Delivered By
Dr. R.E. Banks Sr.
Delivered On
September 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM
Central Passage
Genesis 3:8 
"How It All Got Started", Msg. 18

I’m reminded of playing Hide & Seek as a child. The game required at least two or more children to play. One in the group was designated as “it”. Everyone would hide while the “it” designee would count to 10. The first person to be found and tagged, had it be “it” for the next game. The last person to be found was the winner.

I’m also reminded of boxing great, Joe Louis, who used the well known the expression, “You can run, but you can’t hide.” In 1941, Joe Louis fought Billy Conn at the Polo Grounds in New York City. Billy Conn was a superbly fearless boxer who was not only quicker than Louis but weighed 25 pounds less than the champion.

On the night of the fight, Conn was brilliant and used his skills of speed to stay away from Louis’ devastating punching power. Joe Louis was being outboxed by the quicker, lighter Billy Conn. Conn wanted to prove that he could trade punches with the champ. So, when he came out of his corner in the 13th round, he abandoned his stylish boxing and began exchanging punch-for-punch with the champ. The results: Conn was knocked out with only seconds remaining in the fight.

As Joe Louis prepared for a rematch with Billy Conn in 1946, boxing writers asked the champion how he would contend with the fast and cunning Conn. Remembering the first fight, Louis responded, “He can run, but he can’t hide.” Joe Louis was correct. Louis won the second fight in an eighth-round knockout.

I want to preach about two others who also felt they could run and hide. Their running was not due to a fight in a boxing ring, but a flight in the Garden because of disobedience to God. Let’s recap. After eating the forbidden fruit, Adam and the woman were aware of their nakedness and covered their bodies by making aprons made of fig leaves. The tempter had told them to eat from the tree of good and evil and they would be like God. What the couple failed to realize was that they were already made in God’s image. The man and the woman should have confessed their sins to God instead of allowing Satan into their space.

Prior to their sin, it was not unusual for the couple to come into the garden and have wonderful discussions with Jehovah. But on this particular day, things were different. It is believed that the couple experienced increased knowledge because they were now aware of their nakedness; that God had appeared in human form; that Adam and the woman heard the voice of anger as the voice of the God of glory was thunderous.

The Lord walked in the Garden at the cool of the day. Adam and his wife hid themselves amongst the trees in the Garden from the presence of the Lord, God. They were at least expecting a visible manifestation of the Lord, God. Shame got the best of them, but when they realized it was too late to hide, they immediately felt misery and that God would be upset. They would possibly lose His grace and mercy. They defiled their likeness of His image. They experienced a warring within. They experienced a blemish in their marriage. Above all, they became fearful.

You can try to escape from your real or imagined fears, but they will eventually catch up with you. What you put in the lives of others will come back to you. Your past comes up. You cannot go anywhere that God has not been. Allow me to make three points about Adam and His wife:

  • The Falsehoods of Satan
    Adam and the woman were got caught up in the fraud and fallacies of Satan’s temptations. He promised them they would be safe, but now they were fleeing from justice.
  • The Folly of Sinners
    The nerve of Adam and the woman (and us, too) to think it is possible to hide from God.
  • The Fear of Sin
    Adam and the woman were joined by God in covenant marriage and relationship
    with Him. Now, due to shame and fear, they had become a flight risk.

Psalms 139:7-12 tells us:
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord, God, amongst the trees of the Garden, not realizing they had committed a botched cover-up. We, too, try to run from God. But in the words of Joe Louis, “You can run, but you cannot hide.”