It seems in the reading in early Genesis that Adam must have had a fellowship with God; walking with Him in the garden on a regular basis; before there was sin in the garden. After their rebellion and disobedience, God came walking to them, they heard His voice, and they hid themselves.
The voice of God is a fearful thing to sinful man. Nothing vile, and unclean can stand in His presence, and it seems that is ingrained in every unredeemed heart. It is seen in Exodus following the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt. After the powerful and fearful working power of God in the land of Egypt you would almost think that there would be a heart that longed to hear the voice of God, but no, that did not happen. Hear their voices;
“And they said unto Moses, ‘Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.’ And Moses said unto the people, ‘Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.” Exodus 20:19-21 (KJV)
We can see in this that what the people wanted was actually a Mediator. Someone to stand between them and God, and someone to speak for God, rather than hear Him themselves. Moses says to them, “‘Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that His fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.” Another translation says it like this,
“Don’t be afraid,” Moses said, “for God has come in this way to show you his awesome power. From now on, let your fear of him keep you from sinning!” Exodus 20:20 (NLT)
It is definite that we do need a Mediator between us and God; and God has provided His Mediator. That Mediator is Jesus, and makes it so much different. The apostle Paul has written by the inspiration of the Spirit of God,
“For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6
We need to see sin as a very fearful, hurtful, destructive, eternally deadly thing in our lives. We need to see that we need God in our lives, lest we go to death and destruction – eternal death and destruction. God requires perfection by the law. The law shows that we are imperfect, and cannot reach God; however God has provided a way; the Mediator who gave Himself a ransom for all who will believe.
Look at the difference the apostle John offers in the New Testament;
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” 1 John 3:1-3 (KJV)
Those who are redeemed through the blood of Jesus are the “sons of God”, unknown by the world, because it knew and knows not Christ. The son of God seeks God out; and seeks to be just as pure and holy as He is pure and holy. No more fear to hear His voice, because of the Mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood on Calvary’s cross.
-Tim A. Blankenship