Parables of the Bible: The Serpent
By: Wilona Riva
Disclaimer: All praise to the Most High. (Dodges lightning bolt) Hey, what did You do that for?
Shard of Dying
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called out to the man, "Where are you?" (Genesis 3:8-9)
Adam scratched his posterior and glared at his wife. "You had to do it, didn't you? 'Not worth a plug nickel', my eye! These fig leaves are itchy."
Chavah signed for her husband to be silent. There it was again-the footsteps were coming closer. She paled and shivered. She was never this afraid before-afraid-a strange new word.
"I think He's looking for us," she whispered.
Adam's eyes bore into hers and then softened. "I know; I am scared as well. We're going to have to face Him sometime; we can't hide forever."
"Adam! Where are you?" came the Great King's voice, full of power and authority and sorrow.
Adam's eyes widened at the thought. "Chavah, you don't think He's going to unmake us, is He?"
Chavah's shuddered at the thought. "I don't know, but you'd better answer Him. The sooner we get this over with, the better."
Adam nodded and stepped out into the waning daylight, covered in fig leaves. And scratched his posterior again. "Darn things itch like crazy," he muttered.
The serpent looked on, amused, but terrified as the Lord swung a death glare in its direction.
The man shuddered as he felt like a huge chasm had been created between himself and the Creator of all things. He took a deep breath.
He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." (Genesis 3:10)
Adam shut his mouth at the all-knowing look from the Great King. "Chavah, you'd better come out; I think He knows."
Chavah shivering with fear, came out from the little grove of trees, the fig leaves falling off in droves. She gulped as the all-knowing eyes locked with hers.
The Great King sighed. He really didn't want to do this, but the choice had been rendered. The two had failed the test.
And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" (Genesis 3:11)
Adam felt a surge of pure white anger at his wife. True, he had eaten from the tree, but she had taled him into it.
The man said, "The woman You put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." (Genesis 3:12)
Chavah was stricken, as the pain of her mate's words made impact with her heart. "Adam, how can you blame me for this?"
The Lord turned His attention to her. "What is this you have done?" (1)
Chavah panicked. What was she going to do, say? "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." (2)
It was all the stupid serpent's fault to begin with. I should have never listened to him. Argh!
The serpent, who had been listening to the exchange, tried to slink away quietly, only to find his coils knotted up and unable to budge an inch. He had no choice, but to meet the wrath of an angry God full on.
The Lord, was upset. None of them took responsibility for their actions, and instead, He got the very first 'the devil made me do it' and a lot of finger pointing. Looking Lucifer dead in the eye, He spoke clearly and distinctly, every word crystal clear.
So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Curse are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals You will crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life." (3)
He glanced sadly at the couple. They were now condemned to everlasting flames, to be separated from Him for all eternity. He couldn't leave them in the hall of Thanatos forever. He would provide the way for the debt to be paid, so they could come back Home.
"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." (4)
With that said, the paralysis left the serpent and he fled as fast as he could slither. Taking back his angelic form, Satan knew he had just made things worse instead of better. Out of the corner of his eye, he continued to watch the scene unfold, as the woman received her due.
The Great King gently touched the woman's stomach. "In nine turns of the moon, what you carry beneath your heart, will be a new life."
Stepping back, He regarded her thoughtfully and then nodded. "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you." (Genesis 3:16)
Adam hung his head in shame. His punishment wasn't long in coming.
The Lord was greatly displeased with this first of men. "Adam," He said, His voice barely above a whisper now.
"Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." (Genesis 3:17-19)
The Great Uncle sighed. "And quit scratching your hindquarters. It's driving me nuts. Take these garments of skin and put them on, it will be a lot better than those fig leaves. And a lot warmer when the winter chill sets in." (5)
The Son very gently guided them to a stone archway, which hadn't been there before. Very sadly, he led them outside the garden's walls and into the cool night air. "You both must leave and find new homes far from here. Though you will not see Me physically, know this; I am not far away. Call if you need me; I will answer from heaven. Keep My Father's promise in your hearts: One day, I will come."
Chavah's eyes released the floodgate of tears and she clung to her husband, who wrapped his arms tightly around her. "Adam, there's something I need to tell you."
Adam gazed down at her. "Now what?" he asked, the heavens. Apparently, he hadn't been listening.
The Son rolled His eyes. "Kids," He muttered, under His breath.
Adam's head shot up in surprise, as Chavah whispered her news to him. "YOU'RE WHAT?" he yelled.
So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)
The Great Uncle plunked a gargantuan tome, the size of six Encyclopedia Brittanicas in front of the angel Raphael. "This should keep you out of trouble for a while."
Raphael stared at the book. "Uh, what is it?"
"Everything you need to know about healing. You'll need that knowledge for a future assignment."
"Sounds a bit fishy," the angel muttered, staring at the huge book.
"Funny, a fish is involved in that assignment. I'd suggest you begin reading," the Great Uncle said, walking away really fast. (6)
Raphael, who felt like throwing something at His Creator, stamped down the urge to do so. "I will not become like my brother," he repeated over and over, as he slowly cracked open the book entitled: Healing For Dummies.
(1) Genesis 3:13a
(2) Genesis 3:13b
(3) Genesis 3:14
(4) Genesis 3:15
(5) Genesis 3:21
(6) Allusion to the apocryphal Book of Tobit.