14th July 2018

Where Are You?

“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’”
Genesis 3:8-9 (NIVUK)

Immediately after the fall, Adam and Eve hid themselves in the landscape of the Garden of Eden. It is perhaps ironic that they use God’s creation, the flora and fauna, to hide from him. This prompts the first question that is recorded as being asked in the Old Testament—it comes from God to the sinner (Adam): “Where are you?” Of course God knew where he was, what he had done and in what condition he was in. The line of questioning God uses in this section of scripture indicates that God is not seeking information that was already known to him but was encouraging Adam to self-examination.

Where are you now in the spiritual landscape and in your relationship with God? Where now is this life taking you? In his present condition he was in rebellion, afraid with the wrong kind of fear, hiding from God and shifting blame for his actions on to others. This is a general description not only of Adam but also his progeny down through the ages.

Both Adam and Eve took matters into their own hands and, to save themselves from a sense of exposure to God, they made coverings for themselves from fig leaves. These were inappropriate and in their case, God subsequently made garments of skin as a covering. This could be the first animal sacrifice and shedding of innocent blood and foreshadowed what was to come.

This question can also be relevant to Christians since they are not immune from the human condition. Some have attempted to sew together their own form of clothing in order to feel somehow covered before God by engaging in the observance of ceremonies, rites, rules and regulations. But the answer to the human predicament does not lie in such practices, but is embedded in the first question that is asked in the New Testament by wise sinners under the guidance of God, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).

It is through acceptance and worship of him who was born king from birth (rather than kingship being conferred on him later on), and being in Christ (Romans 6:11) the second Adam, that God provides humanity with the necessary clothing (Galatians 3:27 clothed with Christ), peace, affirmation, forgiveness, love and a welcome back home. This is the gospel in a nutshell.

Prayer
Father, we know that in Adam all die but we thank you that through Jesus, the second Adam, all have the opportunity of eternal life.
Amen

Study by Eddie Marsh

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About the Author:
Eddie Marsh attends Grace Communion International in Sheffield.

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Grace Communion, Sheffield
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