One of the first questions in the Bible, in the Old Testament, and specifically from God is this:
“WHERE ART THOU?”
How amazing that God is seeking man. And in fact, the Old Testament if filled with this theme, God seeking man. Appearing in various forms, a cloud, a man, an angelic being, a smoke or mist…
Of course, the first question is truly from Satan, in the Garden of Eden:
“Did God say that?” (paraphrasing)
First, there is a doubt placed by the all-time enemy of man, put into the brain to distract. Then there is of course the partaking of the forbidden fruit…and ultimately the first question of God. And His question is not a condemning question, as man was already aware of his sin. God’s question is one of desire and passion, of genuine caring and seeking of a lost soul.
Contrast this to the New Testament, from man:
“Where is He…” Meaning…where is the Messiah? Where is God? Where is the King of the Jews?
By the time of the New Testament, Satan and his demons are masters of the questions. Satan boldly questions Jesus’ faith in the desert—and his demons question and ask Jesus “Why are you bothering us?” a paraphrase of “What do we have to do with you?”—just seconds before demons are driven out of a man. Satan is bolder, no longer the snake in the garden, an honest chat and direct words.
But in the middle of all these questions and many more, the fact remains very clear. The Old Testament is God seeking man, and the New Testament is Man seeking God.
May we answer God’s question with sincerity and devotion and say…HERE I AM, LORD!
Sr. Bernadette Maria