If this is true, then it means that before the fall, it wasprobably customary for God to “walk” this way in theGarden; perhaps God visited with Adam in the Garden “inthe cool of the day” every day. Therefore, the sound wouldnot have been unusual to Adam, and perhaps not at allunexpected.
Admittedly, some of this is speculation, but none of it isbeyond reason. They are nothing more than the reasonableimplications of the Scriptural facts which are
speculative at all.
As to the suggestion that this was only a Theophany, itdoesn’t seem to fit the context. Before the fall, God wouldhave no reason at all to “appear” to Adam and Eve in anyform other than He is, for there was no sin in man todarken his ability to respond to God exactly as He is. In hissinless state, Adam would not have needed to “see” God inorder to adequately “relate” to Him or perceive Hispresence. Yet, according to the theology of the Theophany,this is precisely the reason that it is “required.” If God didnot appear to and walk with Adam in some sort of tangibleform before the fall, then there is no reasonableexplanation for how Adam knew the sound he heard wasactually God approaching.
Numbers 12:5-8a –
“Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaronand Miriam. When they had both come forward, 6 He said, ‘Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD,shall make Myself known to him in a vision I shall speak with himin a dream. 7 Not so, with My servant Moses, He is faithful in allMy household; 8 With him I speak mouth to mouth, Even openly,and not in dark sayings, And he beholds the form of [YHWH].’”
God is speaking directly to Aaron and Miriam. While doingso, He manifests Himself in the pillar of cloud. In Hisrebuke, He describes in His own words how He meets withMoses.
God acknowledged that with other prophets, He revealedHimself only in visions and dreams. This is in directcontrast with how God declared that He met with Moses,for with him He met and spoke directly “mouth to mouth”(“face to face” – NIV). Clearly Moses’ experience with Godwas unique, even as compared to other prophets.