Three Questions for Adam and Eve and Us

Three Questions for Adam and Eve and Us
February 13, 2022
Passage: Genesis 3:8-11
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We're going to look at one of the aspects of the story of Adam and Eve. We see that Adam and Eve were created and were given certain commands. To tend the garden, to not eat of the Tree of Knowledge. We know what happened, the serpent, being cunning, Satan in the form of a serpent, tempted Adam and Eve and they did eat.

The story of Adam and Eve found in Genesis 1:26 – 3:24 is a fascinating one.

Scripture clearly tells us that the things which are recorded in the Old Testament are for our learning, Romans 15:4.

The Old Testament also provides examples for our admonition.

  • 1 Corinthians 10:11

There are things particularly in this story that admonish us, to not make the same kinds of mistakes.

The account of Adam and Eve is significant to us. They are our first parents. They are the reason we are here today. Their story provides the earliest account of man’s origin.

It is also through Adam and Eve that sin first entered into the world and death because of sin.

  • Romans 5:12

However, it was also the start of the plan of redemption put into action.

  • Genesis 3:8

Because of their sin, mankind lost communion with God. They lost the home that God had provided for them in the garden.

  • Genesis 3:23-24

That home can only be regained through our submission to Christ.

  • John 14:1-3
  • Hebrews 5:9

As we read the Biblical account of Adam and Eve’s sin. We will look at the three questions God asked Adam and Eve after they sinned and examine each question to see what applications we can make from them today.

First Question for Adam and Eve

"Where art thou?" — Genesis 3:9

It was not that God did not know where they were. He knew exactly where they were, but rather, God asked this question of Adam so that he might take note of his situation. The basis of God's question to Adam was so that he would be forced to realize that he was out of unity with God. There is nothing that Adam and Eve could have told God that He did not already know.

The question to ask ourselves is why did God ask Adam, “Where art thou?” We see the reason behind the question when we note Adam’s answer.

  • Genesis 3:9-10

In essence, Adam said, “I'm over here hiding! I'm not where I ought to be!” The basis of this question was to force Adam to realize he was out of step, out of unity, with God.

Let us consider this question in our circumstances today? Where are YOU in your relationship with God?

Many are wandering around in the darkness of this world trying to find a way out of darkness, many are wandering not knowing where they are going?

Thus, the question to us today... Where are you? Am I right with God, where I ought to be? How do I stand in terms of my obedience to Him? How do I stand religiously... for God, or ashamed of the Gospel? Do you have any idea of where you ought to be? The Bible tells us where we ought to be, yet many are not in the right place.

Adam was sure of where he ought to have been and knew that he was not in the right place.

We are going to stand before God one day and give an account of ourselves, so we must find out where we are today so that we might be confident to find ourselves in the right place when Christ returns.

The Apostle John says that our assurance comes from reading the things that are written in the Word of God.

  • 1 John 5:13

We can examine our lives in the light of scripture and know where we stand. Adam knew that he had sinned, and could not be in the presence of God, therefore he hid himself.

It is important that we walk with God, as this is the "whole duty of man..."

  • Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Everything that man was created for, is to fear God and keep His commandments. The importance of being in the right place can be found in several passages.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • Romans 8:1
  • 2 Corinthians 13:5

We need to be found in Christ, as a new creature, where there is no condemnation. We can examine ourselves to know if we are in the faith. We see the importance of being in the right place with Christ because we can know if we are in the right place in the light of the scriptures.

Have you come to Christ, yielding submission to His will, and be obedient to all His commands?

If not your answer to the question that God asked Adam, would be the same as his... I'm not where I ought to be, I'm trying to hide from you!

When the Lord returns, where will you be found? Will you be found working in His service, or hiding from Him?

Second Question to Adam and Eve

"Who told thee that thou wast naked?” 

  • Genesis 3:11

This is another thought-provoking question. We might consider this to be a ridiculous question, but under the circumstances, Adam and Eve had no prior knowledge of Good and Evil, and they had been naked all the time they had been in the garden of Eden.

  • Genesis 2:25

We don't know how long they were in this state of innocence, however, this was changed by their actions. Their realization of their nakedness was due to the fact that they had lost their innocence. Those who have developed a knowledge of Good and Evil will be held accountable before God.

Let us turn our attention back to the first half of the question... “Who told you that…?

We hear many things that are contrary to clear Biblical teaching. When speaking with other religious people about these things, the question to ask is, “Who told you that?

We hear that man can be saved by faith only. Who told you that? Was it man, or God?

  • James 2:24

We hear that we don't have to be baptized for the remission of sins. Who told you that? Was it the Lord, or man?

  • Mark 16:16

We hear that one cannot fall from grace. Who told you that? Was it man, or God?

  • Galatians 5:4

We hear about this ecumenism, that all religious people are simply taking different paths to God. Who told you that? Was it man, or God?

  • John 14:6

He said, "Who told thee that thou wast naked?" The point of this question was so that Adam would realize the true source of authority – God!

I believe that the most quoted person in the world today is "Somebody." I would really like to meet this, somebody.

God asked, “who told thee…?" He basically was saying... It was not ME!

We need to give everything we hear the same simple test that the Berean Jews gave the words of Paul.

  • Acts 17:11

Where is the source of Authority? It is God and His Word.

Third Question for Adam and Eve

 “Have you sinned?” 

  • Genesis 3:11

“Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”

God knew that Adam had eaten the fruit, but God wanted Adam to acknowledge his sin. Getting people to acknowledge their sins is difficult to do.

Usually, we can see the sins of others before we see our own but heed the warning of Christ.

  • Matthew 7:1-5

We need to examine ourselves and realize that we all have sinned. It's easy to see the sin of others. But we must examine ourselves to see if we have sin in our own lives.

  • Romans 3:28
  • 1 John 1:8-10

It is also difficult to get people to take responsibility for their own sins.

  • Genesis 3:12-13

Adam first tried to blame Eve and in so doing attempted to cast some of the blame upon God. Eve tried to blame the serpent. “The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat….

  • Ezekiel 18:20

The importance of observing this question is that we must acknowledge our sin, take responsibility for it, and truly repent of it, with a contrite heart and Godly sorrow.

Our own sin is our own responsibility.

  • 2 Corinthians 7:10

We must come before God humbly, with a broken and contrite spirit.

  • Psalm 51:16-17
  • Acts 17:30-31

The importance of this question can be seen today, have I sinned? if so, what am I going to do about it?

These thought-provoking questions of God, are of uttermost importance to us today: Where are you today in your relationship with God? What is your source of information?

We need to recognize our sin and determine what we will do about it.

It is my prayer this morning that we all one day can answer these questions with "I'm in the Lord, He is my source of Authority, and I have redemption from my sins through His blood."

Truly it is a blessing to be able to say that if I died today, I would be with the Lord forever. Can you say that? If not, why not come to Christ obeying His word, repenting of your sins, and be baptized to wash them away?

If you need to acknowledge your sin and be saved by the blood of Christ, we invite you to contact us.

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