” And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and Eve hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him ” Where are you?” – Genesis 3: 8 – 9.
Really it is admirable keeping with the whole narrative, and Jehovah appears here as the owner of the paradise ( garden of Eden ), and as taking in it. His daily delightful exercise at this conducive time of the day ( cold & breezy ) to fellowship with His creation. perhaps, we find in the conduct of Adam & Eve an attempt to escape from further result of sin: Death! The first result was shame, from which man endeavoured to free himself by covering his person; the second was fear, and this man would cure by departing still farther from God; But the voice of Jehovah reaches them, and with rebuke and punishment gives also healing and hope.
When God said:” Where are you? ” It wasn’t as if He was ignorant of the place where he was, nor of what he had done, nor of the circumstances he was in, or of the answers he would make; But rather it shows all the reverse, that He knew where he was, what he had done, and in what condition he was, and therefore it was in vain to seek to hide himself: or as pitying his case, saying “ Alas for thee “, as some render the words, into what a miserable plight have you brought yourself, by listening to the temper, and disobeying your God! You that wast the favourite of heaven the chief of the creatures, the inhabitant of Eden, possessed of all desirable bliss and happiness, but now in the most wretched and forlorn condition imaginable; or as upbraiding him with his sin and folly.
However, that he who had been so highly favoured by him, as to be made after his image and likeness, to have all creatures at his command and the most delightful spot in all the globe to dwell in and a grant to eat of what fruit he would, save one, and who was indulged with intercourse with his God, and with the Holy Angels, should act such an ungrateful part as to rebel against him ( My brothers & sisters in Christ of the English-speaking Cameroon ), break his Law, and trample upon his legislative authority, and bid, as it were, defiance to Him ( induced local authorities ): Or else as the Savior, looking up his staying sheep, and lost creature man, or rather as a summons to appear before him, the judge of all, and answer for his conduct; it was in vain for him to secrete himself, he must and should appear; the force of which words he felt, and therefore was obliged to surrender himself and faced the punishment provision for sin: Death!