Satan the Serpent
Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field
that Yahuwah 'Elohiym had made - Genesis 3:1
The word "serpent", mentioned here, is translated from the word
nachash. This word can mean in the sense of a verb: to whisper,
prognosticate or enchant. As a noun it
can mean an incantation,
an enchantment or a snake.It is of
interest and importance to also
note that the same root is used to
mean "copper" : nechuwshah
and the Chaldean word for "copper"
(nechash)are virtually identical
to the word which is used for "serpent" in Genesis 3:1.
Was an actual snake involved in the temptation of Eve?
I have encountered, recently, quite a bit of material which supposes that
there was no involvement of any
reptile in the events of Genesis 3. This view is
often closely associated with the idea
that the method of temptation also
did not involve a literal tree nor any
literal fruit. It is noted in this view that
the definition of the word "nachash"
only associates serpents with the
meaning by way of attributing the
primary definition to its character,
such as hissing and a sneaky, crafty
Without going off topic and delving
into the literal or non-literal meaning of
trees and fruit, the use of the word
nachash can be found throughout
scripture in reference to instances
where anything But a literal snake would
be quite odd. An example would be
Exodus 4:3 when Moses cast a rod upon
the ground and it became a serpent.
YHWH commands him to then put forth
his hand and take the serpent by its
tail. It's a logical conclusion, then,
that the word nachash is, at least at
times, used to mean an actual,
Another source to examine for evidence of the presence of an actual
serpent in the garden of Eden is what
history and archeology have to say
about serpents throughout a wide array
of cultures. Serpents, are perhaps,
the most heavily dealt with beasts in
religious and mythological records.
They are seen as embodiments of evil,
wisdom, luck, power, knowledge
and enchantment. Depicted in ancient
art countless numbers of times,
they are often shown as an evil to be
defeated or feared..as if mankind
had learned to associate their
misfortune in life with this beast. Other
depictions actually portray a serpent
with a tree and human beings
nearby....a scene very reminiscent of
the description of events in
Some even depict serpents as having legs. Recall the curse put on the
serpent - "Because you have done this,
you are cursed more than all
cattle and more than every beast of
the field. You shall go on your belly
and you shall eat dust all the days of your life." Genesis 3:14
So then if we have the involvement of a real beast...how did this beast
come to be used as Satan's tool and
why a serpent rather than some
other animal or why did Satan himself
not appear instead of using
a creature as his medium?
First we can look at what is unique about the serpent as opposed to
other animals. " Now the serpent was
more cunning than any beast
of the field..." You might look at a
modern snake crawling through your
own garden and not associate it with a
great degree of intelligence, and
such is the case now with this animal
who has been debased from its
original created form both in
appearance and brain power, but not only
did the serpent once have a very
different form, it also had great intellect.
Though most might be accustomed to
considering humans the only earthly
creatures with sentient intelligence
and feel that this is directly connected
to mankind being created in YHWH's
image...there is not an actual parallel
between human monopoly on intelligence
and their unique design in His
Humans are designed in His image in
the sense that they literally resemble
the form of their Maker, both in
appearance and in having an imperishable
and individual spirit. The serpent was
not made in the image of YHWH
but it was created with great
intelligence and even a sentient will that
could yield to Satan.
This brings us to another point about
why the serpent as opposed to some
other animal. YHWH created man in His
image, but is man the only creature
who had a "model" they were created to
resemble? Consider a particular
classification of angelic being called
a Seraph. Seraphim are mentioned in
the English translation of the Bible
in Isaiah: "Above it stood seraphim, each
one had six wings, with two he covered
his face, with two he covered his feet,
and with two he flew." Isaiah
The word in Hebrew - saraph means a
fiery, burning creature identified with
a serpent and interestingly...copper.
(refer back to the words nachash and
nechuwshah). The word saraph occurs
also in Numbers 21:8 and is
translated "fiery serpent" and again
in Isaiah 14 and 30 also translated
a "fiery serpent". In Revelation,
Satan is referred to as "that old serpent,
called the Devil and Satan" Revelation
12:9. If the animal known as a
serpent was modeled or "made in the
image" of the class of angelic beings
to which Satan himself belongs, it is
quite logical that he chose this beast
as the most suitable physical housing for himself.
Why didn't Satan himself manifest physically to Eve? Because he couldn't.
Satan had no physical presence and as
a rebellious spirit outside of
YHWH's will, he had no authority to
breach the divide between the
spiritual and physical realms without
the explicit consent to inhabit
a native, physical resident of earth.
Satan: The Originator of Sin
Satan is most often connected to the individual called "Lucifer" spoken of
in Isaiah 14...i do not agree that
these are the same individuals, but that
subject is for a different discussion.
The bible does, however, provide an
understanding of his goals, his
motives and when he initiated his rebellion.
He is described inJob as an opponent
of both the Creator and those who
serve Him...attempting to lay accusation against YHWH's servants in order
to destroy them.
He behaves like a malicious
prosecuting attorney, he can't supersede his
Creator's law so instead he attempts
to work it to his ends...knowing that
the wages of sin are death, he seeks
to demand the full penalty of breaking
the law when a person stumbles...and
is not above tempting you to stumble
so he can. (Thank Yahushua for
In Revelation are these verses about
"And war broke out in the heaven.
Miyka'el and his angels fought with the
dragon.And the dragon and his angels
fought but they did not prevail nor was a
place found for them in heaven any
longer. So the great dragon was cast out,
that serpent of old, called the Diablos and Satan, who deceives the whole world.
He was cast to the earth and his
angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a
loud voice saying in the sky, "At this
moment salvation and strength and the
kingdom of our 'Eloah and the power of
His Anointed have come, for the accuser
of our brothers who accused them
before our 'Eloah day and night, has been
cast down. " Revelation 12:7-10
This future event shows some of Satan's goals...he has a desire
to literally overthrow YHWH, His law
and His will, to the (insane) point
he will even storm the "gates of
heaven" and engage His faithful angels in battle.
Some will see this as a description of
a past event, however it is clear by looking
throughout scripture that until this
point, he brings before YHWH accusation
against believers and is denoted as the "prince of the power of the air"...
still having access to heavenly realms.
Satan was the original sinner...having been created (as were all creatures)
good, he conceived the antithesis of
creation...destruction, in that he willfully
began to oppose the sovereign will of
YHWH which by its very nature upholds
all creation...the natural consequence of that opposition is destruction...
the wages of sin were always death. In
his dissent, he successfully lured
legions of other angelic beings into
his vision of a universe without YHWH.
This event occurred before mankind
existed, as obviously he was already in
a sinful state when he tempted Eve.
This is the rebellion most believers are
familiar with, and it was the one
which would set in course all other instances
of willful sin for all of time...but
it might not be as well known that it wasn't
the last angelic rebellion. That's another discussion.