God put up a barrier between humanity and the Tree of Life. Why did He do this? He says that it if humans were to reach out their hand and eat from it, they would live forever. Does God not want us to live forever? Does He not want us to have eternal life?
God makes clear in the coming of Christ, He does want us to have eternal
life, but it can't come by our own doing. In our sinful state, we can't
reach out our hand and take from the Tree of Life. Eternal life is
something that God has to give us and lead us toward.
leads us to the Tree of Life and eternity by guiding us into His wisdom
(Proverbs 3) and through belief in His Son (Revelation 22).
will eat from the Tree of Life, but it will not be because of our
strength or actions. We can't reach out our hand and take it for
ourselves. It will come only as a gift from God and from what He has
done for us by teaching us and sending Christ to take away the barriers
between our sinfulness and God's holiness.