And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you?…
I. THE SENSE OF GUILT BY WHICH THEY WERE OPPRESSED.
1. There were circumstances which aggravated their guilt — they knew God — His fellowship — were perfectly holy — happy — knew the obligations — knew the consequences of life and death.
2. They felt their guilt aggravated by these circumstances. Their consciences were not hardened. Their present feelings and condition were a contrast with the past. In these circumstances they fled. They knew of no redemption, and could make no atonement.
II. THE MELANCHOLY CHANGE OF CHARACTER WHICH HAD RESULTED FROM THEIR FALL.
1. Our moral attainments are indicated by our views of God — progressive. The pure in heart see God. Our first parents fell in their conceptions of God — omnipresence. "Whither shall I go?" etc. This ignorance of God increased in the world with the increase of sin (Romans 1:21-32). This ignorance of God is still exemplified. "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." He may worship outwardly; and there are gradations of the foolish — some shut God within religious ordinances — some exclude Him.
III. THAT THEY HAD LOST THEIR COMMUNION WITH GOD.
1. One barrier interposed was guilt.
2. Another barrier was moral pollution.
Parallel VersesKJV: And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?