"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made."
Getting lost causes us to retrace our steps, doesn’t it? We do the same thing when we go through hard situations. We ask ourselves, where did I go wrong?
When we think of Jesus as a Friend to Sinners, it only makes sense that we go back to the beginning, to the first sinners: Adam and Eve. The universe was new. The Garden was new. They were new. And they were unique; never before had God made a creature and placed His image on it. But that pure image would not last long before it was marred by our first parents’ sinful choice to do what God said not to.
God and His good plans would not be thwarted. He sought. He provided. And He promised. First, He sought them out: “Where are you?” Then He provided clothes for them to cover their exposed nakedness. Most important of all, He promised that one of their descendants, though bruised Himself, would crush the serpent’s head – a graphic picture of Jesus overcoming sin and its awful, marring effect on humanity.
There in Genesis 3 is our first glimpse of Jesus, Friend
LONG BEFORE YOU AND I EVER COMMITTED OUR FIRST SIN AGAINST GOD, HE HAD A PLAN TO RESCUE US.