Genesis 3: The “serpent” and Open Eyes

The famous story of the fruit of the tree, Adam’s wife being tempted by what many say was the Devil, and the corruption of the “first” man and woman and the first SIN which the rest of us were supposedly born into.

So big question: Is “the serpent” (note the lower case) in Genesis 3:1 the Devil? Satan? Lucifer? None of the above? Is the Devil, Satan, and/or Lucifer all the same being? Was it really a snake that tempted Eve? The author didn’t say it was the Devil, Satan, or Lucifer (hereby known as DSL), merely that is was a serpent also created by Jehovah God: Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which Jehovah God had made.” So why would Jehovah God do such a thing?

Since when could serpents and humans communicate? If the phrase “the serpent” really means DSL then this makes perfect sense because we know DSL can communicate with man. If it truly was a mere serpent, than the idea that man and animal could communicate (common knowledge in many ancient and/or indigenous non-Western cultures) isn’t that far off.

Try communicating with a serpent now. Something has changed significantly.

So if it’s either a) DSL or b) a mere serpent, whoever it is obviously knows more than Adam and Eve and also knows the words of Jehovah God as commanded to them. It also knows that death (the sentence proscribed for eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge) isn’t the death that we usually define it today. The death Jehovah God was describing was more of a spiritual death which would eventually lead to a physical death. Genesis 3:5 “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as God, knowing good and evil.”

So, death in this case means: eyes open, realization of good and evil that was only meant for Jehovah God. Does human enlightenment = Death?

It was at this point I came to another conclusion for more thought: Is God not ONE being? Is “he” more than one entity? Obviously more than one being was part of creation whether as observer or participant “Let us make man in OUR image” from Genesis Book 1. Jehovah God is one being. “Elohim” is a plural word, so when we speak of God are we supposed to be speaking of the “host”, or army, that exists in heaven that includes Jehovah, and other entities, including Angels, Cherubim, and all the other beings in the different levels of heaven? Is it safe to assume they had open eyes and the realization of good and evil? In which case they are God (or more correctly part of the collective God) as well?

Atheist/Agnostic perspective: This is another point in the Bible where one could say “well, why couldn’t God just fix everything if he is the creator of the Universe and is All Powerful?”

Interesting question and unfortunately applicable multiple times in upcoming verse without answer (that would appease the typical Atheist/Agnostic. I find that Christians will justify it somehow as saying it’s part of the master plan.)

The result of the eating of fruit: The serpent is is the cursed of all cattle and beast, sentenced to slither along on it’s belly. Wait, what?! Was the serpent moving in a different way beforehand? Before it was cursed? Upright? Flying? Serpent beings in other cultures often show them flying, floating, moving in ways serpents as we know them today don’t move. Dragon’s anyone? The serpent shall be cursed to be bruised in the head by the heel of the seed of Woman (is the seed of Woman different from the seed of Man?) We also learn that the serpent also has seed, hence a lineage the way man has. Adam’s wife, seemingly representing all women henceforth, is cursed to suffer in pain at child birth and her children will bruise the head of the serpent.

Adam got the worst of it. For listening to his wife (where he was culturally mandated to cleave to his wife in Book 2) he will now walk on cursed ground, the works of his tilling will produce thorns and thistles, eating bread in the sweat of his face where he will eventually turn to the dust whence he was created (was the man created in Book 1 also made out of dust?). Here’s another interesting tidbit: NOW Adam’s wife was given a name: and that name was Eve. She was given a name AFTER they were cursed by Jehovah God. Adam named all the animals immediately but did not name Eve until after his eyes were opened and Jehovah God chastised him, cursed them, and removed them from the Garden of Eden. It was up until this point she was simply called “the woman.” Interesting.

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Another illustration of the Garden of Eden. This one shows different stages of Genesis. Jehovah God instructing Adam and his wife, the serpent tempting them at the Tree of Life, Adam and his now named wife Eve being chased off by the Cherubim plus more.

Once again, pointing to the multiple beings that Jehovah God was around he says “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil…”

The final verse is most intriguing. Jehovah God “drove out the man”, but what about Eve, we assume she was also thrown out but the verse does not say that. At the east of the garden a Cherubim was placed, and the flame of a sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

So just what is the “flame of a sword”? Is this the same as flaming sword? Flaming swords is a weapon of fantasy as far as I know. Is this an analogy for something else?

The questions pile up, and I will come back to this book later, but for now we move on to the birth of the first children of Adam and Eve.

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