Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 16 – Why does God asks questions? 
Genesis 3:9

In our last lesson, we learned that Adam and Eve sinned when they ate the fruit.  Then they heard God calling unto them and they hid themselves in the trees hoping God would not find them.

Genesis 3:9 – “And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”

The first word we want to look at is the word “and”.   You may think it is a simple word, but every word in the Bible is important.  The word “and” connects what comes before to what comes behind. 

In the verse before, Adam and Eve heard God’s voice and they hid themselves in the trees.   They thought God would not find them.  But God did not turn around and leave.

Then the Bible says, “And the LORD God called unto Adam”.  God did not stop looking because Adam was hiding.  Likewise, God will not stop looking for you because you are hiding from Him.

The Bible says, “God called unto Adam”.  God was calling out loud enough so that Adam could hear Him. He wanted Adam to know that He was looking for him.

God could have forced himself into Adam’s life, but He did not.  Likewise, God could force himself into your life, but He will not.  He wants us to come to Him willingly. 

When God called out to Adam, He said to Adam, “Where are you?”   God knew exactly which tree Adam was hiding behind.  He called out to Adam because He wanted him to respond.

Likewise, He also knows where you are.  He knows all about your life, your struggles, your suffering, and your sin.  He is also calling out to you because He wants a relationship with you.

God asked Adam, “Where are you?” because God wanted Adam to realize that he had a sin problem and admit that he was not right with God. 

Adam’s problem is not with God.  God did not do anything wrong to Adam.  Adam’s problem was with his own sin. 

Likewise, the problem in our life is not with God.  God never wronged us.  Our problem is with our own sin. 

So, God asked this question to Adam so that he could see that he had a sin problem.  Likewise, God wants us to see that we have a sin problem.

Another reason God asked Adam this question was because God wanted Adam to come to Him. 

When you call to someone “where are you”, you want to meet together with that person. God wanted Adam to come and meet Him.

But Adam had a problem.  He did not want to meet with God.  That was why he was hiding. God wanted Adam to admit that he needed to come to God.

Likewise, God wants us to admit that we need to come to God.

Another reason God asked Adam this question was so that Adam would ask God for help.

God knew how to fix his sin problem.  God knows how to fix your sin problem too.  But people do not go to God to ask for help with their sin problem. 

God wants us to come to Him and ask Him for help with our sin.  He has already provided a way to cover your sin and come into a right relationship with Him.

He is waiting for you to admit you have a sin problem, come to Him, and ask Him for help.  God has the answers to your sin problem.  

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Questions Lesson 16

1. According to Genesis 3:8, Adam and Eve wanted God to find them.    
a. True   
b. False

2. According to Genesis 3:9, when Adam and Eve hid from God, God stopped looking for them and turned around and walked away.    
a. True      
b. False

3. According to Genesis 3:9, what question did God ask Adam? _________

4. According to Genesis 3:9, by God calling out to Adam, it shows that….
a. God does not force Himself into people’s lives but wants people to __________ come to Him. 
b. God wants people to __________ to Him.   
c. God wants people to realize they have a sin problem and __________they are not right with Him.    d. God wants people to come to Him and ask Him for ___________ with their sin problem.     

5. According to the Bible, God never did anything wrong to Adam.  Likewise, God never wronged another person?         
a. True            
b. False

6. According to the Bible, Adam’s problem was with his own sin in choosing to disobey God.  Likewise, every person’s problem is with their own sin in choosing to disobey God.
a. True            
b. False

7. According to the Bible, God knows all about your life, your struggles, your suffering, and your sin.          
a. True      
b. False

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