you may have some. Is it a temptation? Maybe to the kids, but not mom who said “Don’t eat of it or touch or you will go to bed with out dinner and be grounded for a week!” Does the cake actually cause this? No, but it is the result of you don’t follow instructions. But was that her intent? Was that God’s intention? To make someone follow instructions? To see if they will obey a divine rule?
The tree of life is that catalyst, which, had Adam and Eve went to that first (Going to Christ first), then God would have given them the knowledge of what is good and what is evil. I think the forbidden tree was the second part of what man needed once he went to the tree of life. Like the serpent (Satan) who stood by the tree of knowledge, God (Future Jesus) may have been standing by the tree of life ready to give them what they needed. Then Satan would have been dislodged from the other tree so God can give them the knowledge they needed when they needed it.
Because of what Jesus did, came to earth, to recreate man in his own image and likeness, be baptized into that relationship, and take of that Tree of Life, and Jesus will give you what you need and it will be an abundant life! John 10:10
What are these fruits that Jesus will give? One hint is "by their fruit you shall know them" Matt. 7:16 and 20.