“Where are you? . . . Who told you that you were naked?

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Today’s verse: “Where are you? . . . Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? . . . What is this you have done?” (Gen. 3:9–13, NIV).

After both Even and Adam had sinned, God comes to the garden. God’s first declarative statement to the fallen world is, in fact, a condemnation of Satan, not humanity. Indeed, even in that condemnation of Satan, God gives humanity the hope and promise of the gospel (vs. 15). As He declares Satan’s doom, He proclaims humanity’s hope. Despite their sin, the Lord immediately reveals to Adam and Eve the promise of redemption.

Notice, too, that only after this promise, only after hope of grace and salvation is given in verse 15 (known also as the “First Gospel Promise”), does the Lord pronounce judgment on Adam and Eve: “To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children. . . .’ Then to Adam He said, ‘Because you have heeded the voice of your wife . . .’ ” (Gen. 3:16, 17, NKJV).

Don’t miss this point: the promise of salvation comes first, followed by judgment. Only against the backdrop of the gospel, then, does judgment come; otherwise, judgment would mean nothing but condemnation, but Scripture is clear: “God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17).

This is a great message for us that even in sin, God does not start with condemning us but the devil. The next step of God is not to judge us but to offer us salvation through Christ Jesus. It’s after we decline all this that the judgement comes.

Think through all the sins you may have committed and realize that the first person God blames is the devil…then God offers you a chance for repentace through Christ and if you still refuse and persist in your son, that is when you become a sinner.

Prayer for you today:

Dear God, thank you for your love and mercies this day. I know I have sinned and done you wrong. This morning i claim teh love and the mercies you showed to us at the cross. I pray Jesus you cleanse us of all our sins and iniquity, grant us mercy and strength to walk in your ways and above all you Holy Spirit to help us discern right and wrong. Bless us this day. In Jesus name we pray

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