Monday, February 27, 2012


I love Dr. Seuss’ books, and recently, the kids and I have been listening to Lemony Snicket’s books on CD when we travel. These two authors have some of the most off-the-wall words and sentences in their books…some are just downright silly.

If you were to open one of these books and read, “And the snake said, are you really not supposed to eat that?” The reader wouldn’t think all too much of it because it is just off-the-wall enough to fit.

Personally, I’m not a fan of snakes. When I was a kid, I’d go running to my daddy to kill whatever snake may have slithered across my path. Unfortunately, daddy got bit by a Copperhead once…but that’s a story for another day.

But in Genesis 3:1 it says, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” Does this not just leap off the page as being downright odd!? Not only because he misquotes the rule, but the fact that it’s a SNAKE!

I have a few questions…

1. Was Eve shocked by the snake speaking to her?

2. Did the other animals speak in the Garden of Eden?

3. Did the snake hiss his “s” in “say?”

4. Did she introduce the snake to the man? “Snake, this is man. Man, this is snake.”

5. Was Eve a couple of hours old (just fallen off the turnip truck?)

6. Could she not see this wasn’t “normal?”

7. Doesn’t she know that the only good snake is a DEAD snake?! Don’t mean to offend reptile lovers, but I’m not a fan.

I’m just here to tell you if a snake or any other type of animal started speaking to me, I’d freak out…thinking I was on a bad trip.

So, now do you see this verse as odd?

Not only does the serpent speak to her, but she talks back to him. She has a conversation with a snake! My mom used to say I could argue with a fence post, but I don’t think it’s the same thing.

There are women I know that I want to warn them about the guys they are dating that they are snakes…does that count?

Isn’t the Word of God a fascinating? Especially if we take the time to read it as if it was for the first time.

Sorry. Let’s get back on track.

Eve who apparently doesn’t have good judgment also doesn’t seem to have a very good memory either. She says, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.” Let’s remember, God told Adam the rule. Eve wasn’t even created yet. We’re not sure how she got her 411 on THE rule. But if you will recall, God never said nothing about not touchin’ no fruit. Eve added to the Word of God – a big no-no.

Isn’t it just like Satan to masquerade as something that is so off-the-wall as a snake? Kind of gets a person off-balance the way Satan can come after us. He took the Word of God and twisted it. He likes to take truth and infuse a lie which no longer makes it a truth.

Verse 4, “ ‘You will not surely die,’ the serpent said to the woman.” How does she know what death is? How does she know the extent of how her decision to have a conversation with a snake will have long lasting effects? She doesn’t, but her Father does and that’s why He gave them the rule.

Verse 5, “ ‘For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil’.” Notice the word “when?” Satan knew it was just a matter of time before he took Eve down the path she would regret. Did Eve have any idea what “evil” was?

How many times have you bought into someone’s story only to find out they were lying to you? Have you ever believed someone who had ulterior motives? This was Eve. She was vulnerable. She was away from God. She didn’t have a clue what was happening until it was too late.

We have to keep our focus on our heavenly Father. We have to be listening for His voice, and when the world and all of their “politically correct rhetoric” starts whispering in your ear, you need to go find your Daddy, so He can kill the SNAKE!

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