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Where are you? | Genesis 3:8-13

8 Now they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” 11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?”

12 The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me some of the fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 

Genesis 3:8-13 (NASB)

Hearing and Hiding

God is now speaking to Adam as we surmise He did normally. He spoke to Adam, as the head, not to Eve.

Most of us get excited to think we can hear from God. Maybe we need to make a decision and we say we want to know His will: “If God would only tell me clearly!” But ask yourself, will you obey what He tells you? If not, it makes it difficult to hear His voice. He is already likely speaking to you through His Spirit He placed inside all believers. 

This time is different. Adam hears God coming and is scared…because he had sinned. Some expositors think this was preincarnate Jesus. “We can assume this is God, in the Person of Jesus Christ, appearing to Adam and Eve before His incarnation and birth at Bethlehem…” (enduringword.com) So they thought they could hide. What a crazy idea! Even if it was the preincarnate Christ, how can they hide themselves, their sin, from God?

Where are you?

God calls out to Adam (not Eve) and asks, “Where are you?” Surely God knew. A similar rhetorical question is asked of Cain in Gen 4:9 – “Where is Abel your brother?” He then asks if Adam has eaten the forbidden fruit. Then, “How did you know you were naked?” 

Why does God ask questions? It’s for us to evaluate our reply and respond to the conviction of the Spirit. Regarding the question, “Where are you?”, enduringword.com suggests, “The question was meant to arouse Adam’s sense of being lost.” Check their link for other reasons.

Blame game

In response to The Lord’s direct question, Adam blames Eve. He also blames God saying, “The woman whom You gave to be with me”. Then the woman turns and blames the serpent.  “[Adam] was guilty of unkindness to his wife and of blasphemy against his maker, in seeking to escape from confessing the sin which he had committed. It is an ill sign with men when they cannot be brought frankly to acknowledge their wrong-doing.” (Spurgeon)

RЯeflection

  • Is God calling to you even right now? There are times when we do not want to hear God due to our sin. How do we respond? Do we try to hide or ignore? 
  • I encourage you to quickly repent and turn back to the Lord. Confess and believe. Be renewed in your spirit and relationship with Him. He is faithful and just to forgive and cleanse. (1 John 1:9)
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