Genesis 3:8 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.
The passage in chapter three tells us that when Yahwey called out to Adam, he and Eve hid themselves from the presence of the LORD, because they were afraid. They used to walk with Him and now they were afraid. What made them afraid? Was it the knowledge of their disobedience? Was their own shame and guilt causing them to think that they could hide? Were they expecting judgment?
Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD. ~ Jeremiah 23:24
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. ~ Hebrews 4:13
The words written in the Bible do not merely speak in dead tones of something that is past and forgotten or even done away with. The words written there-in, applies living truth to us and is as relevant in our lives today as it was to the folks mentioned in the beginning of created time. We can read with an open heart and mind and let the word penetrate deeply into our daily lives. The inner reflections and attitudes of the heart will come under judgment when the Holy Spirit wants to convict us of whatever He deems necessary and this is why we read that all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
The word of Yahwey is in Yahushua. When He returns to conquer the wicked at the END OF DAYS, He is called ‘the word of Elohim’ and out of His mouth comes a sharp sword; while the eyes of Him to whom we must render an account are described as “like a fiery flame” (Rev 19:11-15). Yahwey has committed all judgment to His Son. Even though Yahushua will one day be our judge, He is now our intercessor and advocate so that we can call upon His favor in our time of need.
Back to our story, when Yah called out to Adam, was His voice filled with conviction as a Father’s voice would sound when we know we have done something wrong?
In verse ten, Adam said that he was afraid because he had recognized his nakedness. So we know it wasn’t the voice of the LORD that gave him fear. After Cain killed his brother Abel, it is said that he went ‘out’ from the presence of the LORD’ so that sounds like to me that prior to his sin of murder, Cain may have lived under something like the protective hand of the Lord. I say that only because we know that before he did go out from the presence of the LORD into the land of Nod, Yahwey placed a sign of protection upon Cain so that no one should hurt him. (The LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. part B of Genesis 4:15)
Later on in time, somehow Job also knew that Adam had tried to hide his sin. When Job was talking to Bildad the Shuhite, he asked the following question: “If I covered my transgressions as Adam, by hiding mine iniquity in my bosom” ~ Job 31:33 The word transgression is pesha` in Strongs Hebrew, pronounced peh’-shah from 6586; a revolt (national, moral or religious):–rebellion, sin, transgression, trespass.
At first I thought that Adam didn’t recognize his sin but he did. He tried to hide himself. He had eaten the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and his nakedness showed him his own disgrace and shame. Sin had entered through his mouth and had now filled his body with sin because he had disobeyed the voice of Yahwey Who had told him directly, not to eat of the tree in the midst of the garden.
Elohim had said, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Why was Adam so easily persuaded by his wife when she held out the forbidden fruit to him? He knew better. He knew what Elohim had told him.
Before Adam had trespassed the known will of Elohim, he had been covered by the glory and presence of the Lord and he didn’t even know that he was naked. Now he did. When Elohim asked Adam how he knew he was naked, Yahwey also asked Adam if he had eaten of the tree which He had commanded him not to. His knowledge of nakedness must have come from having eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and that is how he knew he was naked. In my mind, Yahwey was asking Adam to confess his sin but Adam wasn’t willing too. Some think that Adam blamed it on his wife. It was after all; his wife who gave to him and he did eat. Nevertheless, Adam was speaking of a truth and not really placing blame.
Much later in time after the crucifixion, Paul wrote a letter to Timothy whom he considered as his own son. He wrote that Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. (1st Timothy 2:14) Paul believed that Adam wasn’t deceived either by the serpent or his wife and that it was Eve who was the transgressor because she was. She is the one who listened to the serpent and lusted for what she saw. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Eve had broken the breech between she and Yahwey and her consciousness of sin intensified causing her to want to hide from the Holy presence of our Father, thus arousing her desire for redemption.
Adam was clearly not deceived. Adam knew full well the punishment for disobedience, yet he took from his wife and ate that which He had been commanded not too. He knew what the consequence of what was going to be and yet he did it anyway. He made a conscience decision to do what he did. He took and he did eat.
Oftentimes sin can be a process of delusion. Yahwey and Adam had once had a very close relationship. Who knows, perhaps Adam thought that Yahwey wouldn’t follow through on the punishment for disobedience. When we are so close to Yahwey, we might think that He would not punish us when we go out from His presence and transgress His law, but this is delusional thinking. His law is what shows us His grace and mercy when we do commit a sin and His Son Yahushua has shown us that this is a certain path to walk. If we follow in His footsteps, we would be less likely to stumble. At least we will not suffer the consequence of certain death should we transgress the law because the law of the Spirit of life in Yahushua HaMashiach has made us free from the law of sin and death. We are no longer subject to the penalty of death that is written in the Torah.
I think of delusional thinking when I think of people who are on medication for depression. When someone is depressed and they are prescribed medication, over a period of time they feel so good they think they do not need the medication anymore. This is delusional thinking. It is only because of the medication that they do feel so good.
The Torah tells us that the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field. It is this same serpent that is out to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. It is Yahushua Who came so that humankind might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. It is Yahushua Who has given us access to the presence of Yahwey and Whose voice we need to be attentive too because He loves us and wants us to have an abundant life. It is Yahwey Who sent His only begotten Son so that we could build on a relationship with Him, through the presence of the Holy Spirit. It is this Elohim, this God who wanted to walk with Adam in the garden in the cool of the day and called out to Adam, “Where art thou?” He was looking for Adam because He wanted to be in his presence, just as much as Adam wanted to be in the presence of the Lord except that this day, Adam had thrown it all away when he took from his wife and did eat, that which became the downfall of all humanity… ergo disobedience.
Disobedience separates us from the presence of The Lord God Almighty. The wrath of Elohim comes on the children of disobedience. It only makes perfect sense that we would want to walk with Yahwey in the cool of the day, rather than spend our lives running or hiding from Him. He wants to be with us, love us and walk along side of us. He wants to be in our presence just as much as we want to be in His.
1st Chronicles 16:33 says this: Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because He cometh to judge the earth. Isaiah said that one day will come when all the trees of the field will clap their hands before the LORD.
Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. One day when the restitution of all things has come, I think we are going to see this world in a whole new light.
We too can be close to Him in His presence and His loving nearness. Like Adam, Moses, Abraham and King David, we can experience His mercy and grace as we come face to face with Him in our daily communion as we sit at His feet, reading of His word, meditating upon it and spending time being still as the spirit reveals and opens up the word of Elohim in our hearts. We can hold firmly to the truths that are revealed to us and the hope that we have in Yahushua HaMashiach as our High Priest, just as if we are holding the very hand of the One Who created us.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; ~ Acts 3:19