Subsequently, God turns to Eve and asks…What is this you have done? (The same question goes to the rest of us) Genesis 3:11. Moreover, even if Eve had been listening all this time, she does what her husband had done. Reasoning with the half truths, playing the blaming game, and somehow giving excuses, as she tried to hide her own sin, instead of taking responsibility. But, I believe God wanted her to think wisely; that acknowledging her sin and having a contrite heart would get her to connect to God again. Nowadays, some of us deal with it by repentance and asking God for forgiveness through Jesus.
What have you done question – helps us to analyse the consequences of our actions, especially when the action is connected to sin. Also to think about God’s laws and how it affects us and others. The alarm in our minds (a rooster’s call), which goes off before and after the wrong action, is designed to get us to be aware of a sin.
Those who are rooted in faith (Jesus) are more alert to the call, because they read the scriptures and have the Holy Spirit to guide them. Jesus through the Holy Spirit will always remind us to say no to sin and of judgement. One thing about the Bible, it goes into details and mentions every area of sin. Jesus goes even further to explain; it’s not just the actions, but the thoughts as well, such as hatred, envy, etc. For every sin begins with a thought, and comes from the heart, Mark 7:20-23. Real transformation or repentance takes place in the heart first and then extends to thoughts and actions.
The first question which can also be translated as (where are you now?) is applied to a situation or temptation, where we have to exercise a thinking process before we take action which normally results to affect us and others before God. When you think about it; we often learn from our mistakes. If we are wise enough we don’t do it again, or we sense the danger of sinning and avoid it altogether. Sin normally carries a sting. In this case, Jesus would ask; what have you learnt?
Another crucial point is; the questioning and reasoning process helps us to come to that turning point. Sometimes, when our hearts are contrite, we can express good reasoning and come to a clear understanding. To make a turning point, requires us to assess our lives by looking deep within, and weigh decisions whether they are right or wrong. And eventually to seek His wisdom from the Holy Bible, which delivers us from a lot of heartache and leads us to salvation.
To be continued…………..