9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?
HAVE YOU EATEN THE FRUIT THAT I TOLD YOU NOT TO EAT? God addresses the crux of Adam’s (and our) problem: Sin.
First, God had made Adam aware of the broken fellowship between them (vs. 9).
Second, God had challenged Adam’s new-found way of thinking to show him that he was no longer in the light, he was now in the dark (vs. 11a). Adam had argued that nakedness was his problem, rather than his sin instead of walking in the truth Adam was living a lie.
Now (vs. 11b) God effectively asks Adam: “Did you sin?”; “Did you do what I told you not to do?”
The first two questions God had asked were designed to get Adam to the see the problems caused by his sin. Adam’s sin is what destroyed fellowship with God, and sin was why Adam could no longer think straight.
Just like Adam, sin prevents us from fellowshipping with the Holy God AND blinds our eyes to God’s truth. For fellowship with God to be restored and for us to be able to walk in the light of God’s Truth, we must first deal with our sin problem. And the ONLY way to do that is to accept, in faith, the way God has made possible: the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way [back to fellowship with God], the truth [of what living is really about], and the life [given to replace the death sentence of sin!]: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” ~John 14:6
We cannot hide from the problem of sin in our lives. It cannot be escaped or circumvented. BUT faith Jesus can break sin’s power over us and an bring us into a transformative relationship with Him.
Finally, in the question He asked Adam (vs. 11b), God defines sin as disobedience. Disobedience is doing what we know is against God’s will. In other words, disobedience is rebellion to God’s authority. This is the message God wanted Adam to understand. Rebellion cuts off access to both God’s love (fellowship) and God’s guidance/instruction (true knowledge/understanding). This was true for Adam and is true for us. To enjoy a genuinely close and personal relationship with God we MUST walk in obedience to His Word. To have true wisdom, knowledge and understanding we MUST walk in obedience to His Word.
The distance Believers too often experience in our relationship with God is a direct result of our failure to obey him. We can’t expect to ignore God’s instructions and then feel His presence. Likewise, the uncertainty and confusion many Christians have about their lives, and life in general, is also a result of disobedience. In no less than four places (Psalm 110:10, Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10, Proverbs 15:33) God’s word tells us that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom/knowledge…” Clearly, walking in disobedience is EXACTLY the opposite of walking in “The fear of the Lord”. In other words, wisdom/knowledge are NOT available to the disobedient!
As Adam was about to discover, sin/disobedience makes life very, very difficult. The challenge for us is to learn from Adam’s mistake. If we are ever to live victorious Christian lives, we must first seriously seek to live obedient sacrificial lives. It’s not more ‘churching’, it’s not louder singing, it’s not even better preaching that’s going to transform us. We will be transformed when we “offer ourselves as living sacrifices” to God (Romans 12:1-2). When we sacrifice our will to live in obedience to His will.
**This is the third installment in a series on the Origins of Redemption as given in Genesis 3**