One of my goals this year is to read the Bible all the way through and to do so chronologically. My overall vision is that this would turn into a lifestyle habit until I go to be with my Lord. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed simply reading (not studying) the inerrant and infallible Word of God. It is indeed a Living Word. To my shame, I admit that I questioned whether or not if I would enjoy reading Genesis, all 50 chapters. But I was humbled again with the familiar, but incredible “In the beginning God…..“. These four words carry an immense amount to think about and be humbled by. Might it be read or understood as, “In the beginning of a new unheard of dimension called time, The Eternal One…” Selah! May you be humbled by The One who is from everlasting to everlasting or who has no beginning nor end, but supremely “is”.
But that’s not the focus of this blog, so let’s proceed.
After being humbled by the account of creation in Genesis 1 and 2, I was struck by something that I’d never seen before in chapter 3. We’re all aware that this is the chapter that communicates what is foundationally wrong with our world today – sin. Chapter 3 details the fall of man and sin’s entrance into the world. In the very same chapter a Messianic prophecy appears (3:15), but something else grabbed my attention that I have never noticed. In reading the Bible, one of my prayers is to ask for illumination about the essence of God or His attributes. So as I was reading, I came to verses 8-9 of chapter 3, which says,
8And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
It hit me like a ton of bricks. So much so that I had to stop reading and just praise the Lord for such revelation of truth.
In times past, I’ve often heard the passage of Scripture being taught as the LORD God questioned Adam’s “whereabouts” for Adam’s benefit (confession of sin) and I do not disagree with that. But something more significant is here.
Notice after transgressing God’s command and hearing the sound of the LORD God, Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God. Naturally so. That’s what sin does. The guilt is too much to bear amidst the light of truth. But look what the LORD God did. He called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
The essence of reconciliatory grace is being demonstrated by God by His calling to Adam. God mercifully and graciously initiated forgiveness and reconciliation toward Adam. Adam, because of his corrupt nature, had no desire to reconcile with God, for he was hiding and full of shame. His sin separated and prevented him from the nearness that he fell from. His only hope was the gracious effective call of God. So too it is with us.
Grace & Peace,