Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3:9 NKJV
Adam and Eve lived in paradise. Sin and death were unknown to them. They tended the Garden of Eden in perfect peace. The Lord came down to walk with them in the cool of the day. They had intimate fellowship with the Ancient of Ages.
The devil deceived Adam and Eve into questioning the goodness of God. They saw that the fruit of the forbidden tree was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise. Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying the Lord.
God called out to Adam saying, “Where are you?” Adam answered, “We hid because we are naked”. God asked them if they ate the fruit of the forbidden tree.
Adam and Eve were not hidden from God. He knew exactly where they were. He knew what they had done. Why did God ask those questions if He already knew the answers?
The Lord God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden. He assigned an angel to guard against their return. God did not want them to eat the fruit of the tree of life. If they had the evil in men’s hearts would have been unleashed upon the earth forever!
And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:24 NKJV
Six generations after the sin of Adam and Eve Enoch walked with God. Enoch did not taste death. The Lord took him, why? What does it mean that Enoch walked with God?
Maybe Enoch pleased God so much the Lord wanted to have an even closer intimate relationship with him. Maybe God had such a special plan and purpose for Enoch he was taken directly into God’s presence for instruction and preparation.
When God asked Adam, “Where are you” He wanted Adam to realize what he lost. God wanted Adam to know the intimacy they had was severed irreparably.
God wanted Adam to take responsibility for what he did. Adam did not. He blamed Eve. Eve blamed the serpent. If there was someone the serpent could blame he would have.
This Christmas season the Lord wants to ask us the same questions He asked Adam. “Where are you?” “Have you partaken of forbidden fruit?” Will you walk with God?
Jesus does not want to condemn us. He does not want to punish us. Jesus wants us to know what is at stake. If we are not where we need to be we can put one foot in front of the other and walk back to the Lord in faith. If we have sinned we can repent!
Jesus is not a baby anymore. He will always be a man. Jesus has always been God. Jesus made a way for us to live with Him in paradise forever!
Jesus made a way for you to walk with God today!
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