Originally published February 11, 2019
The intent of Part 1 was to expose the serpent of Genesis as the devil himself and not the imagined snake as he is popularized:
Revelation 12:9 (KJV) “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceived the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
Revelation 20:2 (KJV) “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.”
2 Corinthians 11:3 “. . . as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty.”
G3789 ὄφις óphis, of’-is probably from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively, (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan:—serpent.
Speaking to the King of Tyre, an earthly representation of Satan and one of his many titles, God Says in
Ezekiel 28:13 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.”
From the above, we know that Satan was in the garden. What we do not know is how long Adam and Eve lived in the garden before their encounter with Satan. It appears that Satan avoided them until he solidified his plan to deceive them. We can reasonably infer from Scripture that Satan was there plotting and perfecting his scheme for some time before he actually approached Eve and then Adam.
We read in Genesis 3:14, “. . . upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” The imagery of Satan being cast to the ground, crawling on his belly, and eating dust is consistent with the use of figurative language used throughout Holy Scripture. This phraseology portrays utter humiliation and prostration before God. Psalm 44:25 says, “For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.” These words paint symbolic pictures to help us understand the intended truth. Likewise, “eating dust” is an expression of total subjugation. Just as in Psalm 72:9, Eating or licking dust is complete abasement, “They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.” It is the same as when we hear someone say, “lick my boots” (frequently heard in old western movies). It suggests utter subjection and humiliation!
Now let’s consider Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
The first thing we realize is that a woman does not have seed; She has eggs. Seed is masculine, male. Thus the “seed of the woman” is a man. We understand from the context (and because we have read the Bible which is one comprehensive chronicle from beginning to end) that He, the seed, is the Christ. Similarly, to “crush” Satan’s head is to completely destroy all his evil plans, schemes, and intentions. They shall all come to an end.
Scripture is beautiful in its construction. The Church is the body of Christ (1Corinthians 12:27). We are taught in Romans 16:20, “. . . the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet (the Church) shortly . . .” Amazingly, to Israel, the nation of God, was given the oracles of God. To the Church, the body of Christ was given the Gospel of Grace. The spoiling of Satan is accomplished by the teaching of this Gospel by the Church. This is our privilege and responsibility. And by our spreading of the Gospel, Satan is defeated. At the culmination of all things, Satan will nevermore hinder the purposes of God. Satan, his dominions, and all God rejecting mankind will be consigned to the “Lake of fire prepared for the devil and his demons” Mt. 25:41.
The expression “bruising” of Christ’s heel is rich in meaning. Although Satan plotted to send Jesus to the cross as a final solution to achieve his end, to Satan’s dismay Jesus arose from the grave. Satan inadvertently helped bring about the washing away of our sin and the free gift of eternal life. In so doing he sealed his own fate—literally crushing his own head. Crushed, never to be healed, whereas Christ’s death on the cross was as a bruise which healed and brought about GLORY for all who are the faithful seed of Abraham.
Hebrews 2:14 (KJV) “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil”
1 John 3:18 (KJV) “My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”
Revelation 20:1-3 (KJV) “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”
Revelation 20:10 (KJV) “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
Figures of speech are employed in scripture to paint vivid, powerful word pictures in our minds to express the deeper truth and reality intended in the text. Images reinforce our understanding and stick in our minds much more readily than simple words. God is AWESOME!
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