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Devotion - June 22, 2012
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?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Where are you?
Notice the way the question works? It is double-edged. It has the hallmark of concern and love. It has the bite of demanding an explanation and an answer. Just pause to contemplate the edges of it and you will see for yourself that its dynamics stretch beyond a simple question. It’s really a “loaded” question.
What would it be like to have the Lord God come looking for you with the question: “Where are you?” To have the Almighty stand before you and subject you to the question: “Where are you?” For him to ask you the “loaded, two-edged, cutting-both-ways” question: “Where are you?”
You do know, don’t you? The Lord still walks into the garden of your life calling you with the question “Where are you?” to help you see how your sin separates you from him. If you like to imagine that whatever area of your life Satan controls is just not that big of a deal…the Lord stands and asks, “Where are you?” If you have been deceived by the lie of the devil that you need to do whatever makes you happy…the Lord stands and asks: “Where are you?” If you live in the circle and cycle of the blame game, like Adam and Eve…the Lord stands and asks: “Where are you?”
Here is what you need to remember: the Promised Seed in the Garden of Eden is your Promised Seed. Jesus Christ and everything that he is—perfection, holiness and righteousness—is yours! The Lord God has traded your sin for the Seed’s perfection. Gone forever and always are your sins of Satan-controlled areas, need to be happy, and the game of blame. They are all pinned to the cross of Jesus Christ covered in his blood. It is the Promised Seed’s payment for those sins that motivates you to live a different way—to make sure that enmity always remains where it belongs: between you and Satan; between God’s word of promise and life, and Satan’s word of deceit and death.
Where are you? You are standing with Jesus Christ and his tree of life.
(The Tree of Life, Christian Worship Supplement 754:3):
What mercy God showed to our race,
A plan of rescue by his grace:
In sending One from woman’s seed,
The One to fill our greatest need—
For on a tree uplifted high
His only Son for sin would die,
Would drink the cup of scorn and dread
To crush the ancient serpent’s head!
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