“After Adam had eaten of the tree the Lord God called to him. ‘Where are you?’ he asked.”
Monday, 01 June 2020
Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 87:1-3, 5-7; John 19:25-34
It’s a famous story, a brilliant allegory of our resistance to God’s grace and mercy. When we read the story, do we imagine a cruel and vindictive God, an arbitrary deity who imposes crazy rules upon us? I think many of us do.
This is, I suggest, a mistake. The exile of Adam and Eve that results from this encounter is perhaps better read as a kind of self-exile. When God asks his question, Adam evades – and then later blames Eve. His actions and evasions shut him and Eve off from the earlier ‘perfect’ relationship with God, placing them literally outside Eden.
What do we do to shut God out? Do we if God asks us “Where are you?” have the courage to answer God truly?