Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

Three Wrong Responses to God’s Question


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Kim Hopper singing “Love Lifted Me”

 

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #15 | with Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Genesis 3:8-15 “And they heard the voice 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 amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

As we read this passage, it is easy for us to focus on Adam and Eve’s sin and how God punished them by throwing them out of the Garden. But today, I want you to focus on God’s immediate reaction to the Fall of Man.

When the news of the Fall reached Heaven, the very first thing that God did was come straight down to seek out those who had sinned against Him. Just as he had many times before, He walked through the Garden looking for Adam and Eve who should have come running to meet Him. Instead, Adam and Eve hid from God, and God had to search for His creatures. Imagine, God Almighty walking through a Garden that He made calling out for the creatures He made, “Adam, where art thou? Where art thou?”

Adam and Eve, who immediately felt their separation from God after their sin, should have been the ones crying out for God and searching for Him. But God instead left Heaven to search the Garden for these two who had sinned — not to destroy them from the face of the earth, but to plan a way to rescue them from the misery of their sin. Instead of finding them running to Him in penitence and repentance, God finds Adam and Eve hiding among the trees in the Garden.

I said all of that to say this: Because of Adam’s sin, all of us — Adam’s descendants — are sinners. There is a barrier between us and God. The natural reaction of a person who has a broken relationship with God is to hide from Him. But God, like a good shepherd who searches for a lost sheep, follows the sinner to his hiding place calling out, “Where art thou?”

Right there in the Garden of Eden, God set in motion a plan to save His fallen creation from their sins. The Bible says, “the wages of sin is death…” God knew that someone would have to die for the sins of the world. And so, as part of His plan, about four thousand years after the Fall, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Because of Christ’s death on the cross, the door was again opened for man to have a right relationship with God.

Now, God calls out to man in love and compassion pleading with Him to accept the gift of salvation. Unfortunately, some people don’t answer God’s call as they should. Let’s look briefly at three wrong responses to God’s question.