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The Serpent, our Third Character, Makes his Grand Entry

The Serpent, also known as the Devil or Satan, is one of the biggest myths of all times: Does he exist? Were Adam and Eve so boring that God had to create the Devil to compensate?

The Serpent. Down through history, he is presented at the arch-enemy of God, as a fallen angel due to his vanity.
The Serpent. Down through history, he is presented at the arch-enemy of God, as a fallen angel due to his vanity. But at the same time, a highly intelligent and creative being.

Scene 4: The Serpent makes his grand entry (3rd character)

Now the Serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, has God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the Serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.

And the Serpent said to the woman; you shall not surely die: For God knows that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise… (Genesis 3:1–6)

The Serpent’s Character

  1. The nature of the Serpent is one of subtlety; this is a crucial point that we will delve into in-depth. I’ve created a video course to help understand what the Biblical Hebrew word (aram) for subtlety means.
  2. The Serpent can communicate with humans and makes itself understood. In this context, it is through face to face discussion; at other times, it can be by other means. Again, this sounds preposterous, but so does Mickey Mouse and Tinkerbell, when you think about it.
  3. He immediately quotes part of a true statement made by God “…not eat of every tree of the garden.” So, quoting the truth doesn’t mean the individual who quotes is right.
  4. When Eve gives the correct answer, the Serpent responds with a half-truth — which, in essence, is a lie, ‘You shall not surely die.’ True, death was not immediate or even imminent, so he isn’t entirely wrong — but he is intentionally leading them astray, because sooner or later, ultimately Adam and Eve will die-as God said — and the Serpent knows it.
  5. The Serpent adds a strong enticement that is intended to make them feel more important than what they are, i.e., “you shall be as gods” or, we can alternatively read the Hebrew, “you shall be as God.” Yet, keep in mind that God had already given them dominion over the entire earth! God had given them particular importance. The Serpent raises them even higher, putting them on an equal pedestal with God. The Serpent insists on instilling self-importance.
  6. The Serpent adds two qualities human beings crave:
    > Understanding how, why: gaining wisdom. He tells them, your eyes shall be opened. In other words, you’ll have a CLEARER vision of yourself and your relationship to the world around you and the other characters in the play than before. If there’s one point to garner, it’s the meaning of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3.6): a tree to be desired to make one wise We shall often return to this wisdom because it is the source of a lot of our difficulties.
    > He also adds, knowing good and evil. You’ll learn and decide by and for yourselves what is right and wrong. The Serpent contends that humanity can define what is good and evil. Humankind can establish its own regulations of what to do, and what not to do, without having rules dictated to them.

God allowed the Serpent to entice humans

  1. Not only does the Serpent exist, but
  2. God has allowed him to do his thing.

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Biblical Hebrew is my passion, the basis of my writing. I ministered & reside in Paris, FR. My books reveal the Bible is a 21st C. handbook. TheExplanation.com