God’s First Words to the First Sinners Part 1

Grace For The Journey

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1mar  We have been looking at why things are the way they are in our world today.  We have seen that drastic and desperate conditions we live in are a result of the Fall.  Adam and Eve rebelled against God and threw their lives and the whole world into sin.  The Good News of the Bible is that God had a redemptive response to man’s rebellion.  We will look at this wonderful truth over the new three days.

The Bible says in Genesis 3:9, “The Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:9)

Have you given thought to God’s gracious response to the very first sinners?  Adam and Eve had denied their divine design and chosen to serve their own little kingdom, rather than the “Big Kingdom” of God.  And what did God do?  He pursued them and rescued them from themselves!  Over the next three days we will look at three different aspects of God’s incredible question: the HONOR of God’s question, the HOPE in God’s question, and the HEART of God behind the question.

The HONOR of the Question

Did God need to ask any questions of the first sinners?  Absolutely not!  He simply could have delivered a thunderbolt from the heavens, turning Adam and Eve into ashes . . . but He did not.  God honored these rebellious sinners with a question of great grace.

While Adam and Eve futilely tried to cover their nakedness and shame with fig leaves, God spoke to them tenderly, with great love.  Think about it this way: have you ever had someone wrong you – slander you, gossip against you, turn on you, or betray you in some way – and you responded with, “I won’t have anything to do with that person ever again!”?  We’re all prone to that . . . but that’s not how God operates!

In the beginning, God gave Adam and Eve everything they needed for a life of bliss.  Their days would be taken up with finding meaning and significance in the purpose, presence, and person of God.  All of life would be an act of worship of the Most High God.  Their love for God would control their hearts, direct their behavior, and shape their lives.

But Adam and Eve thought they were missing out on something, and they turned their worship and love inward onto themselves, seeking a life of autonomy and self-sufficiency.  In a word, they sought a subhuman existence, and didn’t realize what they had done until it was tragically too late.  And yet, in spite of their awful act of rebellion, God honored them with a most gracious response: “Where are you?”

God asks that same question of us today.  Remember, God was not seeking to determine Adam’s whereabouts!  Omniscience knows everything and omnipresence is everywhere.  David’s psalm expresses this beautifully:

“Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there!  If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall uphold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10).

No, God wasn’t trying to find out where Adam was; it was Adam and Eve who didn’t know where they were!  They had completely lost their way, cowering in fear in a place where they once knew only the loving presence of their God, walking and communing with Him in the cool of the day.

God is asking you today, “Where are you?”  He knows precisely where you are; do you?  Are you communing with Him, seeking to enjoy His presence?  Or has something else captured your desire?

Tomorrow we will look at the HOPE in God’s question.

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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