Thank you my dear friend for your good questions. The section of Scripture you have asked about is one of the most important in the Bible for Christians, because it shows us how sin and ruin came into the world through the rebellion of man, then it goes on to demonstrate God’s perfect plan of redemption for a lost mankind. Since you have asked several individual questions, I will seek to answer each in turn below.  

First of all, “Can one hide from God? Does it mean that God didn’t see them from where they were hiding when he was calling Adam?” No, there is no hiding from God (Psalms 139:7-10). Thus, I believe that God certainly knew quite well where Adam and Eve were, and as well, He knew precisely what they had done. So, why then did Adam and Eve try to hide from God, and why did God call to them if He already knew all of this? To begin with, God created man in His own image, which means that man could think and reason and make his own decisions. God created man to have fellowship with Himself, but He did not create just so many robots who had no choice but to do all they were designed to do and think. He wanted to express His love in man, and to have man love Him and come to Him out of love. We do not say that man was “perfect” when created, but Adam and Eve were “innocent,” not knowing about evil. I believe that God gave Adam a simple test of his obedience in Genesis 2:17 where Adam was told: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” And Adam certainly informed Eve about this commandment because we see that she clearly knew about it in Genesis 3:2-3. She did know that the tree was forbidden to eat of, though her response to the serpent was a bit exaggerated as nothing had been said by God about “touching” the tree, rather only eating of it. . But, even though both Adam and Eve well knew God’s commandment, Eve was deceived by Satan (Genesis 3:1-5), so she went ahead and disobeyed God’s commandment having been beguiled, and she ate of the fruit, then gave to Adam who also ate, not being deceived, but Adam being rebellious and self-willed-he ignored God’s commandment and ate (verses 6-7), and just like that, both became aware that they had disobeyed the only commandment or rule that God had given them. Thus, they did not want to face God due to shame and fear, just like a child who has broken a window at home who doesn’t want to face his father; their warm fellowship with God was thus broken. They were no longer innocent, and suddenly they were fearful of God’s presence and ashamed of themselves. This explains, I think, why they tried to cover themselves, and why they tried to hide from God. But as above, we cannot hide from God! So, why did God call to them since He clearly knew all about what they did being all knowing and everywhere present? I believe He did this to prompt a realization in their hearts, and a confession that they had sinned. MacDonald, in his Bible Commentary on Genesis 3 writes: “In love and mercy God searched after His fallen creatures with the question “Where are you?” This question proved two things…that man was lost and that God had come to seek. It proved man’s sin and God’s grace. God takes the initiative in salvation, demonstrating the very thing Satan got Eve to doubt…His love.”

Finally, you asked: “…And our God being omnipresent, was God not in the garden when the snake was talking with Eve?” Indeed, God was there. You are quite correct, God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and present in all places at the same time. So then, “Did they see God face to Face?” No, they did not see the face of God. The Scripture tells us that no man has seen God (John 1:18), and in fact, no mere man could look upon God and live (Isaiah 6:5). But they did hear His voice, and this shows that God knew exactly where they were and what they had been up to. God’s voice, and not a direct view of His face, is found in at least a couple places in the NT. God’s voice was heard when the Lord Jesus was baptized at the Jordan (Matthew 3:17), and again at the mount of transfiguration (Mark 9:7). You’ll note that in neither case did the disciples or other men see the face of God, but they heard His voice. Now, the Lord Jesus, who is Emmanuel or God with us, spoke the following words: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand,” (John 10:27, 28). Thus, when men hear the voice of Jesus, they are hearing the voice of God, and with their eyes, they are beholding what man is able to see and know of the Father (John 14:8-10).

I hope the response above helps with your questions. I mentioned at the beginning that God revealed His Grace and solution for the sin problem that separated man from God there in the Garden. When God pronounced the curse on the serpent in Genesis 3:14, He went on in verse 15 to reveal Christ’s sacrifice on the cross to redeem lost, ruined sinners like you and like me: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head…” That seed of the woman spoken in this verse refers to none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, who crushed Satan’s head on Calvary’s cross, defeating sin, death, and Satan, and throwing open the gates of heaven to all who will put their trust and faith in the Lord Jesus for salvation. Oh, what love and Grace are bestowed on us by God through His only begotten Son (John 3:16; 1 John 4:10)!  (SF)  (553.4)