The Snake

Satan is not a snake.  Yet, of all the animals he could have chosen in his plot to destroy humanity and hurt God, Satan delivered his message through a snake. Why? Listening to a talk by Rick Teepen on snakes, I realized God has given us clues about the character of Satan through snakes.

  • Snakes constrict.

Satan cinches his hold over us through sin.  We are in bondage to sin.  (See Romans 6:1-11, Hebrews 2:14-15)

  • Snakes poison.

Satan uses sin to poison our thoughts, words, and actions.  (See Romans 3:13, James 3:7-8)

  • Snakes swallow their prey whole.

Satan desires as many souls as possible to be swallowed up in Hell with him. (John 10:10)

  • Snakes grow throughout their lives.

Satan can introduce sin as the smallest possible evil, but, over time, sin overtakes our lives with its monstrosity (see Galatians 5:9, James 3:5-6).

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The good news is, Satan is no match for God.

The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:12-15, ESV)

And this promise for all who believe in Jesus and follow Him:

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. (Romans 16:20, ESV)

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