God's Questions To Adam and Eve

Genesis 3:1-10

 

1Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” 4Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. 8And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” 10So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

 

 

Questions are one of the great ways to teach vital lessons.  As such, one would expect to read many questions as he studies God’s Word. He will not be disappointed. In the King James Version one will find 2,273 questions in the Old Testament and 1,024 in the New Testament. Effective teachers can use questions to impart knowledge and drive home great lessons. Jesus used the parables just this way. But the Bible records questions, that were utilized to provoke thought, convict of sin, and teach divine truth.

 

The opening refrains of God’s dealings with our first parents contain such questions, in Genesis Three, there is the account of man’s transgression by eating of the forbidden fruit. Satan presented the opportunity, and, to the shame of mankind, Eve gullibly accepted the sinful proposal. Adam likewise moved from innocence and fellowship with His Creator to a state of disobedience when he too ate fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17-3:6).

 

After sin entered into their lives,  Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of the Lord.  As God walked in the garden that day, we read the account from our text: Genesis 3:8-10

8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.  9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

 

These passages are suggestive of a fellowship Adam and Eve  enjoyed with our CREATOR, before sin marred their relationship. Isaiah the prophet tells us in Isaiah 59:1-2

1Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

 

And though we all like sheep have gone astray, God desires to restore fellowship with those whom He has created. 

In Isaiah 1:18 we read

18Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

In the New Testament perhaps the final invitation that God extends, shows how He earnestly desires fellowship with us. Revelation 22:17 “17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. “ The Bible portrays God as standing with outstretched arms and pleading with us.  "I would but ye would not." However, all of that was lost and can only be regained  through Christ in eternity.       Matthew 23:37

  

In this lesson we want to discuss only a small portion of the text of Genesis chapter three.  I want us to study the questions God asked Adam and Eve after their sin.  God, being a good Father, knew exactly how to ask some provocative questions.  My father was mastered in this form of interrogation

 

God's first question is  recorded in the words we find in Genesis 3:9, “9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”   Why would God being Omniscient ask this question? Did not God know where he was?  Yes, He knew,  but  you see, He wanted Adam to take an inward look at himself. Where are you Adam?  His truthful answer should have   been: "I'm hiding because I have sinned against  You."

  

We can all think of this question, "Where are you"   Where are you spiritually?  Where are you in your relationship with God? Please make the question personal.  Where are YOU in your own personal relationship with God? Are the fellowship lines open between you and your Creator?  We often sing the song “My God And I go in the fields together, we walk and talk and good friends should and do, we clasp our hands, our voices ring with laughter. My God and I walk through the meadows hue”.

What a beautiful song expressing the fellowship we desire and long for from our Heavenly Father. Adam and Eve experienced just this kind of fellowship.

Genesis 3:8-10

8And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.  9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

 

Do you desire fellowship with you Creator?  Are you experiencing that fellowship; If you are not  a Christian, having your sins remitted, forgiven and washed by the blood of the Lamb you are not and cannot. Fellowship a spiritual blessing reserved for those IN CHRIST.  Listen to this wonder passage:  John 1:1-7

That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life 2(and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us); 3that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you also, that ye also may have fellowship with us: yea, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ: 4and these things we write, that our joy may be made full.  5And this is the message which we have heard from him and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

 

Friend, are you walking in fellowship with God?  Are you walking in the light of His revealed will, the Holy Word of God?  Are you walking in Christ where all blessing reside? In Romans 8:1 we read

1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Are you  aware that the converse of this is just as true?   "There is therefore now NO salvation to those who are OUTSIDE Christ." If we are not in Christ, there is only condemnation.   Are you in Christ? 

 

2 Timothy 2:10 tells us where salvation is —

10Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

 

 Where are you? Are you in Christ?   And someone says, "How may I know?" A fair question, and the Bible answers so that we may know beyond a shadow of a doubt.   John 20:30-31 again 1 John 5:13

13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 

How do we get into Christ where there is no condemnation?  We find our answer in 1 Corinthians 12:13

13For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.

Isn't it wonderful to know that I can control my own destiny?   I can choose today to become a Christian and live faithfully. My destiny is within the power of my own decision to obey and summit to God in baptism.  In  2 Cor 5:17 we read these beautiful words  17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

And so we all need to ask  Where Am I ?  Take that inward look, “Am I in Christ? Am I a faithful Christian? Where do you stand in your obedience to God?  Where are you?   9And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”  Genesis 3:9

 

God's 2nd question: is stated in Genesis 3:11a “11And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked?”

 

Adam's answer in Genesis 3:10 had been, "I hid because I was naked. "  God's response "Who told you that? " Adam and Eve were naked all the time they were in the  garden.  We are told in Gen. 2:25

23And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.   24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed

 

This  passage describes their condition before their sin, but now they disobeyed God, they have sinned and their innocent state has  been lost.  Think how shamelessly young children walk around completely bare, yet unashamed. People who have knowledge of good and evil know when they are naked. Those who have no knowledge do not know.  Could this not speak something of the way many dress, especially during the summer days.

 

Let's look at the first part of God's question, "Who told you that..."   In other words, What is the source of your information,  Where did you learn that?  Paul reminded his friend and co-worker Timothy:  2 Timothy 3:14-17

4But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.     

 

We hear people say,   "One can be saved by faith  only."  We  need to ask, "Who told you that?"  James 2:24 God says we are not saved by faith only.  We hear people say,  "Baptism is not essential to salvation."  Who told you  that?  Mark 16:16  "You don't need to partake of the Lord's Supper on  every first day of the week?"  Who told you that?   (Acts  20:7)  Or….  "You do not need to come to all the worship services?"   Who told you that?  Heb. 10:25   Who told us that God will accept any kind of service or life. Who told you that God will accept the crumbs of our lives that many toss to Him?  His word warns “be diligent make your calling and election sure….    2 Peter 1:10-11

 

Who Told You That?  Remember much of the information Adam and Eve had received came directly  from Satan,  The Father Of Lies   2 Timothy 3:14-17

 

The third question God asked is recorded in Genesis 3:11b     11Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?   God knew that Adam had eaten, but He wanted him to see his sin.

  

Getting people to see their sins is very difficult. Often  we can see the sins of others, but not our own. We need to be very objective in examining ourselves.   Scottish Poet, Robert Burns wrote:  "Oh the gift, God would give us, to see ourselves as other see us"  but better still that we should see ourselves as God sees us.   Thus we are admonished  2  Cor. 13:5

5Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.  Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you,   except ye be reprobates  (rejected)?.

     

The Bible declares that all of us  are sinners,  Romans 3;23 ;  1 John 1:8-2:2 . We should never be so bold and brazen as to think   we do not sin or live above sin.  Adam tried to blame his sin on Eve.  Gen. 3:12  This is human nature.  Most of us don’t  like to admit we are  guilty of wrong doings .

 

When we have done something wrong and it is pointed out, we try  to place blame "Look what you  caused me to do."  And so when God approached Adam with the following questions. Gen. 3:11 “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? 12And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

 

Both were unwilling to assume responsibility for their actions, Adam quickly pointed to the woman, but may have been blaming God. “the woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat” Likewise Eve when questioned passed the blame on, not seeing her part in the disobedience.  Her words:  “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat”.

 

I think about David as he is approached by his good friend Nathan who points out David you are the man.  He didn't blame Bathsheba,  His words are recorded for us in 2 Samuel 12:13-14

13And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 14Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

 

True godly sorrow is necessary; if we are to be forgiven.     2 Cor. 7:10, There will be many in the judgment lost  because they committed sins of which they never truly  repented.   Godly sorrow. Luke 13:3

 

And finally God asked Eve  "What is this you have done?"  Gen. 3:13    This question was addressed to Eve,  again,  God is trying to get her to consider the seriousness of her sin,  No doubt  she would like to think that she had only  eaten  a little fruit off a tree.  "Surely, there's nothing wrong with that!" Many people have the same attitude toward their sin. "It's not really all that bad!"

  

“What have you done Eve”?  You have directly disobeyed a command of God. God had said, "In the day that you eat of it, you will  surely die."  Eve, you've lost your home, in the garden of Eden and all those wonderful things that went with it.

What have you done?  You've brought sin into your life with all of its consequences.  Your sin will separate you from God.  God has turned away His blessings…. His ear from hearing your prayers.

     

Conclusion,  in the story of the fall of Adam and Eve,  God asked  some provoking questions that are beneficial to all.

"Where are you?"  Where are you in your relationship with God?   If you are not a child of God, you need to become one.  If you are out of fellowship with God, you need to be restored.

 

"Who told you that?"  Who told you this or that about how you should live and how you should  worship God?  What is the source of your information?

     

"Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?"   Have you sinned?  Have  you done things that are not right, that you are ashamed   of?

     

"What is this you have done?"  Have you done things you need to repent of?  Have you humbly repented?  All of us should be able to say,   "I have repented of all my past sins and am standing right with God. I am in Christ where there is no condemnation, and if I were to die today, I would  be with the Lord forever."    What a blessed thought!  May it be true of every one of us.  

 

 contact:

Ron Cope Minister churches of Christ

email:  RonCope@chestnutmtchurchofchrist.com

phone:  (678)617-9658