The tree of life – So called from its symbolic character as a sign and seal of IMMORTAL LIFE. But physiologically, a tree is a tall plant with woody tissue. Trees however, gather light for photosynthesis through their leaves, this process creates ” food ” for the tree.
Its prominent position in the center of the garden of Eden as revealed in Genesis 2: 9; where it must have been an object of daily observation and interest, was admirably fitted to keep Man habitually in mind of God and his destiny ( or future ). The tree of life have the power of so renewing man’s physical energies that his body through formed of the dust of the ground, and therefore naturally mortal, would, by its continual use, live on for ever.
Further it seems, not only because it was intended to be a sign to Adam, assuring him of the continuance of life and happiness, on condition of his persevering in obedience, but also because God had given to the fruit of it a singular virtue for the support of nature, the prolongation of life, and the prevention of all diseases, infirmities, and decays through ages, as appear in
Genesis 3: 22 ” …Behold, the man has become like one of Us ( the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ), to know ( how to distinguish between ) good and evil and blessing and calamity; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and LIVE FOREVER – “
The Prophet Jeremiah echoed this vision later, when he was revealing to Jehoiakim , the source of his father’s blessing – Josiah “He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me? Declares the Lord. ” – Jeremiah 22: 16.