And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
WHERE ARE YOU? Obviously, God knew where Adam and Eve were, geographically and otherwise. The Omniscient God did not ask them the question to gain information. Rather, He asked them the question to make them think. And by their answers to help them and us understand the effects of sin.
When God confronts us in our sinful state, He first wants us to know our spiritual location. God is unchanging and unmoving, God is our Rock.
…Ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deuteronomy 32:3b-4)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
Righteousness bound Adam and Eve to that Rock, but sin severed the bond. The first step in rescuing them (and us) was to make them aware of their position relative to God. To come to God we must first realize that we are not where we should be: that we are not in a relationship with Him: that the bond between God and us is severed and we are adrift on the seas of life.
No one comes to God before first recognizing that he/she is separated from God. This was the problem with the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They never realized that there was a Gulf between themselves and God. And so they never accepted Jesus’ offer to Bridge the gap: to make a way between them and God.
No one can be found who doesn’t know they are lost…
…Where are you?
**This is the 1st installment in a series on the Origins of Redemption given in Genesis 3**