Did God Literally And Visibly Walk In The Garden Of Eden? Genesis 3:8 says, “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.” The Lord God Almighty is Spirit (John 4:24), so how could He be “walking” in the Garden of Eden? Let’s start by pointing to the clear fact in Genesis 3:8 that God’s approach in the Garden of Eden was heralded by a “sound” or a “voice.” Notice that the verse begins by stating, “They heard the sound” of the Lord God. It’s clear that whatever form the Lord God took, it certainly allowed for the physical production of sound. Behold, His walk was audible.
Also, the verse mentions the “presence” of God “among the trees” of the Garden of Eden. It was a presence that Adam and Eve acknowledged and thought they could hide from. God’s garden walk included both sound and some sort of presence among the trees. Nevertheless, interpretations of these statements vary a lot. Some Biblical scholars emphasize that God the Father is invisible and as such cannot be seen by humans. According to this view, God did not appear in the flesh; rather, He took on a symbolic, incorporeal appearance, such as a cloud, much like He did with the Israelites in the desert with Moses (Deuteronomy 31:15). Others suggest that the idea of God “walking” refers to a theophany – an appearance of God in a tangible, human form. As such, point to a parallel in Genesis 18, where God appears as one of three (seemingly human) visitors to Abraham.
Did God Literally And Visibly Walk In The Garden Of Eden?
Still, on whether the Lord God literally and visibly walked in the Garden of Eden, there is another theory based on the Hebrew phrase translated “the cool of the day.” This could be literally translated “the wind of that day.” Some think this might refer to a strong wind. If so, Adam and Eve’s reaction makes more sense. They heard God’s approach as a terrible wind that lashed the trees of the garden, and they took cover. The Almighty God called (using a Hebrew word that also means “to summon”) Adam to face judgment. Acts 2 records an interesting Parallel: the coming of the Holy Spirit was accompanied by “a sound like the blowing of a violent wind” (Acts 2:2). Likewise, the Lord God Almighty spoke to Job “out of the whirlwind” (Job 38:1).
In any case, whether the Lord God Almighty appeared in human form or in a cloud, or whether He made His presence known by a windstorm, it is clear that God Himself confronted the sinners and issued judgment. In His loving and graceful nature, this judgment also included the promise of a future Redeemer (Genesis 3:15). Behold, the Redeemer of humanity came in the person of Jesus Christ, the perfect sacrifice for sin and substitute for sin’s judgment. Jesus Christ came as the beloved Son of God and the perfect lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Those who believe in Jesus Christ have their sins forgiven and are offered God’s special gift of Eternal Life (John 3:16).
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