Hiding from God: Genesis 3:8

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3) Gen 3:8: This verse does not depict God calmly enjoying an evening stroll through paradise ignorant of what Adam and Eve have done.[1] 

The phrase commonly translated “cool of the day” also means “wind (ruakh) of the storm” (yom), a reference to God’s sudden intervention (Cf. Job 38:1–3; Ps 18:9–15).[2]

Adam and Eve saw and heard evidence of impending judgment (Cf. Ps 29; Nah 1:2–3). No wonder they ran into hiding![3]

Even as they fled, they likely suspected that one cannot escape from God.[4]

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a) Read Gen 3:8. Why were Adam and Eve so frightened? How would you have reacted?




Go to A Day of Reckoning (Gen 3:9–13)

[Related posts include Serpents in the Ancient Near East (Gen 3:1); A World-Altering Conversation (Gen 3:2–5); Succumbing to Temptation (Gen 3:6); Their Eyes Are Opened (Gen 3:7); and A Day of Reckoning (Gen 3:9–13)]

[Click here to go to Chapter 6: A Serpent in the Garden (Genesis 3:1–13)]


[1]Meredith G. Kline, “Primal Parousia,” WTJ 40, no. 2 (Spring 1978): 245–80, 245, https://meredithkline.com/klines-works/articles-and-essays/primal-parousia/.

2] Walton, Genesis, 224.

[3] Matthews, Chavalas, and Walton, IVPBBCOT, Gen 3:8.

[4] Bonhoeffer, Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1–3, 129.