Adam, Where Are You?

Uh oh. Sounds like God has misplaced his first human being. Maybe God is just near sighted. Perhaps there’s an alternative answer.

We know that God is omnipotent (having all power), omnipresent (present everywhere at once), and omniscient (knowing all things). These are basic theological, undisputed truths of God. If he is not any of these things then He cannot be God.

So if God is omniscient, when He asks questions is He looking for knowledge? No. God knows all things therefore there must be another logical answer to why He asks questions.
I believe that when He asks us questions He is:

 1. Calling our rebellion into focus. "Adam where are you?" This isn’t a question to find a lost man, rather a question for a lost man to ask himself, "Where am I?". "I am hiding from God, who has given me life, work, and joy. Why am I hiding?" We have been rebels since the day we were born. All we know is rebellion.

 2. To help us address our transgression. Oh we love to shift the blame. In genesis we see Adam first accuse God saying it was the woman “YOU” gave me! Then he subtly places the blame on her, although it was Adams job to protect and care for the garden.
We love a scapegoat, in fact, the scapegoat was used in the Old Testament as a form of forgiveness. (Lev 16:8-10)

The sins of the community were placed on the goat and then the goat was sent out of the city to die. Sounds familiar doesn’t it.

We must come to terms with what has been done. We should be moved by God's provision being violated

3. Lastly to bring us into repentance.
In this stage we see the fruit of the rebellion. Adam was told that the ground would be cursed and bear thistles and thorns, and he would work the land until his body returned to it.
Repentance is the sorrow caused by our rebellion and transgression. Now, on our own we cannot do anything to “repay” or “make right” our offense. All have sinned, and those wages are death. But Christ in his great mercy was obedient unto death to pay a debt that we can’t. Now, therefore, we can come boldly before God and cast ourselves on the grace of God, because there is no condemnation for those who are in Jesus, believing in what he has done.
Be constantly aware of what God has done and walk in the great grace that was unconditionally extended for you and me. Walk in obedience of what Jesus has said and you will experience a closeness you have never known.

Levi Molkentin