Have You Done?
Often more can be said with a question than can with an answer, because the answer can be implied in the question. This is why it is such a highly effective method for instruction. A person can not easily avoid being drawn into the discussion without revealing their own adequacy and position. Here, in the opening chapters of Genesis we have some very powerful questions being posed by the Lord Himself.
We cannot hide from God thinking that He will not know. He will hold us accountable for our actions and He will be right there confronting the sinful. We are not told that Adam, or Eve, or Cain confess their sins and they are driven from God's presence. Note also that even though Eve had committed the first sin, God addressed Adam first. He had given Adam the commandment not to eat of the tree (Gen. 2:16), and held him responsible for both of their actions.
There is a repeat of this kind of behavior in the story of King Saul (I Samuel 13). His kingdom is torn from him after he offered the sacrifice himself rather than waiting for the prophet Samuel. When he arrived, Samuel said,
From these stories and all the other lessons of scripture, we must realize that God means what He says, and will not overlook what we do.
From the very beginning, you can hear
these questions echoing throughout all of history. Think
about the question, "What
have you done?" Hopefully, you will have a positive answer.
Think about the question, "What have you done?" Hopefully, you will have a positive answer.
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