Summary: Snakes, a study in symbolism in scripture.

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Snakes of the Bible If I had to guess which animal on this earth that would put more fear into a man that any other, it would have to be a serpent {Snake}. As a child, I always worried that one of these crawly things would sneak upon me and bite. I’ve always had great fear of them, not too much unlike Indiana Jones. The Bible tells us of many types of snakes and uses them as illustrations of evil and craftiness. We see a talking snake in Genesis and the Devil as a snake in revelations, a sign of death and also a sign of life. Why both? Because God commands the snake to do His bidding. Our first run in with these animals is in Genesis. Gen 3:1 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?” A talking snake, the Indians use to say that, a white man always talked with a forked tong {a lying tong} The Indian had knowledge of this story of Gen. Before He met the outsiders. Gods’ word gets to all men in one way or the other. Now Adam, trying to lay off the blame on Eve remarked,

Gen 3:12 And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. Now women, isn’t that just like a man, he never asks for directions, but when he finally does he always says, “ Well I tried to tell my wife were going the wrong direction but you know how women are.” Gen 3:13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. At least Eve told the whole truth. She didn’t try to put the blame on the serpent or Adam, she knew what she did was wrong and was prepared to take the consequences. Gen 3:14 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: If you noticed in Gen. 3:14, God talks directly to the serpent. Now a point of discussion here is, Did the serpent talk, hear and understand God. Did the serpent allow Satan to inhabit him and lead the attack on Eve? Is this the reason that a snake has a split tong or was it split after his deception of Eve? Was the tong of the serpent, formally created by God, with the ability to speak, not only of the serpent but did all animals at the beginning have the ability to talk to God? What about now? {Very important to understand the relevants, to us, in the light of the scripture} (Reference, 2Peter 2:16 ,Num 22:23, 22:28 thru 22:33)

. Lets look at the symbolism for snakes in the Bible. Snakes used as symbol of easy victory for Dan over His enemies

Gen 49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. Snakes as a symbol of Jesus crucifixion and healing for Moses in the midst of a plague. Num 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. Snakes and their pits as a symbol of destruction on all inhabitants of the earth for refusing to believe in Jesus and repent. What the end will look and sound like.

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