And what’s your answer to the question God asked Adam and Eve?
Adam and Eve heard the sound of God walking in the garden at the end of the day but they hid from God’s presence between the trees.
Why did they hide from God?
They had sinned for the first time in human history and were ashamed.
God called out to them with a question: “Where are you?”
God is almighty and all-knowing; did he not know where they were?
God knew where they were, the implied question was, “Why are you hiding?” God knows everything. Why did he ask them such a question if he knew the answer?
By asking the question, God gave Adam and Eve the opportunity to confess their sins and to repent.
Adam answered God, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself (Gen 3:10)
Adam didn’t answer the question, “Where are you?” He answered the implied question, “Why are you hiding?”
Bible Passage: Genesis 3
Where is Your Brother?
Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam and Eve. Cain was jealous of Abel and killed him. This was the first murder in the history of mankind.
God asked Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
Again God asked a question to give a person the opportunity to confess and repent.
Bible Passage: Genesis 4
Where Are You Going?
Hagar, a slave and pregnant with Abram’s child, fled from her mistress Sarah into the desert.
God asked Hagar, “Where are you going?”
This question brought Hagar to her senses. She realized what she was doing; she turned around and went back to her mistress.
Bible Passage: Genesis 16
What Is Your Answer?
Instead of repenting, Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake.
Cain lied to God instead of admitting his guilt.
Hagar heard the question in the question. She immediately stopped in her tracks and turned around and went back to her mistress.
Hagar did the right thing.
How would you answer God if he asked you where you are or where you’re going?
What questions has God asked you lately?
What was Jesus’ First Question?
Jesus was 12 years old when he went up to Jerusalem with his parents for the feast of Passover.
The Bible tells us that after the feast, Jesus stayed behind without his parents realizing it. They searched for him for 3 days among friends and family but didn’t find him.
When they realized he wasn’t traveling with them, the parents returned to Jerusalem to search for him there.
They found him in the Temple, among the teachers. Jesus was listening to them and asking them questions.
The first recorded question in the Bible that Jesus asked was when his parents found him, “Why do you seek me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?”
He returned obediently with his parents to Nazareth.
Bible Passage: Luke 2
Are You Seeking Jesus?
Do you seek answers everywhere except the Source?
Do you go on a wild goose chase, searching for the right answer? You know where you can find the answer, but you ignore the obvious, wasting time and energy searching at the wrong places.
You search for solutions among family, friends, and strangers, but you don’t find what you seek. When you’ve exhausted all possibilities, when you’ve hit the brick wall, and there’s no other option left, you return to the Source.
What will your answer be to Jesus when he asks you why you’re seeking him?
Will you tell him that it’s because you know his Your answer, your Savior?