The inner workings of the "serpent"

I do not believe Genesis 3:1-7 took a matter of minutes to happen. I do not believe the “serpent” in these verses was a slithering snake. I do not believe the issue at stake was an apple. All of these misconceptions have entered our minds through paintings and storybooks. The reality of what took place thousands of years ago in God's perfect Garden must be understood lest we all fall prey to the same tactics Adam and Eve fell for and end up in the same state of shame that they did.

I am of the opinion, based on what the Word of God says and not famous paintings, that the serpent was the most glorious and beautiful creature in all the Garden of Eden. This “serpent” was not some Godzilla looking reptile that scared Eve into eating an apple. The word serpent is the Hebrew word “nachash” which means to hiss, mutter or whisper as enchanters do, with a secondary sense of “to divine” or “enchant” . The associated Chaldean word means “brass, copper” from the root word meaning “to be bright” . Various passages tell us that the term possesses a glorious appearance and includes a sense of “fascinate, enchant” . Simply put, the “serpent” was NOT a fiery dragon but rather a glorious and fascinating spiritual being closely associated with what we know to be Cherubim.

Genesis 3:1 tells us that the serpent was more subtil (wise) than any beast (living creature) of the field which the Lord God had made. It is entirely possible and extremely probable that when seeing this glorious creature, Eve mistook it for a Cherubim which were celestial spiritual beings. This creature was fascinating and enchanting as well as beautiful. He presented himself as an angel sent from God to help Eve further understand the Word God had given to her and Adam. What we see recorded in Genesis 3:1-7 took a very long time to take place. The serpent had to win Eve's trust and persuade her that he was speaking God's Word; otherwise she would have rejected his message outright.

We must never forget that the serpent of Genesis 3 and the “old serpent” of Revelation 20 are the exact same creature as what we see recorded in 2 Corinthians 11:3 where it says:

But [now] I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

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The serpent beguiled (charmed-to win and hold somebody's attention, interest or devotion=deceived) Eve by his cunning craftiness. The serpent was and still is the great deceiver and will use every trick in his book to capture and then hold the attention of someone. Once he captures one's attention, he presents himself as having superior knowledge and wisdom to any other creature. Knowing these things, it is not difficult at all to understand how Eve (and later Adam) were tricked into thinking the serpent in Genesis 3 was an angelic being able to further enlighten them concerning the truth.

The serpent is a chameleon that has perfected the ability to appear glorious, intelligent, wise and one of God's angels. The only way he is able to seduce and beguile God's people is by transforming himself into someone worthy of our interest and attention. Please look at 2 Corinthians 11:14:

And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light;

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

To masquerade is to put on a disguise so as to pretend to be someone else. Satan parades around everyday pretending to still be the angel of light he once was when he was Lucifer. That angel of light was booted out of heaven with one third of the angels long before Genesis 3, but the serpent put on a costume and a mask and pretended to be a glorious spiritual being full of great wisdom and truth. Even today, those who work for satan do the same thing. We must stay forever on guard against those who appear to be from God but in reality are just pretenders as we see in Ephesians 4:14:

So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of [a]unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead.

Footnotes:

(a) Literal translation: “dice-playing.”

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by the Lockman Foundation

The line between truth and error, right and wrong and good and bad is not as prominent as most people believe. These lines are incredibly fine and demand spiritual perception and awareness to see them and not fall prey to unscrupulous men gambling with our lives by twisting and turning the truth into error and what is right into what is dead wrong. Eve was seduced by what appeared to be a glorious angelic being with superior knowledge. People today are still seduced by golden tongued orators with charismatic appeal who appear to be messengers sent by God Himself.

We must stay ever vigilant and always on our spiritual toes so as to not be beguiled by the one masquerading as the angel of light. God can and will give us insight and wisdom so we can discern between the genuine and the counterfeit, but we must first ask Him and secondly grow in our understanding so as to accept what He tells us. Please remember this blog as I attempt in future blogs to lay out how the enemy managed to cause so much havoc in my life and ministry 30+ years ago. Thank you for reading!

 Kirk M
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K Reynolds+

As I read your blog, I was thinking about how the enemy tries to appeal to our senses. It may look good, sound good, smell good, taste good and feel good but it isn't. It is deadly. We cannot trust in our own senses or our own wisdom when it comes to sin. We simply can't. We absolutely must trust God that when He says "No!" it means no and for good reason. We must listen to what God tells us as opposed to what anyone else, including ourselves, thinks or says.

Blessings!

K :princess:

John Knox+

Good blog - well written full of important truth. You are correct regarding the serpent for it is only at Gen 3 14 that the serpent so called is condemned by God to slither on its belly suggesting that before the fall it did not. As you suggest the word serpent in Hebrew refers not so much to a physical shape but to its form of guile.

wmj

Barbra Lambert

Thank you, Kirk, for this insightfulness regarding the serpent. You have written of it with good research and detailed explanation; and wmj's comment has underscored your point quite well.