Wo bist du?

511 where are youImmediately after the Fall, Adam and Eve hid in the landscape of the Garden of Eden. It is ironic that they used God's creation, the flora and fauna, to hide from God. This raises the first question that is asked in the Old Testament - it comes from God to the sinner, (Adam): "And they heard God the LORD walking in the garden when the day was cool. And Adam hid with his wife before the face of the Lord God between the trees in the garden. And the Lord God called Adam and said to him, Where are you? "(1, Mo 3,8-9 LUT).

"Where are you?" Of course, God knew where Adam was, what he had done and what condition he was in. The question that God uses in this section of the Scriptures proves that God does not seek information that was already known to him, but that Adam asked for self-examination.

Where are you now in the spiritual landscape and in your relationship with God? Where is this life taking you now? In his present state he was in rebellion, afraid of a false kind of fear, hiding from God and blaming others for his behavior. This is a general description not only of Adam, but of his descendants through the whole time to the present day.

Both Adam and Eve took things into their own hands. In order not to feel bad before God, they covered themselves with fig leaves. This clothing was inappropriate. God made clothing for them out of animal skins. This seems to be the first animal sacrifice and the shedding of innocent blood and a foreshadowing of what would come.

This question may also be relevant to Christians, as they are not immune to the human condition. Some have tried to sew their own clothes together in order to feel somehow covered with God by following ceremonies, rites, rules and regulations. However, the answer to human need lies not in such practices, but is embedded in the first question that wise sinners in the New Testament place under the guidance of God: "Where is the newborn King of the Jews? We have seen his star rise and have come to worship him "(Mt 2,2 LUT).

By accepting and worshiping the king who was given birth to the kingdom from birth, God now provides you with the necessary clothing: "For ye all who are baptized unto Christ have put on Christ" (Gal 3,27 LUT). Instead of a coat of animals, you have now attracted the second Adam in Christ, who gives you peace, esteem, forgiveness, love and a welcome home. This is the gospel in a nutshell.

by Eddie Marsh

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