8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” – Genesis 3:8–9

“16… 17… 18… 19… 20… Ready or not, here I come!”

When I was a kid, my friends and I loved to play hide and seek outside. As we got older, we found ways to make it harder. We extended the count, added a “home base,” and allowed a “found person” to run back to home base to be counted safe so long as they weren’t tagged. This was all well and good; but things got super interesting, when we were finally able to play in the dark. As you may know, I grew up in West Central Pennsylvania, on the side of an Appalachian Mountain. There, the night is as dark as black is night. And the only lights to aid in the search were the ones hung by God in the sky. As I look back, it was scary and probably not all that safe. More than a few bumps and bruises were collected from running into trees and tripping over roots. But man, it was fun! Why? Because the darkness gave us a lot more places to hide!

As we come to this week’s text, we see the folly of sin. It’s a heartbreaking scene to witness Eden become but an echo in the lives of Adam and Eve. It’s actually hard to wrap our minds around the thought of going from perfect fellowship with the eternal God to trying to hide from Him. Sin is full of folly. Even a child knows that hiding in full daylight is futile. Yet here we have Adam and Eve hiding from their God in the Garden that He created for them.  Here in Genesis 3, we get answers to what’s gone wrong. From the Garden there resounds the simultaneous echoes of severe consequence and promises of redemptive grace. Once again, my heart and mind are blown away by the truth of God’s Word. Buckle up, friends, and get ready. I’m counting down the minutes until we get to dig into God’s truth again.

Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship.

Love you, Church.

Jerry Lingenfelter
Senior Pastor

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