“Genesis 3:1-9 (NRSV)
The First Sin and Its Punishment
3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5 for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,[a]knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?””
As we read Genesis 3:1-9, we often think that the question, “Where are you?” was directed to Adam and is for Adam only. But I learned that after more than two thousand years, God is still asking us this question whenever we open our Bible to read. Think about this, as the late Dr. Myles Monroe rightly stated in his book, Releasing your Potential: A single seed in a hand has the potential of creating an entire forest, so too God sees a countless generation in a single man [Gen. 15: 1-5]. So when God was communicating with Adam, he was communicating with the entire Human race on earth. As a matter of fact, we possess the character of Adam even today.
In Gen. 3:1-9, we observe that after God had created everything, including Adam, God created an Environment [Eden] [Gen. 2:8], where He [God] would walk in the cool of day to be in Fellowship with Man. There he placed Adam and gave him the work of tending that Environment [Eden] [Gen. 2:15]. He also gave Adam the Word of God [Gen. 2: 16]. Afterward, God realized that it was not good for a man (who is in the Presence of God, who has a work to do, and who has received the word of God) to be alone. So, God created for that man [Adam] a suitable companion- Eve (Dr. Myles Monroe’s “Teaching on Manhood”). But eventually, the serpent deceived the first couple, they disobeyed God, and for the first time, they realized that they were naked and prepared themselves some aprons of fig leaves.
Now God had come in the cool of the day as usual, to visit and have fellowship with the first couple, but they were nowhere to be found. He called out to find their location: “Adam, where are you”?
Can you imagine replacing Adam’s name with yours? When we read this question a million times in a situation or event, we soon notice that this question was about the problem of disposition- man’s absence from the place of worship with God!
Similarly, after the fall of man, and the increase in wickedness that led to God regretting that He created man, He still showed compassion for the human race by creating a Salvation plan- sending his own begotten Son to die, that whosoever believeth in Him should not parish but have everlasting life. Yet, others have come showing other false ways, and there are so many following those paths. Therefore, like Adam, God is asking us: “where are you?” Are you within his redemption plan or are you hiding in another bush?
The Master also, having come and died for our soul, mandated us to leave our Family, relatives and possessions to go and spread the good news to all people, yet there are many who believe that Mission is not for them. Global Mission Fellows has redefined mission as “From everywhere to everywhere,” but many are too busy seeking their own desires to engage in mission. Hence, God is still asking you and me today: “Where are you”?
Another thing to ponder in the account of Genesis 3 is the Fig Leaf Aprons- Man finding solutions to cover his guilt and shame. When Adam and Eve realized their nakedness, they felt that the aprons of fig leaves were the solution to their problem, but really God needed to provide a solution, by fixing a garment for them. Similarly, the Human race has been stained with guilt and shame as the result of the fall of man and as the result of our own choices and deeds. Today our culture is trying to use many fig leaves to solve our problem of guilt, by using visualizations, affirmations, inner voice, and feelings. But did you know that these fig leaves of human solutions will not suffice in the day when we stand before the living God? So in the midst of all the rich solutions that God has provided in scriptures and in these human aprons of fig leaves, God is still asking us today: where are you?
By the way, do you know that we all have a stake in God’s Mission? There are three groups of people in Mission: the Goers, the Intercessors and Financial Supporters. So why don’t you support my mission work with the Simukai Child Protection Program in Mutare, Zimbabwe, and be a part of God’s Mission in this part of the world? Together, we can be God’s hands and feet on earth…..
GMF, Class 2015
Simukai Child Protection Program