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GOD’S STORY: part 47 GOD’s 4 Questions

“Cursed is the ground for your sake….”

How did man fall?

What were GOD’s 4 questions to Adam that preceeded the fall of mankind?

GOD created man in His own image, out of His creativity and for fellowship.

But He also gave one condition… Man failed to uphold the condition and through scripture we observe the fallout:

“Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him,

“Where are you?”

So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

So the Lord God said to the serpent:

“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.

And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”

To the woman He said:

“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”

Then to Adam He said, 

“Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:

“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.

Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.

In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:9-19)

How does GOD’s respond to Adam’s disobedience?

Surely GOD knew all that had happened in the Garden and yet He asked Adam 4 questions. How He must have felt such deep sorrow as He observed Adam digging himself deeper when he didn’t trust GOD enough to just admit his sin but instead, though he answered factually, he deflected the blame.

What is GOD’s response to the  disobedience of Man? It appears to me that it isn’t only the disobedience but something else that touches GOD deeply as well. 

Preparing the Bride for GOD’s Story

How do we prepare as the Bride of Christ? One aspect is to learn GOD’S STORY. He created us in His image…. Piece by piece, and peace by peace, we learn to walk as He has walked. And we learn His perspective.

GOD’s 4 questions

Adam hid and what did GOD do? He asked Adam questions.

Adam did not conceal his guilt when GOD asked him where he was, but he did divert it. I think this is the core issue with his fall.

Avoiding responsibility, avoiding shame

Adam diverted responsibility. I wonder if this is his greater crime?

What if Adam had repented then and there? What if he’d taken full responsibility rather than fearing, hiding, pointing his finger at his wife? Would GOD have responded differently?

Did GOD ask Adam questions to invite him to confess? Would it have made a difference to the curse or the consequence?

Knowledge of good and evil

We aren’t meant to know good from evil and yet we tend to weigh our decisions using a strategy of working out what is the good behaviour or good action verses the bad? Adam was suddenly aware of his wrong-doing and became afraid. He didn’t trust GOD to deal righteously. Rather, Adam didn’t want the consequence of his action and so first he covered himself and hid, then he tried to dilute his sin by pointing the finger elsewhere.

Is each of us living free from shame as we’re meant to be?

Shame is a hurdle most of us encounter and must learn to overcome. 

When we do wrong, we may try to hide behind lies; this triggers our own shame. We choose this path rather than to hold up our hands and admit our guilt. Had we been obedient in the first place, we could have avoided so much pain.

GOD’s broken heart, GOD’s desire

To live free from shame, first we choose to trust a sovereign and kind GOD, then we bring light into our situation by being transparent, seeking to admit our sin and walk in love and obedience. When we have nothing to hide, we walk without shame, and enjoy the joy of the LORD. This is GOD’s passion for us.

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