DayBreaks for 7/29/14 – What God Was Looking for In Eden
Galen is traveling through 8/5/14…new DayBreaks will resume after he returns.
From the DayBreaks archive, 7/21/2004:
Genesis 3:8-13 (NLT) – Toward evening they heard the Lord God walking about in the garden, so they hid themselves among the trees. The Lord God called to Adam, “Where are you?” He replied, “I heard you, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.” “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?” “Yes,” Adam admitted, “but it was the woman you gave me who brought me the fruit, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God asked the woman, “How could you do such a thing?” “The serpent tricked me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
What do you suppose it sounds like when God walks? My first reaction is to think of the Jurassic Park movies – and I imagine that God’s footsteps must sound like the mighty cinematic beasts created by the movie makers. But, I doubt that’s what it would really sound like. It would imagine that it was more like the sound of the wind in the trees, but that’s not the point.
God comes walking in the garden – and He knows something has changed. Something is different. And He knows exactly what it is. Yet, as He comes, his first question is “Where are you?” Why do you think that God asked such a question? There can be no doubt that God knew exactly where Adam and Eve were hiding. Adam said he was hiding because he was naked. I don’t think that his literal nakedness is why he was hiding from God. He knew that God has already seen him naked. But now he knew that his “clothing” of innocence had been taken away, and the shame of his spiritual nakedness before God was more than he wanted to reveal, so he tried to hide.
What was it that God wanted when He came into the garden that evening? I believe we get a hint from the third question that God asks: “Have you eaten the fruit I commanded you not to eat?” What God was really doing with this question was giving Adam and Eve a chance to confess to Him what they’d done. And, to their credit, they do – well, sort of.
Adam admitted his wrong and Eve didn’t deny it, either. But was this true confession? No. It wasn’t even close. Adam admitted he ate the fruit, but took no responsibility for his actions, instead blaming them on his bride. And Eve, following the pattern of Adam, passed the buck along to the serpent. Admitting that we’ve done something wrong is only the very first part of confession – the real heart of confession is taking the blame squarely on our shoulders – not trying to blame society, our spouse, our co-worker, the nasty lady at the bank, the too-spicy tamales that we ate last night, the media or anything or anyone other than ourselves for what we’ve done. That is the heart of confession. That is what God was looking for in Eden – confession – and instead He got a blame game.
Isn’t that like most of us? “Yes, you caught me with my hand in the cookie jar again, God, but…”. “Yes, Lord, I’ve been thinking of cheating on my spouse, but it’s her/his fault, you know…”. “Yes, Lord, I know it’s wrong to steal, but if you hadn’t caused my car to break down I’d have had the money I needed and I wouldn’t have had to do this.”
God stills walks this earth, calling out to us: “Where are you? Have you don’t the thing I commanded you not to do?” He wants our heart-felt confession. Will you give Him yours?
PRAYER: Father, we have so many sins to confess! Help us to see you as the One who is eager to hear our confession…and to forgive! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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