The Serpent Attacks the Word of God...Then and Always
It would appear that the “serpent” (nahas
) that spoke with Eve was definitely:
- An animal, “than any of the wild animals”
- Created by God, “…the Lord God had made”
- Has unusual “crafty” (‘arum is “prudent,” “shrewd,” “clever” and is a desirable skill in Proverbs 14:15; 14:18; 22:3; 27:12), but in Job 5:12; 15:5it is used as “crafty” in a negative sense) “the serpent was more crafty”
- Is an adversary of God, “Did God really say”
- Has an evil motive, “He said to the woman”
- Twists God’s Word intentionally, “must not eat from ANY tree in the garden”
- Attacks the integrity of God’s Word, “You will not certainly die.”
- Attacks the character of God, “For God knows that when you eat.”
In Job 26:12-14 Rahab is identified as the serpent (nahas
) defeated by God at creation. (Psalm 74; Isaiah 51:9). In Revelation Satan is called “the great dragon …that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.” It would appear that the “serpent,” nahas
, was motivated by a force that God had created. That force was a personality that had rebelled against God and which had been dealt with before by God. God will allow the serpent to continue until the serpent was ultimately defeated in a great conflict in the future.
The attack that the serpent makes in the Garden is against the Words that God had spoken. This is always the case throughout history. The Word of God is the source of truth and truth will create hope, faith and love. Truth will set people free from the twisting lies and deception of the unreality the serpent has perversely woven into and through the kosmos
. In the parable of the sower Jesus said,"Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them."
- Mark 4:15
This attack against the Word of God continues today.