Genesis 3:8-10: Sin separates

“8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’ 10 He answered, ‘I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.’ “ NIV UK

One of the consequences of sin – in fact one of the most profound consequences – is that it separates people from God (Isaiah 52:1).

There is such a beautiful picture painted here of ‘’the LORD God…walking in the garden in the cool of the day…’’ (8). It speaks of God’s closeness and accessibility: His desire for human companionship, friendship and fellowship. But sin ruined all that. It brought shame and fear into the relationship from man’s side.

Realising the lost connection with heaven people attempt to solve the problem in their own ways. We sew together the ‘’fig leaves’’ of religiosity and good deeds, to try to cover our sin and guilt. But it doesn’t work. What we need is not a righteousness of our own making, but the clothing in that righteousness which is God’s gift (21). It comes through faith in Jesus (Romans 1:17; Romans 3:8,9).

‘God does not wait for Adam to find his own way back, but hastens in search of him.’ F.B.Meyer: ‘Devotional Commentary’, p.16.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord. You came to where we were to lift us to where you are.