The first question asked of man

Spiritual Outlook with K.A. Zachary

The Holy Bible reveals attributes or characteristics of God. One of the attributes of God revealed in the Scripture is God’s omniscience. The word “omniscient” means “all knowing.” God knows all things past, present and future. Acknowledging the omniscience of God, we may conclude that God never needs to ask a question for information. However, every Bible reader knows that the Bible contains recorded Divine questions. Let’s note the first recorded Divine question in the Bible.

According to the third chapter of Genesis, after Adam and Eve had disobeyed God by eating fruit of the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God came to them with a question echoing throughout the garden of Eden. The question was, “Adam, where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). Having sinned, Adam and Eve had sewn leaves together to make a camouflage suit in an attempt to blend with their environment and hide from God. The camouflage did not work, God knew their exact location. So, why do we find in the text God asking a question concerning Adam’s position?

The question in Genesis 3:9 does not speak of a lack of information on God’s part. The question was echoed in Eden to cause Adam and Eve to consider where they were at the time. They were actually hiding from God, something they had never done before. They were camouflaged with a suit of leaves, something they had never worn before. They were afraid, a sense they had never felt before. They were aware of the meaning of evil, something they had never known before. The reason God asked the question was to cause Adam and Eve to awaken to their condition. When Adam heard the question and realized his condition he came out of hiding.

The first recorded question asked of man was a Divine question. That question is still echoing from the pages of Scripture to all people throughout the world and it is being asked because God wants people to realize where they are without Him.

The Genesis text reveals Adam and Eve as representatives of every person living away from God. First, you are a sinner, and you are fighting hard not to admit the effect it is having on your life. Second, you are probably hiding a lot of things you hope no one ever discovers. Third, you may be wearing a mask of camouflage to conceal your real identity. Fourth, you may think often of things beyond your control: sickness, death, and the day of judgment.

After Adam and Eve sinned, the knowledge of evil immediately began to cause their sickened souls to conclude that the best remedy was to hide from God. Also, Adam and Eve were told that death was the consequence of disobedience, and it would be safe to assume the subject of death was on their mind. Finally, we should realize that God’s call was announcement that the day of accounting had come. Sinners should think of the day of accounting, for death is not the end, it is only the step out of hiding to have a personal meeting with God.

God knows our need and has provided the remedy for our condition. He loves us so much He sent His Son, to come to our rescue. Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). The first question asked of man reveals the need of an answer, a true solution to a major problem. God gave the solution and the answer in the work Christ accomplished on the cross. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Submitted by K.A. Zachary, Pastor of New Covenant Church, 215 Florida Ave., Denham Springs. Contact Rev. Zachary at 225-664-0858.