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?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
- How does God first respond to this transgression? Why does an all-knowing being ask the man where he is?
- Was it wrong for the man and woman to be naked? Why, then, were they ashamed?
He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
- Was it wrong for the man to eat the fruit? Why, then, is he ashamed of being naked, rather than of being a sinner? How accurate is the knowledge he gained from eating?
- How do the man and woman answer for their behavior?