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. I made no mention of Satan, I mentioned only the snake, or Nachash in the original Hebrew. And whether you want to be bothered by it or not, the snake(which was never associated with the devil until the Middle Ages) did tell Eve the truth did it not? Did she eat the fruit? Yes. Did she did? No. Then the snake was truthful and god was a liar according to the Jewish texts. If Nachash is Satan could you please explain why Moses staff turned into Nachash when he confronted the Pharoah? If Nachash is Satan, why then would Moses bring him to life as his avatar?
God lies to Adam about the tree of knowledge
And by the same token, then Dan is a snake according to Gen. 49:17, Nero is called a lion in 2 Timothy 4:17, Herod is a fox (Luke 13:32), and Judah is called a ‘lion’s whelp’. These figures of speech show that something much more real and truer to truth is intended showing something much more real than the letter of the word. Thus the Hebrew word for serpent in Gen.3 is nacash (from the root Nacash, ‘to shine’), means ‘a shining one’. These accords with Paul in 2 Cor.11 where he defines the serpent as Satan who is ‘an angel of light’.
But what of Genesis 3:14; When God confronts the serpent He says;
“...upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust thou shalt eat all the day of thy life. 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.”
Again we have more figures of speech employed here. God said He would put enmity, or hostility, between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. And that the seed of the serpent would ‘bruise the heel’ of the seed of the woman, while her seed would bruise the serpent’s head. In the New International Version of the Bible, referring to the seed of the woman, it says ‘he will crush your head’. Of course this verse is the first prophecy in scripture of the coming Messiah who would ultimately destroy the works of the serpent (Satan) while it also states that the Devil would bruise or strike the heel of the Messiah. This could, or do refer to the crucifixion when the ‘princes of this world’ (1 Cor. 2:8) murdered the Lord Jesus. But this striking of the heel is a non fatal attack to a non vital part of the body, the heel, as He was raised from death three days later. However, the serpent having his head crushed by the Messiah is a much more grievous injury in that it implies that all Satan’s plans and plots and schemes will one day be destroyed when finally he is cast into the Lake of Fire. Romans 16:20 says, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” (NIV) Again, this is a figure of speech and does not mean our literal feet.
The point is; it is not speaking of the literal heel of Jesus neither is it speaking of the literal head of Satan. These are both figures of speech.
In the same way, ‘on thy belly shalt thou go’, is a figure which means more than a literal belly of a snake. It is describing the utter humiliation of Satan as he must crawl on his belly in submission before the Most High God because of his sin. The same truth applies to the words, “Dust shalt thou eat.” Snakes do not eat dust.
originally posted by: KaelemJames
a reply to: SuperFrog
It is taking the time to study the Scriptures, and with that prayer. You need the Living Word to guide you in the Written word.
There are times when I don't have a clue what something in the Scripture means, and then later on, or a week or two later it just hits me. Like an awakening. Of course, having quiet time with God daily is the only way to receive an "awakening"
originally posted by: deadeyedick
a reply to: peter vlar"as opposed to living for decades" i never got that memo.
I came across the info of moses through a vision i was givin of moses's inner child. he was nerveous about going to a place where everyone would be against him. He was speaking with an angel about what to do and was reassured that he would get it right and to use his knowledge of nature to guide him. There is nothing that says you have to accept my vision i just like to tell it like it is.
As far as i know Adam and Eve would have lived forever
if not for satan coming in the form of a snake to lead them astray from the plan by eating forbiddin fruit. That seems to be the story everytime i have read it.
my first guess would be that it was sex that was introduced in the garden and that the serpent was adam's snake. That would put the struggle internally making the adversary just another part of adam but that is just me taking mental leaps and not sure i believe that.
If you take into account that we are part plant and part animal then much of the bible takes a different meaning.