“But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you?” Genesis 3:9 Amplified
Today’s verse is a call from the Lord that I hope we all hear, not that God doesn’t make it to everyone, but not everyone is listening.
In Genesis, Adam and Eve have sinned and are now hiding from God because they are aware of their disobedience. There have been many discussions on what the “fruit” was, but the main thing to look at is the disobedience. When man was created God longed for them to give themselves back to Him in obedience. He still longs for us to do that today.
This is the first time fear is mentioned in the Bible, Adam told God he heard Him walking in the garden and was afraid. God knew what had happened, but he asked Adam for an explanation. True to human nature, and where it all began, he blamed Eve, even telling God, in a round about way, that it was His fault because He gave her to be with him. Then God looks to Eve and asks for her explanation, of course she passes the blame on to the serpent. Then the curses rolled down – the serpent must crawl in the dust on its belly, the woman must feel pain in childbirth, the man must work hard to survive, and finally the ground was cursed. Death came to the garden when God killed an animal to clothe Adam and Eve, the first blood was shed, an animal sacrifice.
Even after they were banished from the beautiful Garden of Eden and forced to take care of themselves they suffered more. The first human death is recorded as Cain killed his brother Able. Eve lost one son at the hand of another son. It’s hard to imagine what that must have felt like, a torn heart. Who would have thought eating a piece of fruit would end this way.
We see in this first story of life the consequences of living for self and doing what pleases us. The lesson I learn from this is to seek God in all my decisions and not to trust my senses, the fallout can be horrific.