The Question The Lord Asks Us All
“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)
Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves and hid from the Lord after their fall in the Garden. The Lord, in His mercy, sought out Adam and Eve. If He had not sought them out then their, and our, condition would be as hopeless as that of the fallen angels. But the Lord did seek them out and showed them a way that they might have fellowship with Him.
The Lord, of course, knew exactly where they were, but in asking the question, wanted Adam and Eve to see their true condition. The Lord does the same thing today. He calls out to everyone through His Word to show us where we are ( i.e. our lost condition), and to show us the “Way” to have fellowship with Him. Jesus said:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
Adam and Eve hid from God because of their disobedience, not due to any change in the Lord. They found that they couldn’t hide from God, and neither can we. They hid because of guilt. Sin causes us to feel guilty and we see God as someone to fear and hide from. We come to the Lord only by the Holy Spirit seeking us out just as the Lord sought out Adam and Eve.
By the Lord covering them with “coats of skin,” it showed them the seriousness of sin, in that, an innocent animal had to die. It also showed them, and us, that salvation is all of the Lord. The fig leaves they used to try and cover themselves were useless. Likewise, any attempt we make to cover our sin or live for the Lord by our efforts is useless and will be rejected by the Lord.
The “coats of skin” were a type, pointing to Calvary. It cost the Lord greatly to “cover” the sin that was a result of the fall in the Garden. We have a fallen nature and are unable to save ourselves. It took God becoming man and dying on a cruel cross to pay the price to redeem us.
Once we come to the Lord in repentance and faith, we are to continue to keep our faith in the “covering” the Lord has provided. The church in Ephesus in the Book of Revelation was admonished by the Lord for not doing this very thing:
“Nevertheless I (Jesus) have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love” (Revelation 2:4).
They had “left” their first love, which was faith in the only “covering” the Lord has provided – Christ and Him crucified. They had moved their faith to other things. They had fallen from grace, and this will lead any individual, or church, to spiritual wreckage. The question today from the Lord is the same: “Where are you?” Is our faith in the “covering” the Lord has provided or are we trusting in “fig leaves.” Paul said it best:
“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).
The “covering” has always been Christ and Him crucified. Just as the Lord covered Adam and Eve with the skin of a slain animal, the Lord covers us with the Blood of Jesus. Salvation is of the Lord from first to last. We praise his Name for His mercy and grace towards us.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (Titus 2:11).
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Tom Quinn Ministries – tqministries.com 2021
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