Two First Questions
Intro: You can learn a lot from an answer. You can also learn a lot from a question. This morning, we are going to see what we can learn from two powerful questions – two questions that happen to be firsts.
I. The First Question asked by God in the Old Testament
- Genesis 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
The things we can learn from this question is that this was:
A. The Announcement of Sovereign Pursuit
Just the fact that the first question recorded in the Bible of God is of God searching for fallen man is amazing!
Some have given Satan credit for coming in and destroying God’s creation and changing God’s plan.
This is heresy – God has always had a plan in place to pursue man and to provide him with salvation.
- Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
There is not a person that has ever lived that God didn’t desire to reveal Himself to.
This verse proves that God is the One that initiates the salvation process; the fellowship experience!
- Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
B. The Admission of Sinner’s Plight
One of the biggest problems with this ever widening gap between man and God is man’s ignorance of his plight.
Until man does an honest evaluation of his true condition and confesses his need for God, he can’t get help.
God didn’t ask Adam where he was because God didn’t know where he was; He wanted Adam to know.
He needed for Adam to look around at the mess he had gotten himself in, and to acknowledge it to God.
- NOTE: He and Eve had made themselves aprons – but he knew he was still naked.
Man’s efforts to mask his true identity NEVER WORK in the presence of an all knowing God!
No matter how hard you try to compensate for your sin, it will not give you that warm and secure feeling you desire.
C. The Awareness of Sin’s Price
- For the first time he was experiencing guilt.
- For the first time he was experiencing the shame.
- For the first time Adam was aware of his fallen, helpless state.
- For the first time, Adam was forced to admit that his works were not good enough.
- For the first time, Adam had no desire to enjoy the presence of God.
- For the first time, Adam, who was created in the image of God was hiding from His Creator.
Sin’s price is heavy.
- SONG: Sin will take your farther than you want to go. Slowly but wholly taking control. Sin will leave you longer than you want to stay. Sin will cost you far more than you want to pay.
As long as you’re buying into the lie of Satan that sin is awesome that God is the one doing the lying when He warns of the high cost of low living, you’re in trouble!
II. The First Question asked by Man in the New Testament
- Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
This question has always been one of the most amazing stories in the Bible.
This question reveals some things that are vital to one’s relationship with God.
These TWO FIRST QUESTIONS present the balance – the truth about a relationship with God.
The first question that God asked in the Old Testament revealed a Sovereign God’s pursuit of Sinful Man.
The first question in the New Testament reveals Sinful Man’s pursuit of a Sovereign God.
This question reveals several key facts about this amazing search for God:
A. It was Initiated by Divine Revelation
Before sinful man could even begin to search for God, it was God that initiated that search by revealing Himself.
- Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Before you were ever born, God was revealing Himself.
- The inner binary appears to the unaided eye as a single star, the third brightest in the night sky, but it lies37 light years from the Sun. Proxima Centauri alone claims the honor of being our true nearest stellar neighbor at only 4.24 light years away. It is so small it can’t be seen with the naked eye. About 15% of stars are about 100 light years away, but most are between 100-200 light years away.
Have you ever thought about the foreknowledge of God to put that star in place years before they actually saw it?
God was working thousands of years before you were born to provide a way for you to get to Him!
B. It was Interpreted by Determined Research
For these men to be able to arrive at the conclusion that this star meant something special is very revealing.
It was one thing to see the star. I’m sure if they could see it, everyone else could as well.
But it was only this small group of men that went to the trouble to find out what it meant.
Imagine the time and effort to track down the significance of this one star?
They didn’t have the resources that we have today.
They didn’t have anyone they could ask to explain it.
Imagine if people today demonstrated this kind of determined research to discover where God was??
All that these men had was a tiny sliver of light – among millions of other slivers of light.
We have God’s full, inspired, inerrant revelation of Himself to mankind – the Scriptures.
NOTE: If God revealing Himself to man through creation; Him revealing His power and Godhead through the creation of the world is described in Romans 1 as sufficient enough to make us WITHOUT EXCUSE, imagine how accountable we are with the full revelation of God in His Word!
C. It was an Indication of Diligent Resolve
Once they followed the star to Jerusalem, they were met with more obstacles.
They were surrounded by religious experts that knew about the star’s meaning, but had no desire to pursue it.
They simply told them to go and search diligently and when they found the king, to come back and tell them.
Imagine if these wise men had said that to Herod and his religious leaders!
They didn’t rely on others to find God and bring Him to them; they sought him out diligently on their own!
If you are waiting for someone else to get right with God before you will, you may never get right with God!
God had revealed Himself to them – they took the initiative to pursue Him – and they didn’t stop until they found Him!
Conclusion: Where art thou this morning? And where is He? Do you know the answer these two important questions?