Part 3 - The Serpent

Who or What Was the Serpent?

A casual reader of the Bible who was taught as a child that the serpent was a snake in a tree that somehow convinced Eve to eat an apple will certainly visualize a snake who can talk. But really, can a snake talk? Exactly how then did the serpent seduce Eve? To understand this from a Biblical perspective, you will need to remove from your mind those pictures seen as a child of a snake wrapped around a tree while talking to Eve and discover what the Bible actually says. Genesis 3:1 states, "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?"

This is one of the mysteries of God that has remained hidden, but now it is revealed.


This verse gives us the first clue as to who the serpent was. He was a beast and not a snake or a reptile. He was more “subtil” (which means subtle, shrewd, crafty, sly, and sensible) than any of the other beasts of the field. He had to have been the highest order of animal life next to man. He could reason and speak human language so he must have been very close to the human race, much more than any chimpanzee or ape, because he was able to both reason and talk. He was certainly not a reptile wrapped around a tree because he walked erect like humans do. This is evident from God’s Word. Genesis 3:14 states, "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:"

He apparently didn’t crawl upon his belly before God cursed him or else it would have been pointless for God to curse him. It is evident that part of the curse was that his form was to be changed and that he would no longer walk upright but would have to crawl upon his belly. So, the beast known as the serpent was not a snake, for he could reason and talk and walk upright. He was able to beguile, or deceive, Eve into sinning. Eve in turn, gave to Adam and he partook of sin also.

It is important to understand that sons of God were to reproduce as God does and that is by spiritual multiplication, by the means of the Spoken Word of God. Genesis 1:27-28 states, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." God created Adam in Genesis 1:27 in His image, which is Spirit.

John 4:24 states, "God is a Spirit..." Even though God had created Adam’s spirit, He had not yet placed him into an earthly form to till the Garden. Genesis 2:5 states, ".... and there was not a man to till the ground." Genesis 2:7 states, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." In Genesis 1:27, man was created as a spirit in God’s image, but yet was not tangible or physical with a corporeal body. There was no man to till the ground until God formed a physical body from the dust of the earth.

It is easy to see by studying these two passages that God created man’s spirit first (Genesis 1:27) and then placed the spirit of man into a body that He had formed from dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). It is important to realize that when God told Adam to multiply and replenish the earth, he was still a “spirit man” for his spirit had not yet been placed into a corporeal body. Let me restate that: While Adam was still “spirit man” and before his body was formed from the dust of the earth, Adam was told to be fruitful and multiply. Man was not told to reproduce in a sexual manner. He was told as a spirit to reproduce as God does and that was by the power of the spoken word. Granted though, God made man so that he could reproduce sexually when formed into his corporeal body for the purpose of free moral agency. However, Adam was instructed to reproduce by Spirit means and that is by the spoken word. Every son of Adam, as an offspring of God, would then have been born by creative Word in the same manner that God reproduces. This is exactly how God brought forth Jesus, the Second Adam.

Jesus was not born of sexual birth, but by the spoken Word of God. God created a blood cell (both egg and sperm) and placed it in the Virgin Mary by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost. Flesh then formed around that created blood cell and fashioned the body of Jesus. When we are born again of the Second Adam, we too are born of the Spirit by the Word, in the manner that we were supposed to have been before the fall of man. I Peter 1:23 states, "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." We know our first birth was wrong because we have to be born again. By our first birth, we are born into all the pain, sorrow, and death it entails. By the second birth we are born into Eternal Life and all the joy that it entails.

Here is the Biblical account of what happened in the Garden of Eden. The Bible says that Eve was beguiled by the serpent. It says in Genesis 3:1 "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made." This beast was so close to a human being (and yet was an animal) that he could reason and talk. He was an upright creature and was somewhat in between a chimpanzee and a man, but closer to a man. He was so close to being human that his seed could, and did mingle with that of the woman and cause her to conceive. When this happened, God cursed the serpent. He changed every bone in the serpent's body so that he had to crawl like a snake. Science can try all that it wants to, but it won't find the missing link. God saw to that. Man is smart and can see an association of man with animal, and he tries to prove it by the theory of evolution. There isn't any evolution, but man and animal did mingle. This is one of the mysteries of God that has remained hidden, but now it is revealed. It happened there in the midst of Eden when Eve turned away from Life to accept Death.

 

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