The first man, Adam, had given in to temptation and rebelled against God by eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, resulting in disastrous consequences for him, his wife, and all humanity. Then God turned His attention toward the second named tree in Eden—the tree of life. To prevent Adam from eating of this tree and living forever in his sin, God banished the pair from the garden and stationed cherubim—angelic creatures—at its entrance with a flaming sword to bar access.
Just as God’s judgment of sin earlier in the chapter had been saturated with grace, so was this expulsion. God had a plan to provide life for Adam and Eve and the rest of humanity. And that plan included a tree, but it wasn’t the tree of life. God would provide life through His Son hanging on a tree—the cross. Salvation would not come through what man could do but through what God would do.
How are you prone to try to “fix” things when they go wrong in your life instead of relying on God?