The Sneaky Snake

Genesis 3:1-3

1 The snake[1] was sneakier[2] than all the living (things) of the field, which (The Lord) Yahweh God had made, and he said to the woman, “Did God really[3]   say, ‘Don’t eat from any[4] tree of the garden?”

Application

The sneakiest thing in our garden is the cat.  However, in the Garden in Eden, the sneakiest thing was the snake… and the snake could at least speak… In addition, we know who the snake really was.  He was, and still is, Satan, Lucifer, the devil, the accuser, the tempter, and my senior pastor calls him furnace face (although I think that’s the prophetic definition).

God didn’t approach the man… Why? will always be a bone of contention, but Satan approached the woman, and immediately questioned what God had told the man.  “Did God really say, ‘Don’t eat from any tree in the garden?’”

The woman had clearly been advised by the man that she indeed could eat from all the trees in the garden, and she advised the devil of this, adding that the tree that was in the middle of the garden was out of bounds. (N.B. the emphasis in Genesis 1 was that the Tree of life was in the middle of the garden).   Already, the emphasis had shifted.   God had intended that the centre of the garden was for life, but the woman, and we’ll soon see the snake, agreed that the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which could have just as easily been called “the tree of death,” was not the central focus.

Prayer

Father, please help my focus to be on life, and not on death.  Please help me to sea and speak of good and not focus on the things that are from the “snake.”  I speak life over my household, and declare that life is in the central position.
In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] נָחָשׁ – nachash – Strongs 5175 – (n . m) – “serpent/snake/viper/fleeing snake/fleeing serpent/image of a snale/poisonous reptile/sea serpent/sea monster/dragon”

[2] עָרוּם – aruwm – Strongs 6175 – (adj)“subtle/shrewd/crafty/sly/sensible/prudent/prudent man/sensible man/discerning/more discerning/sneakier/clever”

[3] אַף כִּי (= הֲכִּי) – ʾaph (strongs 638 + kiy (strongs 3588) – (interrogative) – “Did really/Indeed, did, is it that/hath indeed/hath/really?”

[4] כֹּל – kol/kowl – Strongs 3605 – (n) – “completely/every kind of/all/the whole/any/each/every/anything/everything/totally/totality/all throughout/all men/all these/anywhere/completely/entire/one/only/throughout/whoever”