When God asks questions its not because he needs information.
It’s because we need to learn something about ourselves and our circumstances that we’re hiding from ourselves.
The question reframes our insistence on control and self-reliance and reveals our need.
This is also true of Jesus’ questions, with the added reality that his human nature was not omniscient.
From Winn Collier.
After the tragedy of the fall, Adam and Eve hid. They hid their bodies and they hid their hearts. This is our introduction to sin. What began as Adam and Eve’s stiff-necked rebellion quickly morphed into their rabid fear of being found out and a panic over their complete inability to decelerate the meltdown they had initiated. So Adam and Eve’s response was to stick their fingers in their ears, close their eyes, and hum a s loud as they could in the bushes, pretending they could hide from the truth. God stepped into the tragedy, though, and he posed a question: “Adam, where are you?” It was a question intended to unnerve them, to reveal their desperation, to call them out of their hiding.
God asked a question to the tow hiding in the garden, and he has been asking questions to us ever since. His questions urge us out of our self-absorption and pull us into something far bigger: God. God’s questions are subversive. They reframe the discussion. They are always at work pulling us out of ourselves and drawing us into himself.
Winn Collier, Holy Curiosity, Baker Books, 2008, pg 17.