WHERE ART THOU Andy Hollifield 11-10-17
Genesis 3:9 And the Lord God called unto Adam and said unto him, Where art thou?
Mark 5:6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
I heard this thought mentioned recently and it is a question that we should ask ourselves not just once, but actually on a daily basis: Where art thou? There are usually two typical responses to Christ; either you hide as Adam and Eve did or you hurry to him when he gets anywhere around to worship him. One thing that I noticed when looking at just these two verses is that the responses you would expect didn’t come from the ones you would expect them from. That would be a very valuable lesson if we would just take heed to it. The man who was close to God probably the day before was hiding from him the next day and the man who was possessed with many devils, came running to Jesus from afar off when he first saw him. That is just totally the opposite of what you would expect. You would think that a man possessed with all of those devils would try to stay as far away and out of sight from God.
I want to look at Adam for just a few minutes and the walk he had with the Lord. If you look at Genesis 2:7-8 you find that God formed man and then “planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” My point here is that God fixed a place especially for the man he had made. In 2:15 it says “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress and keep it.” The greatest thing I noticed was that after he had formed Adam, he planted the garden just for him then put him in it. I want you to get a picture of this. God had formed Adam with his hands and then breathed life into him, then he put him in the garden after he had planted it. I hadn’t seen that before. I actually noticed three things about Adam that I hadn’t seen before. First, God fixed him a place and physically put him in it. Can’t you just see Adam having that constant communion with God?
The next thing he done was to give him a position. He made it Adam’s responsibility to dress and keep the garden he had put him in and to till the ground and to name every living thing on earth and in 1:26 he said that man would have dominion over all of the earth and every living thing that was in it. Verse 19 in chapter 2 was also something I hadn’t really paid attention to. It says that God BROUGHT every living creature he had made “unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” In order for God to BRING the creatures to Adam, he would have to be in the garden with him. Can you imagine that; the creator of the universe bringing all the creatures he had made to you to have you to name them? That would have really been a sweet position to be in. God knowing all things, knew what Adam would name them but he let Adam do it. To give you an example, how excited do we get at the idea of picking out a name for a new puppy or even for a new child? Now, that puts Adam’s position in a whole different light when you start thinking about him getting to name every living creature as God himself BROUGHT them to him.
The third thing I noticed was the fact that of all the creatures he had made, God hadn’t made a helpmate for Adam. That wasn’t an oversight on God’s part. I personally believe that he wanted all along to take the rib from Adam to make Eve so that they would genuinely be “one flesh.” In verse 22, he BROUGHT her to him. God had put Adam to sleep and removed a rib and made Adam’s helpmate. It doesn’t say at what point Adam got his name from God but he was the one that called his helpmate “woman.” My point is that God gave him a person. I also noticed that Eve never had a name until after God had pronounced the curse upon the serpent to crawl on his belly, the woman to have labour in bearing children, and then Adam even cursing the ground because of him and pronouncing that he would have to work the ground in order to eat and even told him that he would now die and return to the dust he came from. It was right after the curses that Adam named her Eve because she was the mother of all living.
A place, a position, and a person. There was a lot lost to mankind that day. No more would he be able to have the personal, physical, presence of the Lord walking with him on a daily basis. He lost his place and his position even though he retained dominion over the earth. Now he would have to fight for it because the animals would no longer be tame and subservient to the man as they had been in the past. And yes, he also would at some point lose, through death, the helpmate God had given him. I also noticed something else while reading this. Even though the bible list very specifically that Adam lived 930 years and had begotten sons and daughters after Seth had been born, there is no mention that I found of the death of Eve. Seth was the godly line of Adam after Abel’s death and it was after the birth of Seth’s son Enos that men began “to call upon the name of the Lord.”
Mankind went from having complete dominion over creation and physically walking and talking with God to spending a lot of years apparently without contact and then having to call upon God because he was no longer present physically with man. Before we get too hard on Adam, we have to look at ourselves. That bridge of reconciliation between God and man was replaced by Jesus death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. We now have that constant direct access although not in the physical presence of God. But yet, we too often sell out that contact by the sin we allow in our lives. Just as Adam, simply because we don’t listen to God and follow his instructions, we wind up falling out of fellowship and losing the sweet communion we can now have with God. Eve may have been deceived but Adam sinned willingly. How often do we allow that fellowship to be broken because we willingly go against the commandments of God even though we know it will cost us our position spiritually with the Lord. Just because that communion and fellowship was lost in the garden doesn’t mean that we have to lose it now. Think of the price of disobedience before you sacrifice your place of communion with God by the temporary pleasure of sin. Will you hide or will you run to him to worship him? Where art thou? Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!