Teachings

THE SERPENT

   FAIRY TALES!
   The Bible calls them “cunningly devised fables”! 

   This is heart wrenching to say, but many tales have found their way into the hearts and minds of God’s people from the very thing that should be teaching truth: The pulpit.

   Such is the case of the SERPENT!  Perhaps this subject has embraced so much error that it has tainted the very nature and character of our God, whom we call “FATHER”

   We have always said, “if you get the beginning right:, you will be able to follow the same concept all the way to the end of the story”.  For instance, in a musical scale, there are 7 notes.  An octave has 7 notes, plus an additional c: (c-d-e-f-g-a-b-c).  The second c is the same as the first c, only higher.  Let’s say you don’t know the 8th note of an octave.  If you don’t know the foundational notes, you cannot make melodious, harmonious, sweet-sounding music.  The same is true of the gospel.  Get the beginnings of any subject right, and the rest will sound pleasant to the ear.

   So, Genesis, being the beginning of the scriptures; the beginning of ALL things concerning the earth, it is imperative to know where the serpent came from, because we find him first mentioned in Genesis 3:1. 

   Genesis 3:1: Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.

   It is worth our while to note the word “made” means completed or finished.  God used four action words in Genesis chapter one for His purposes.  1. Let –  2. Create –  3. Made – 4. Form

  1. Let: That which was already there, He called to come forth; “Let there be light”. 
  2. Create: Begin, as in the womb.  This is like building a car on an assembly line; but the car is not finished until it is put together.
   3. Made: Completed/Finished
   4. Form: Used what was available (dust) to shape mankind.

   So, since the scripture says that the “serpent” was “made”, it means he was completed the way God intended him to be.

   John 8:44: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father will ye do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

   Beginning means “The point at which something starts: origin”. So, where and whenever the serpent was made…that was his beginning.

  Revelation 20:2:  He laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, which is the devil, and Satan… An unholy godhead! It fully describes his nature and character. The dragon bears all three titles.   “MADE” for God’s purposes.  Why would Father do that?  I must answer that with another question.  How are you going to have a choice between life and death without an opposing force? 

   So, in Genesis 3, we find the serpent is subtle.  In other scriptures, we find that the serpent is poison, has a sharp tongue, is crooked, bites, is beguiling, eats dust, (flesh), is fiery, and wise.  Lest you think he eats literal flesh, eat is a “sign” word, meaning communicates. He communicates through the flesh. The serpent is a force to be reckoned with.  God desired Adam to do exactly that, by listening to what God said, and not the serpent’s words. 

   But I am getting ahead of myself.  Here is the way the story of the serpent is usually told throughout much of Christianity today: 

   As the story goes, Satan was one of three archangels mentioned in scripture: Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer.  He was created by God, just as all angels were. Lucifer was called by God to be the Angel of worship; one whose ministry surrounded the heart of heaven.  He was created to dwell eternally in the throne room of heaven, in the very Presence of God.  Lucifer was magnificent.  Unfortunately, pride became his downfall.  He wanted to be like the Most High.  Ezekiel 28 supposedly reveals this fall from heaven, which resulted in him becoming what many today, call Satan.

   Now, will the real Lucifer, please stand up!  Let’s get Father’s word on it.

   I was reading Isaiah 14.  I had read 6 verses and decided I did not want to read anymore.  However, when I started to set the book down, I heard the Lord say, “Keep reading”.  So, I read a few more verses and could not get anything out of it, so again, I decided to shut the book.  Again, I heard the Lord say, “Keep reading”.  The same thing happened a third time, so I decided to finish the chapter.  I came to verse 16: They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, is this the MAN that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; etc.  I suggest you read the rest of the chapter. 

   Nowhere does Isaiah attribute any of this chapter to the unholy godhead!  If we read it in the Lamsa bible, the name Lucifer does not even appear there.  He does, however, mention the king of Babylon. Lamsa is translated from the original Aramaic language of Christ.  I see the king of Babylon as a type of Adam in this scripture.  It certainly makes sense that Adam turned the world upside down.  Babylon has followed in his footsteps to this day. Notice in the King James, the word after Lucifer is son. (Isaiah 14:12) To which of the angels did he ever call son? He definitely was not the son of the morning.

  Many say that Satan was an anointed cherub based on Ezekiel 28:14. This scripture mentions the king of Tyre.  Perhaps “cherub” is a sign word here, pointing to the king of Tyre. I do not know that for sure but to say the cherub was Lucifer, is to ignore the plain teaching of John 8:44, mentioned above, spoken by Jesus himself. 

   So, armed with what the Holy Spirit revealed to me the day I was reading Isaiah 14, I began to search this whole matter out.  Where did the term Lucifer come from? It was taken from Jerome’s Latin Vulgate (385 -405 A.D.) by those who translated the King James version of the bible.  The Hebrew word for Lucifer is “Heylel”, which suggests the idea of “shining”, or bearing “light”.  Jerome used the title Lucifer, as the word meant “the morning star” in LATIN.   

   In Genesis, we first discover the principle of testing and temptation.  Father was there, testing Adam with a view to approval.  The serpent was there also, tempting Adam with a motivation to make him fall.  Testing and temptation always depends on the motivation of the tester and tempter.  Life (listening to God) and death (listening to the serpent) are always present in our choices.  We have opportunity after opportunity to choose between two opposing forces. 

   We see this principle at work in the life of Job.  Job was a righteous man, which means he was a man of God, and he was not a child.  The scripture says that he feared (respected) God and eschewed evil.  He had great wealth, and 10 children.  Job learned something he had never known about God, through a trial (some suggested it was a 9 month trial???). We know that Job learned something because, however long it took, he made the statement that he “had heard of God with the hearing of his ear, but now his eye did see”.  Seeing means understanding.

   Let’s look at his experience for a moment.

   Who drew Satan’s attention to Job?  GOD!

   Job 1:8: And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect (mature) and an upright man, one that feareth God, and turns away from evil?

   Who accused God?  Satan!

   Job 1:9-10: Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for naught?  Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?  Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

   Now, after he says this, Satan challenges God.

   Job 1:11: But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

   Proverbs  26: As a bird flying to other places, as a sparrow going here and there, the curse without a cause does not come.  It is good to realize how fair God is!

   Job 1:12: And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.  So, Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

   We all know that Satan does not speak the truth. He told God that He put a hedge about Job.  I don’t believe Satan, and may I dare say we should take a good look at what God said also.  God merely pointed out that Job’s hedge was down, and gave him permission to tempt him, stating where his limits were.  It does not say that God took the hedge down. I believe the following scripture proves why his hedge was down:

   Job 3:25: For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me.

   Through the entire trial, God provoked Job to believe that God had not given him a spirit of fear, but of love and of peace, and a sound mind.  Perhaps this is the lesson Job learned and why he could then say, “I had heard of thee with the hearing of my ear, but now mine eye doth see”.

   If you will read Job 41, you will see that this is what God was telling Job just before he was able to “see”.  It must have been humbling.  I read this a lot to keep perspective of who I am and who He is.  So, the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. 

   This story convinced me that Satan, that old serpent, the devil cannot do anything without permission from our Father.  As the expression goes, God always makes a silk purse out of a sow’s ear!  We can get to the point of understanding the following: Whenever we are going through a bad situation, we can absolutely know it will change. Since we have become acquainted with God’s ways, and we are able to live by faith, whether we are in the situation for righteousness sake or because of our own faults, we know that God will secure victory for us.  Job’s unbelief was corrected.

   1st Peter 1:7: The trial of your (put “my”) faith is much more precious than gold that perishes.

   Therefore, God counsels us:

   Revelation 3:8a: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed.

   He succors us out of everything and forms the character of Christ in us.  This is why Paul said, “I travail again, until Christ be formed in you. Even though Job was righteous and mature, there were still areas in his life that needed correcting. 

   Isaiah 48:10: Behold I have refined you, but not with silver: I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

   Galatians 4:19: My little children of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.

   It could not be any clearer.  Jesus faced temptation also.  He went through an experience in the wilderness, drawn away by the Spirit of God to be tempted by the devil.  The difference is that he never yielded to it, so he never suffered for his own faults.  He suffered being tempted, and he suffered so great a contradiction of sinners.  Jesus got it right by depending on the word of God in tough situations.  He learned obedience this way.  He is therefore able to help us in the during any trial if we will just depend on Him. 

   Hebrews 2:18: For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.  

   So, if we want to avoid correction, we must make the choice to follow Father’s voice first, not the serpents.  It does not mean we will not have to endure suffering, but we are blessed when we suffer for righteousness sake. 

   It is our choice to make Satan fail.  He is not an angel, and never was.  He must have permission from God to do anything.  He is a defeated foe.  Come up hither and pay him no attention.

   I will finish this with the following scripture:  1st Kings 20:28: And there came a man of God and spake unto the king of Israel, and said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills, (good experiences) but he is not God of the valleys, (sufferings) therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall know that I am the LORD. 

  
Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive study on the serpent, but if you are not convinced it is true, I am hopeful it will provoke your thinking enough that you will ask our Father the truth of the matter, and not just keep accepting traditional teachings as if they are the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    During every situation life hands you: EXPECT GREATLY… EXPECT FATHER!

   I HOPE THIS HELPS SOMEONE: BONNIE   

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