God Has Found a Substitute (part 1)
“But if a messenger from heaven is there to intercede for him as a friend, to show him what is right, then God pities him and says, ‘Set him free. Do not make him die, for I have found a substitute.’” Job 33:22
God’s desire and intent has always been to do man good (Deuteronomy 8:16). He created man to love and to be in a loving relationship with him; His design was for man to be the ‘god’ of the earth He created. He never created man to be tolerated. His original plan was to have a loving “Father-child” relationship with man and not a “Master-servant” relationship. Luke 3:38 says, “… Adam, THE SON of God.”
In the beginning, there was no religion – no methods and protocols to relate with God! It was fellowship and relationship over religion because man was created for the Father’s pleasure. Revelation 4:11 says,“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and FOR THY PLEASURE THEY ARE AND WERE CREATED.”**
In the Garden of Eden, Adam didn’t have a religion; rather, he had a God that he fellowshipped with - a God he talked ‘with’ and not ‘to.’ A God that loved him and he loved too. He had a God that took care of him and always watched out for him. God’s desire to be with Adam is the reason He came looking for him even after the fall (Genesis 3:8-9). Man’s sin wasn’t strong enough to stop God from coming to seek him because God had the answer for man’s sin (Revelations 13:8).
When man sinned, he tried to cover his shame and nakedness with figs (plant life), but Genesis 3:21 says that “The Lord God made tunics of [animal] skins for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (AMP). The animal that God killed and used to clothe Adam was the solution to the ‘sin’ problem.
Like Adam and Eve, many still try to find the solution to the sin problem by covering it with religion and mundane things such as fashion, sex, and money instead of God’s solution, and the sad thing is that they still suffer the consequences of sin.
The truth is that Adam and Eve didn’t have to suffer the consequences of sin because God found a ‘ransom’ or a solution for them right there in the garden. And that was why Adam, in his fallen state, lived for 930 years (Genesis 5:5). That’s how gracious God is!