By:  G.R. Self 

When God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, He gave them charge of everything that He had created and provided them with everything they would ever need.  The only condition God placed on them was that they were not permitted to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  He warned them that if they ate of the fruit of this tree they would surely die.

In the 3rd Chapter of Genesis (verses 4-8) we read where the serpent (Satan) convinces Eve to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge assuring her that they would not die.  Eve then had Adam eat of the fruit  and the "eyes of them both were opened, and possessing the knowledge of good and evil, Adam and Eve realized they were naked.  They took fig leaves to make an apron to cover themselves.   A short time later, in the cool of the day, they heard God's voice walking through the garden and they hid themselves.

In verses 9-13 the following dialog occurs between God and Adam and Eve.

9 And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?

12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

13 And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

There can be no doubt that Almighty God, the all knowing creator of the universe, knew exactly where Adam and Eve were hiding. There is no doubt that God also knew what they had done.  Why then would God ask the questions that He did?  I believe that God wanted Adam and Eve to acknowledge, to take ownership and confess to Him what they had done... to confess to Him with their own mouth that they had sinned. 

Ever since the first confession in the Garden of Eden, God's word has instructed us to confess our sins. Only if we acknowledge to God that we have sinned, can we expect the forgiveness that His amazing grace affords us.  There are so many people today that carry the weight of guilt for something they have or haven't done.  Maybe YOU have something that burdens your heart with guilt or shame. The good news is that regardless of who you are or what you have done, God is waiting to forgive you... waiting to remove the burdens of your heart. Confess your sins to Him in prayer and ask forgiveness. When you do so with a sincere heart, you can know and trust that God has forgiven you.

Scripture References:

 * For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;   (Romans 3: 23)

 * Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. (James 5:16)

 * I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord;      and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. (Psalm 32:5)

 * If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

 * I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. (Isaiah 43:25)

 * For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 8: 12)

 * As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)