This past week we covered the aspect of the two trees in the Garden of Eden. There was the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but he could freely eat of the tree of life. We can see the tree of life as a symbol for God as the proper source. Adam and Eve were meant to eat of this tree to enjoy God and all his riches. The tree of knowledge of good and evil was the opposite of the tree of life and signifies Satan.
What really strikes me about these facts is that God created both trees. Why couldn’t he just create the tree of life? Then man never would have fallen. The reason is love. God loves us so much that he wants us to love him by choice. If he’d only created the tree of life we’d have no choice but to come to him. It wouldn’t have been our will to choose him. He’s not after that kind of forced love. He’s after true love. By giving us a choice he can appreciate our love more knowing we chose him despite our free will.