Thursday, September 03, 2009

Where Are You? #2

Questions are a part of life. We ask questions in order to learn information, but God asks questions so we will take time to examine our lives. You don’t have to go very far into the Bible to find God asking a question. It is there in the third chapter of Genesis. Humanity has not been on the earth very long, but their actions require God to ask them a question so they will understand what has happened.

In Genesis chapter 3 we find Adam and Eve in the paradise that God created for them. God provided for everything they would need to have a good life, which even included purposeful work to provide mean to their lives. They had all the food they could want, companionship, and a beautiful home to live in. There was not one thing they needed.

Adam and Eve were at this time innocent. In other words they were personally unaware of the consequences of sin. God had told them what would happen if they disobeyed Him, but outside of this knowledge they had not experienced that consequence, which meant they enjoyed a very special relationship with God. God came and personally communed with them. Amazing!

Yet, in the midst of all of this perfection discontentment crept in. James wrote:
13 When someone is tempted, he should not say, “I am being tempted by God,” because God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone. 14 Instead, each person is tempted by his own desire, being lured and trapped by it. 15 When that desire becomes pregnant, it gives birth to sin; when that sin grows up, it gives birth to death. (James 1:13-15; ISV)

Keep what James wrote in mind as you read through the account of the first sin.
1 Now the serpent was more shrewd than any of the wild animals that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Is it really true that God said, 'You must not eat from any tree of the orchard'?" 2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit from the trees of the orchard; 3 but concerning the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the orchard God said, 'You must not eat from it, and you must not touch it, or else you will die.'" 4 The serpent said to the woman, "Surely you will not die, 5 for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will open and you will be like divine beings who know good and evil."

6 When the woman saw that the tree produced fruit that was good for food, was attractive to the eye, and was desirable for making one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate it. She also gave some of it to her husband who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God moving about in the orchard at the breezy time of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the orchard. 9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" (Genesis 3:1-9; NET)

There is too much in this story for us to cover in this series of ponderings. The bottom-line that we need to remember is that both Eve and Adam knowingly sinned. Sure Satan played a part, but Eve and Adam gave into their desire. I would also point out that Eve sinned because she wanted to be like God, but Adam chose being separated from God over being separated from Eve. I wonder how many people miss out on God because they have chosen friends and family over God?

Adam and Eve sinned, the ate the forbidden fruit, and then came to realize that they were no long fit to be in each other’s presence, let alone in the presence of God. It was at this moment that reality sits in, because God comes to pay a visit to our first parents. Knowing that God was on His way the couple hid. They hid because they were naked and were ashamed of what they had become. They hid because they were guilty and couldn’t face the holy God after they had chosen to be unholy.

When we feel like hiding from God it means that there is something wrong in our relationship with Him. Have you ever felt like hiding from God?

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