The tree of life is mentioned only three places in the Bible. The first and most prominent place the tree of life appears in the Bible is in Genesis. The Tree of Life is one of two trees specifically identified in the garden. The other tree, of course, is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
It really doesn’t matter for purposes of considering our present reality. From dust to dust is our current condition, but the tree of life appears three times in Proverbs and again in the Book of Revelation.
The fact that it appears again in Revelations, the vision of the ultimate redemption of mankind and victory of God, gives us hope. Though we are presently cut off from it, the tree of life figures into God’s ultimate plan and purpose. The tree of life appears on either side of the “river of the water of life… flowing from the throne of God….”
Where do we find the tree of life in between the Garden of Eden and standing beside the river of the water of life from the throne of God? Let’s take a look.
When that young Jewish man found a Tanakh, located the Book of Isaiah in it and compared the passage in the Tanahk to the same passage in the “Christian” Old Testament, he was shocked to find that it was virtually identical.
If it isn’t familiar to the reader, I wanted the reader to wonder where it might be found.
I have to admit that my inspiration came from a true story. A young Jewish man was presented the same passage and asked to identify where it was found in the Scripture. Like many of us, myself included as a young man, he wasn’t overly familiar with the Scriptures. His knee jerk reaction was that it is from the New Testament somewhere (which he hadn’t read either … but he was Jewish after all).