According to the book of Revelation, referring to THE enemy of God, there is an entity known as the dragon, but is more commonly referred to as the devil, Satan, and the more rare title: the ancient serpent.
We see footprints of the devil’s doings throughout the good book; he harassed Job, he fought with the archangel Michael, he tempted the Lord, he chased Peter, he followed Paul looking for a foothold, and without a doubt, he was responsible for the fall of man through Eve, as he pretended to be the ‘good serpent’ from the west.
Scripture speaks eloquently that Eve was beguiled by the subtilty of the serpent, and Paul offers a cautious word to pay attention to the simple message of the gospel, lest brethren also see a corruption of their minds. We are taught that Adam was not deceived, but the woman most certainly was, but this first introduction of sin was laid at the feet of Adam, for as the head of Eve, according to Paul, he brought the offence whereby judgment came to ALL mankind.
It is a fair question to be asked however as to Adam’s care for his wife. After all, the Lord God presented her to him, and as the first married couple, surely Adam loved his bride. What role then did he play in the downfall of Eve? Did his affections stray toward her in time, which then opened a wedge for the devil that he never had before?
In the process of time, Eve believed another gospel, and she was tempted by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. The cunning serpent came to her in the cool of the day and said: ‘Yea hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’ It has been pointed out, that the fall of Eve was equally the fall of Adam, for they were one.
The serpent according to the Lord Jesus, has not the truth in him. A half truth is the blackest of lies, for a drop of poison in a glass is a poisonous drink.
So the serpent lied once again when he said ‘ye shall not surely die,’ for scripture clearly states: ‘the wages of sin is death.’ The serpent as the devil boasts further: ‘the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.’ Eve could have said, ‘begone Satan,’ but the word of God was vacillating in her heart.
She saw the tree was good for food –the lust of the flesh. She apparently saw that it was pleasant to the eyes –the lust of the eyes. She saw that it was a tree to be desired to make one wise –the pride of life
John the apostle tenderly warned NOT to love the world, why? Because what is written above, is not of the Father, but ‘is of the world.’ He states that if the word of God abideth in a believer, he in fact has overcome the wicked one, who of course is he who lies in wait deceiving the whole world.
Now ask yourself, is there a connection with the serpent of Genesis, the temptation of Eve, the introduction of sin, the temptation of Christ, the warnings regarding Satan as an angel of light bringing another gospel, the reference by Paul regarding the same serpent and his continued interest in the gospel, and his ultimate demise, WITH a simple beast of the field having the knowledge that is a pure attack on the word of God?
It appears that all these connections have to do with the ancient serpent, whose ways are nothing devilish, satanic, and diabolical through and through, who is also the angel of light who transforms himself into a minister of righteousness. There is an unveiling of truth in God’s word that is learned here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept.
It takes attention to follow God’s links, and I would ask any who doubts this to please explain the nature, meaning, and destiny of the ‘cherubim,’ having only read about them for the first time in Genesis 3.24. Honesty demands that without further illumination, this would be impossible, for there is no context in the chapter by itself. We may as well try to explain the color blue to either a blind man, or a 2 month old newborn.
The doctrine of the cherubim is properly unfolded both by scripture and time, for centuries later, even the Hebrew writer spoke of a depth not fully opened by stating ‘we cannot speak of the cherubim NOW more particularly.’ It is this logic that must be used when tracing the course of the serpent. The knowledge that the serpent possessed was other worldly, and was a direct assault on the promises of God, the word of God, and the throne of God itself.
Satan is a liar, the father of it, and when he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own. Do we get this? He speaks of his own, and the serpent did a fine job of selling the goods to Eve, who then gave to her husband Adam. ‘Ye shall be as gods.’ Ah yes, more of the same lie, a tempters trick appealing to the mind which is subject to vanity. What ‘gods’ did the serpent have in mind? Perhaps a self-made god like the devil? Perhaps a crafty god such as Satan? How clever, how convenient, but how diabolical. Some say the devil a little truth.
Really, are we going with that? Upon careful examination of everything the serpent said, I agree with the Lord Jesus, ‘there is no truth in him.’ His words appear to be true but they are not, similar to Satan saying ‘cast thyself down…for it is written….he will give his angels charge over thee…’ A lie; sounds true for did he not quote the word of God?
Assuredly so, but apart from its intended meaning. And this is exactly where the serpent is fluent, for he appeals to the wayward of mind, and the Lord would have nothing in him. Had Eve and Adam been about the Father’s business, there would have rejected the enemy’s advances, but like her, Adam, and all humanity, you and I would have done something similar, possibly worse, but the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked above all things, who can know it?
Well, Satan knows it, that wicked one, for his specialty was and is DECEIT. The devil’s tracks were in Eden, the promise of the seed of the woman that his head would be bruised was the first promise of a redeemer, and the battle in the heavenlies goes on even today.
Cain was of the ‘wicked one,’ gee I wonder who that would be, as there would be antagonism because of sin, which bringeth death. Where by the way, did Cain get the idea to murder since it never occurred? Hmmm. Good question. It appears it came from a dark heart, a heart that was religious in nature, but a divided heart, full of half-truths, similar to the serpent’s pedigree.
Many have gone the ‘way of Cain,’ they who love unrighteousness, and Jude calls them brute beasts. How fitting a label when we think of they who are of their father the devil. It is hard to imagine how anybody with the scriptures in hand could say the devil was not in the garden. The devil was rather smart to leave Adam alone at that precise moment, for Paul tells young Timothy: ‘Adam was not deceived,’ but in Romans he says, ‘for by one MAN sin entered the world, and death by sin.’
Thus the perfect harmony of God’s word which is forever settled in heaven. Adam was the head of his wife, but he was also the federal head of the human race. The fall of the husband! This serpent however, appeared to Eve standing upright, the same way the cherubim stand upright, for this ‘shining one,’ this ‘nachash,’ walked the earth, seeking whom he may devour, and Eve was tricked.
Scripture does say ‘Adam was with her,’ and this is quite interesting. Did Adam hear the whisper from the serpent? Don’t know. This creature did not startle her; he spoke as a man speaks to a friend, and this was no mere snake as most people assume. This was the lord of the earth seeking help in his rebellion against God.
I would draw your attention to Isaiah 65. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s (nachash) meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. Note this is a millennial promise where a wolf does not devour the lamb, the animal kingdom is to be tame as the curse is lifted from the garden, yet, the serpent’s meat is still dust.
The curse pronounced upon Satan will only be removed entirely when time expires, for currently he has a very long leash. This shining being found favor with Eve; I would guess he ran into her several times and purposefully avoided her until a more convenient season; clever really, as he showed himself just an ‘ordinary’ being, who is harmless, just as a bird or giraffe.
One can’t help but to consider the thought of the ‘snake’ slipping out of his skin, and transforming himself into that ‘angel of light.’ There is something beautiful yet alarming as to that ‘natural’ occurrence; how that reptile being ‘changes.’ Surely you can see the analogy as to the devil’s wiles. But in time, Eve put out her wayward hand, with Adam somehow, and they were caught without the Lord, and well, the downfall of the human race began.
But let’s remember, Adam was to blame for this according to God.