Adam And Eve Hide in The Garden

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Hiding

It is quite clear that Adam and Eve because of their first sin of eating of the forbidden fruit lost their fellowship with God. When they heard the sound of God walking in the Garden they hid themselves (v. 8). The question of  all ages is: “Where Art Thou” (v. 9)?  Adam and Eve heard the voice of the Lord but they hid from His presence. God was coming to them in judgment for their disobedience.

Sin in our life will cause us to run from God and try to hide, which is impossible. When we are caught in our sin as Adam was we often try to put the blame on others. What Adam says is  true in part, but he is more concerned with the consequences of his sin than with what he has done. The awareness of his nakedness was more keenly in his mind than the fact that he had broken God’s command (v. 10). Sin causes us to think more about what will happen to us than the fact that we have disobeyed God.

Adam tries to shift the blame to the woman (vv. 11-12). Adam who is suppose to be the leader now admits that he is a follower. Furthermore,  he implies that if God had not given him the woman this act would not have taken place. As we can see, sin not only divided the family but it divides man from God. Just as Adam tries to find someone to blame so does Eve as she blames the serpent (v. 13). She has little or no concern over her guilt. Her main object is to  shift the blame from herself. The amazing thing is that God does not abandon man to his just deserts. Even though man has chosen to break away from his creator, God will not leave him in his lost condition.

Application

If I am honest I can see how I have acted in a similar way to what Adam and Eve did. I often need to go to I John 1:9 and simply confess my sin and not try to have an excuse.

Genesis 3:8-13 (English Standard Version)

And 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. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself." He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?" The man said, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate." Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this that you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

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