Where Are You?

Genesis 3:8-9
“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
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Adam and Eve had once enjoyed close, personal, sweet, face-to-face fellowship with God.  Then, in a decision that would change the world forever, they disobeyed Him and ate the fruit of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.
Immediately, they knew something was different.  The glory of the LORD had left them and they knew they were naked, so they attempted to cover themselves with fig leaves.
Soon afterward, the LORD came looking for them.  But now, Adam and Eve were afraid of Him, so they hid themselves.
The First Question In The Old Testament.
Why did the LORD God say to them, “Where are you?”  That’s kind of a strange thing for Him to say.  Doesn’t He know all things?
Well yes, of course He does.  Didn’t He know where they were?   Of course He did.  So, why did He ask the question?
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The Law Of First Mention.
There is a “Law,” if you will, of first mention in studying the Bible that says, “Any time a subject or word is first mentioned, there is something important for us to learn.  It is the principle of interpreting of Scripture which states that “The first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern with that subject. It remains unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.”
God’s question is the very first one recorded in the Bible. It shows us what was on His mind.  You see, God didn’t ask it because HE didn’t know where they were:  The problem was, THEY didn’t know where they were, since sin entered in.
Now, it was His sorrowful task to tell them where they were; to explain the consequences of their breaking of the one and only commandment that was then in force:  Don’t eat from that tree.
The answer to the LORD’s question, however, would have no answer until some 4,000 years later.
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Broken Relationship.
How terribly heartbroken He must have been to have to tell His beloved ones of their fallen condition and their now broken relationship.  There would no more sweet fellowship, no more face to face walks and talks with Him in the cool of the garden, no more intimate communion together, and no longer could they see Him face to face.
As if that were not bad enough, they would be under the curses that came along with their fallen state.  First God cursed the serpent for what he did.  Then He told the woman that her child bearing would be painful.  Then Adam would have to till the ground and provide for his family by the sweat of his brow.
It was a very sad time indeed.
(Wise men ask Herod where Jesus would be born)
The First Question In The New Testament.
Whereas the first question recorded in scripture is the one from Genesis 3, the answer to God’s question would not come until Wise Men from the East came asking of King Herod where Messiah would be born.  This is first question recorded in the New Testament.
The Answer.
In the gospel of Matthew, the Holy Spirit eloquently records the answer to both questions for us:
Matthew 2:1-2
1 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, WHERE IS HE THAT IS BORN KING OF THE JEWS? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”
The answer is “COME.  COME AND WORSHIP HIM Who is born King of the Jews.”
Come As You Are.
The answer is, “Come and seek Jesus!  Come and worship Him.”  He is the answer to all your problems.  He is the One Who can redeem your situation.
Wherever you are, whatever you’ve done, whatever your situation in life, COME, just as you are.  Come and find Jesus, the only One Who is worthy of all our worship and praise!  He paid a debt He did not owe for us who owed a debt we could not pay.
His offer is still standing.  He is still holding out His nail-pierced hand offering salvation freely to “Whosoever will.”  Accept His free gift, which was anything but free to Him.
It cost Jesus and His Father EVERYTHING!  But He paid it for us willingly.  HALLELUJAH !
What better gift could you get for Christmas, your birthday or, for that matter, at any time of the year?!  It’s the BEST GIFT OF ALL:  Eternal life…..The FREE gift that keeps on giving!
If you don’t know or you’re not sure whether or not you have that gift, come…..just as you are.  Come and meet the One Who died in your place to save you, if you’ll let Him.  Don’t be afraid to trust in Him as your Savior.  His promise to you is that you will never perish, but have everlasting life.
So now, when someone asks you the question, “Where are you?” you can have the answer!

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