“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” (Genesis 3:8-9)

Now Adam and Eve had disobeyed God and knew they had to hide from Him. They felt guilt and shame even with the fig leaves, but human efforts to cover sin in this or any way are ineffective and useless. Adam’s sin had broken fellowship with God. Both Adam and Eve no longer trusted Him. They were afraid of Him. Consequently, neither of them took responsibility for their sin. Adam blamed Eve and, by implication, God, because God had given her to him. Yet he could not blame her for fooling him because he should have known better. Similarly, Eve tried to shift the blame to the serpent, the devil. In doing so she admitted that she had disobeyed but claimed she had an excuse.

When we sin we too try to we shift blame, refuse to admit our guilt or claim some sort of excuse. But explanations and excuses do remove the guilt. God’s Law condemns without mercy or exception or excuse. There are no special circumstances.

This is why God promised to send a Savior. The Messiah would come and receive a severe wound. Yet that Messiah would conquer Satan the evil one decisively. Jesus is that promised Messiah who came to make us right with God, to restore us to Eden and into full fellowship with Almighty God. Now we no longer need to be afraid of God for we can, by faith, trust in His promise of eternal life through the body and blood of Jesus.