Where Are You?

The story of Adam and Eve is one of the first Bible stories that we learn, most of us since childhood. God had planted a beautiful garden to be their home.  The Bible tells us in Genesis 2:25 – “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”  But a few verses later we read that after Adam and Eve had sinned by disobeying God, “the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings”.  Also, the Bible goes on to say that Adam told God he heard God’s voice and was afraid because he was naked.  So what changed?   Why was a covering necessary after they sinned but not before? For the answer, we must go to Psalms.  We find in Psalm 8:5 that when God created man, He crowned him with glory and honor. The original Hebrew for crowned here means to encircle or surround for protection.  So man was literally clothed with God’s glory!  Now we know from many references in the Bible that no one can see God’s glory and live.  Before sin entered the world through Adam, God not only walked along side Adam in the garden, but God’s glory was his covering. The difference before and after was sin.  After Adam sinned, everything changed.  Through sin, Adam lost his covering so God had to sacrifice an innocent animal to provide a covering for him.  When God first asked Adam “Where are you?”, perhaps He wasn’t referencing the physical, but rather the spiritual separation between them. And it continues today that man is born with that sin nature that separates him from God.  But now, instead of sacrificing an animal, God has provided His son Jesus as the final sacrifice for sin to end that separation.  So that leaves us with God’s original question – “Where are you?”

5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. Psalm 8:5 (NLT)

18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”…… 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.” Exodus 33:18 & 20 (NIV)

15 which God will bring about in his own time–God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see…  1 Timothy 6:15-16 (NIV)