Episode Description:

When we create, we partner with God and His creativity is expressed through us. Creativity can be a fantastic way of hearing and experiencing God. Join us in this latest episode of ‘Hearing God’ as we unpack Adam and Eve’s story in the Bible and how they heard and experienced God, both before and after they disobeyed Him.

Episode Notes:

Background to Adam & Eve

  • God created man in His own image.
  • God put man in the Garden of Eden and put him to work to care for it. God gives specific instructions: He commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it, you will certainly die.”
  • God brought all the living creatures to the man and asked him to name them.
  • Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. This speaks of intimacy with the Lord God. Nothing was hidden between God and man.
  • Chapter 3. The serpent asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” Notice he didn’t challenge the man who had directly heard from God. For the woman – it was second-hand knowledge. But the man was there with her and could have stopped her!! The woman correctly replies, “We may eat fruit from any trees in the garden but must not eat from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, or we will die.”
  • Serpent challenges: “You will not certainly die, for God knows that when you eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
  • The woman saw the fruit looked great and would give her wisdom, so she took it and ate. She gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. (Thus, the man abdicated his responsibility.) Then the eyes of both were opened, and they realized they were naked, so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
  • We then read the interaction between God and Adam and Eve after they had disobeyed God’s command.

First Principle: God reveals Himself through creation.

  • One of the ways we can hear God is through creation – His creation and also when we create.
  • We are called to co-create with God.
  • Genesis 2:19-20 God brought all the living creatures to the man and asked him to name them.
  • God created us and thinks we are great. Our identity comes from God.
  • We were created in God’s image – that’s probably the most profound revelation. We are in the image of God.

Second Principle:  We can hear God.

  • Audibly talked with Adam and Eve. Two-way conversation. They heard from God and spoke directly to God.
  • They heard God walking in the garden.
  • Cool of the day. Some say it was wind, sounding and feeling like what happened at Pentecost in Acts 2:2. It was more like they felt His presence.
  • Psalm 29:5-9 talks about the power, strength, and majesty of the sound of the Lord. It uses imagery of the sound of the Lord acting upon nature like a powerful storm.
  • God wants to be personally involved in our life. Speaks of God desiring relationship.

Third Principle: Nothing is hidden from God.

  • There is no shame in God. God made the first move towards them.
  • Don’t try and do things in your strength. They sewed fig leaves to cover themselves.
  • God ended up covering them in skin to cover the shame they felt.
  • They became all-knowing – they knew they had done wrong by eating the fruit.
  • The lens through which we perceive God is through which we will hear Him – grace or judgment.
  • God placed Adam & Eve in the Garden of Eden with everything they needed. Food, work, companionship, fellowship with God, freedom of choice, and boundaries. God desires a relationship with us, and the best for us.


  1. God reveals Himself through creation.
  2. We can hear God.
  3. Nothing is hidden from God.

Prophetic activation:

Turn your heart and thoughts to Father God and ask Him –

  • “God, what creative gifts have You given me?”
  • “What would You love me to know about these gifts or this creativity?”
  • “What else do I need to know about Your creativity, God, as it’s expressed through me?”

Time Stamps:

[0:35] – Gary & Jane share briefly how they have heard God this week.

[4:23] – Background to the story of Adam and Eve.

[9:26] – First Principle: God reveals Himself through creation.

[13:26] – Second Principle: We can hear God.

[18:47] – Third Principle: Nothing is hidden from God.

[23:52] – Recap the principles.

[24:18] – Prophetic activation.

[25:29] – Gary & Jane both share a prophetic word for a listener.

[27:50] – Gary prays for you.

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Bible Verses Mentioned:

  • Genesis 1-3
  • Acts 2:2
  • Psalm 29:5-9
  • John 10:3, 14, 27

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