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Genesis 3:9-13

Lesson # Genesis 3:9-13
Study Material - Genesis 3:9-13

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Gen. 3:9-13

9 Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, 'Where are you?' 10 And he said, 'I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.' 11 And He said, 'Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?' 12 And the man said, 'The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.' 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, 'What is this you have done?' And the woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'

Now the inevitable question comes from God, Jesus Christ who walks daily in the Garden with Adam and Eve. 'Where are you'? But this is not a question of location, but of condition. It is not a question for God to determine where Adam is hiding, because God knows where Adam is precisely. The question is for Adam to consider his position. Adam consider what you have done and where it has taken you.

This is a question that each of us should ask ourselves as well when we consider blaming God for our troubles, or when we consider giving in to some sin of some kind. Adam has lost everything for the sake of one little bite of fruit. To exchange ones total portfolio, 100% of ones assets and position, and status, for the false satisfaction of a sin, as Spock would say, is not logical.

So God is posing this question to make Adam realize his position and current predicament. Also it is God, the shepherd, who is seeking to find and retrieve the lost sheep. Not the sheep seeking to find his way home. We need to consider that if God did not come looking for us, we would be lost forever.

Separation from God means eternal hiding and unrest. Only when one returns to God, can one find rest in their life again. This rest is of course acquired through spiritual growth and the fellowship status with God in accordance with the process that God has provided for us.

Adams response, is his hearing God, his fear, his nakedness, and therefore he hid himself. Adam confesses to God his fear and trembling at the condition he has placed himself in. His nakedness which he did not consider before, but now is aware of. We are commanded to clothe ourselves with Christ. To put on the armor of Christ. We do this by means of learning doctrine.

When Adam became separated, a vacuum was created in his soul. An emptiness which only God can fill. Once separated from God we become disoriented in life and exposed to the jungle of this world, we are defenseless, unarmed, and open to all kinds of danger. Only with the armor of God fitted firmly in place on our person, which is in our soul, do we have security and safety, and a restored relationship with God and the prosperity which naturally goes with it.

God comes to Adam to provide a clear understanding of his (Adam's) position, and to provide a means of returning to the care and safety of God.

God very courteously questions Adam as to how he knew he was naked, and asks if he ate of the tree that was forbidden. God knows all our thoughts and actions, but requires of us to acknowledge to Him, our transgressions. This acknowledgment is not to inform God, but to bring us to the point of admitting responsibility for our own thoughts and actions. To humble us before God, and to place our arrogant attitude in check. Adam confesses but he also seeks to find a scape goat. He blames the woman, which of course God does not accept. We are all held accountable for what we do and think. We can not blame others, even though it is easy to do. None of us are guaranteed a perfect life in this world, but we can approach that perfect life by means of doctrine, if we will only pursue it. Most people don't. There again, they are without excuse, because they do not seek God's wisdom in the course of their life.

Rom 7:11, Sin kills us when we embrace it. Heb. 3:13, Sin also hardens the heart thus preventing truth from getting into ones understanding. Adam confessed the eating and so did the woman, but they went further to try to justify their sin. Adam blamed the woman and even implied that because God gave him the woman, that God was responsible for the sin as well. The woman blamed the serpent, which was just an animal, but she was unaware of the possession Satan had taken in the serpent, and that it was Satan who was the deceiver. Still they sought some kind of excuse for their actions.

Sin in the life distorts life in its entirety. Everything becomes relative and acceptable. Those who are in power and have control of society can set the stage for their kind of morals. Sometimes they might be good for society, but often they are bad, and involve genocide, witch burning, injustices of all kinds. Sin is the biggest evil in history, and our worst enemy, because it originates inside each one of us. The only defense we have against it is to replace our thinking in our souls with Bible doctrine, which neutralizes sin and the power of the sin nature over our lives.

James 1:14, though Satan is the original deceiver, we are all open to temptation. And when we succumb to sin we are at fault for our decision.

So the brief trial is now completed. The charges were brought, the confessions and excuses heard, and the judgment will be made known. But God does not slam the door shut permanently, but gives us a way out of this predicament. And we will see in the next lesson, that the way out will be probably more than you realize, as God sets up a very unique resolution to the problem mankind has gotten himself into.

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