Genesis The Flaming Sword – Cain and Able

Gen 3:22 “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever” NKJV

Does the Lord want man to reach forth and partake of the tree of life?

The obvious answer is Yes. But because of Adam and Eve’s sin, God had to remove them from the Garden of Eden.

Gen 3:23 “therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.” NKJV

When the Lord placed the cherubim with the flaming sword in the way, what was the purpose for this – was it to keep man from the tree of life?