Access to the Tree of Life: Genesis 3:22

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1) Gen 3:22: Here the Lord spoke to himself, observing, “The human has become like one of us, knowing good and evil.”

Thus, what the serpent had promised was partially fulfilled (Gen 3:1–5).[1] However, the snake had hidden the result of their disobedience:[2] the inevitability of death (Gen 3:19).[3]

Nevertheless, Adam did not die until reaching 930 years of age (Gen 5:5).[4]

That Adam might “send forth his hand and take from the tree of life” implies that he could have chosen to eat fruit from that tree but did not do so (Gen 2:8–9, 15–17).[5]

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a) Read Gen 3:22. Why were Adam and Eve in such a precarious position?



Go to Driven Out (Gen 3:23–24)

[Related posts include Let Us Make Humanity (Gen 1:26); A Well-Watered Garden (Gen 2:8–14); Serving and Keeping (Gen 2:15); Forbidden Fruit (Gen 2:16–17); Serpents in the Ancient Near East (Gen 3:1); A World-Altering Conversation (Gen 3:2–5); A Return to the Ground (Gen 3:19); and In Adam’s Likeness and Image (Gen 5:3–5)]

[Click here to go to Chapter 10: The Tree of Life (Genesis 3:22–24)]


[1] Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 85.

[2] Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 208.

[3] Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 75.

[4] Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 73.

[5] Wenham, Genesis 1–15, 85.