1. Where are you?
The original "Hide and Seek" game is found in Genesis, Chapter 3. It talks about the origin of sin in the world. The immediate context is of disobedience, hiding, coverup and excuses. Adam, who has been made by God and for God, is actually running away from God.
9 But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
Adam is not dissimilar to the rest of us. This road, while futile and foolish, never the less is crowded. It is not that people don't understand the Truth, it is that they suppress it. What may be known about God is plain to man because God has made it plain. (Romans 1:18-20) The moral problems we have today are directly tied to the response Adam had to God.
Three observations about this question:
- This is an unusual question. This question turns on it's head the notion that "man is looking for God". The Bible tells us the total reverse. We are the one's avoiding God and God is the one asking "Where are you?" If God knows everything, why does He have to ask? When God asks us a question, He does it so we face up to the answer.
- This is actually a kind question. Instead of acting purely out of justice, he asks this question to draw man out of hiding toward Himself. He could have rightly carried out the death sentence for sin at that very instant, but here is a clear example of God's grace. How kind is our God. God does not give to man what we justly deserve, but because of His kindness, He grants to us what we don't deserve. There is nothing great in man that draws God to him, but it is God's kindness. There is nothing we can do to earn God's grace, and there is nothing we can do lose it.
- This is a personal question. Just as God had complete freedom and responsibility for his actions, so do we. No sensible person would think they could hide from God behind a tree, but his sin has clouded his intellect. We think we can hide from God as well because we are clouded by our sin. Our thinking is skewed. Why do so many thinking people eschew the Bible? We think that our ability to think things out is unaffected by the moral impact of sin, but that is not the case. We need to ask God to forgive our sins because the sinful mind is hostile to God.
These are my notes from a seven part podcast from Alistair Begg www.truthforlife.org