Gen 3:8-11 – And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
There is a key to a door of freedom in this encounter between God and man. God evidently doesn’t recognize Adam nor his location. One could say that God ask where Adam was because God was trying to cause Adam to decide on his own to repent back to God and show himself, which of course could be one of the cases. However, we know that the word of God is Truth and Truth is God, then what the Bible is telling us, is that God literally didn’t recognize nor know Adam’s location. The answer to this scenario is so simple that the mind cannot see it. For the carnal mind cannot recognize God’s answers less it is led by the Spirit of God, nor can one recognize the answer less he or she have been in the same position as Adam.
This same type of scenario happened in Matt 7:22-23 when Jesus said, “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
God was not familiar with, nor recognized the group of people. They had clothed, created, and crafted for themselves their own identity and reputation. They were telling God they were qualified because of something they crafted. They chose to be someone else other than what God had created them to be. Have you ever found yourself trying to cover the real you? You think if you were the real you, everyone would reject you? It’s a lie. Deep down, are you being someone that you know you are not? Has a friend, or mom and dad ever told you, “Who do you think you are” after you have done something totally out of character? They said this because they did not see the real you. “You” disappeared for a moment.
The answer in the “Garden” is that God didn’t recognize nor know where Adam was because Adam had clothed himself physically and mentally in a total different identity through the lies that he ingested from the enemy. Adam had covered up His true identity and had become someone else that God did not create. Adam had now entered into in another dimension, while God was dwelling in another. Adam had become someone that he truly wasn’t. Being naked, or his true Self was Adam’s “true” identity on earth as it was in heaven. This is why God asked later in the passage, “Who told you were naked?” In words, “Who told you nakedness wasn’t God?” For this is where all of God’s power came from. It’s a place that that has been put in our minds that seems, weak or vulnerable. Yet this is where God’s identity, strength, and glory is revealed. The power that was upon Adam before he fell to the lies of the enemy, was subduing the earth and taking dominion. The enemy had to feed man a lie to shut it down. Once Adam had believed the lie, he thought that nakedness and vulnerability was not the Way of God. He basically thought being your “True Self” was not God, it was weakness and shameful. I am sure he even said to himself, “Why did God leave me naked, why didn’t He tell me Himself, why did He keep this knowledge from me?”
However, decades later we see a Son hanging on a cross naked, giving our true identity back. He was completely vulnerable, physically and spiritually, despising the shame that caused us to think that nakedness and vulnerability is shameful. What now completely covered Him was not a manufactured identity or man-made clothing, it was the blood that was pouring out of His body. His Father was now covering Him completely.
The Bible says in: Isaiah 52:14 that
His face was so disfigured and he seemed hardly human,
and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.
At that moment on the cross, Jesus was our physical representation of man’s identity on the earth, and how the enemy had cause man to mutilate himself to the point of where he didn’t look like the True Man that the Father had designed on the earth as in heaven. Nevertheless, what Jesus was truly looking like in the Spirit, was God’s image again being placed back upon the earth as it was in heaven – totally naked and covered by the Father’s clothing that was heavenly made – Love.
Don’t let fear push you to be something that you are not. It will only separate and hide you from God. Come out of the woods of fear, take off the mask, and be your true Self. Be God’s image – naked and unashamed, clothed in the protection of His Love. For your True self is God’s image.