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The Greatest Questions of the Bible and of Life
Where Art Thou? (1 of 18)
Clarence E. Macartney
God knew where the man was. He was not asking the
question for information, for there is nothing hid
from Him. But He wanted the man to answer the question
This was the first question addressed to man at the
very dawn of Creation, at the very start of human
history, "Where art thou?" It will also be the last
question when the history of mankind has been
completed. When we have passed through every appointed
experience, have faced all the temptations and
opportunities of life, have tasted every appointed cup
of joy or sorrow, and all the incidents of our mortal
probation have been worked out, then, standing before
the judgment seat of God, every man must answer this
question, "Where art thou?" and give his account to
God. In a very real sense you have here the first call
to the judgment seat. In these wonderful first
chapters in the book of Genesis you have a summary of
man's moral history and destiny.
At his creation man was placed in the Garden of Eden,
where everything was good and fair. There was only one
thing that he was not to do. Of the tree of knowledge
of good and evil man was not to eat. In the day that
he ate of it he would die. Created in the image of
God, man was "free to stand," but also "free to fall."
Without that double freedom, that solemn double
freedom which is granted to every soul, there can be
no development of strength and character. Man chose to
fall. When the tempter assured the woman that eating
of the fruit of the forbidden tree would be followed
by no evil consequences, that it was not true that
they would die if they ate thereof, but that, on the
contrary, their eyes would be opened and they would
become as gods, the woman took of the fruit thereof
and did eat, and gave unto her husband with her, and
he did eat.
Now look at the consequences. ...
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