Why did Adam and Eve Hide from God?

The Result of Guilt and Fear of Adam and Eve

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Eve yielded to the deception of the serpent and ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 3:6 clearly states that she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he also ate. The Bible says that immediately “The eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked.” More than just an awareness of their physical nakedness was an awareness that something dreadful had happened. They had disobeyed God's command. They were exposed and felt guilt and fear for the first time in their lives. They were instantly ashamed and scared. Not just a little bit afraid. They were terrified.

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.” (Genesis 3:8-10)

The title, “The Lord God,” is used 20 times in chapters 2 and 3. There was no doubt who was in charge. It was the Lord God. And Adam and Eve knew they had done something terribly wrong. If it weren't so tragic it might be humorous. There is no way to hide from the presence of the Lord God, yet they tried. “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:13)

Adam and Eve had lived in perfect harmony and alignment with God. There was no reason to be afraid of Him. God had given them dominion and authority over all of His creation. But now, they were nervous and timid. God had said “That in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17) They knew intrinsically that they had lost something of great value. More than just becoming vulnerable, they had lost their confidence and had damaged their carefree relationship with God. They would soon learn that they had lost their spiritual connection, their rights, privileges, dominion and even their home.

Human nature has not changed. People do many sinful things, thinking that they are getting away with it, not knowing that the Lord God is everywhere present and sees all. “God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see.” (Psalm 10:11) But no one can fool God. God is greater and larger than all He has created. He is keeping track, and nothing gets by Him. “He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see?” (Psalm 94:9) In Matthew 10:30, Jesus taught that “The very hairs of your head are all numbered.”

It was fear and foolishness that made Adam and Eve panic, and try to hide. But they were required to be accountable. “Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?” says the Lord; Do I not fill heaven and earth says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:24) Those who walk uprightly in their lives have nothing to fear.

Written by: Pete Miller