The serpent I speak of is, of course, the devil, Satan, the Adversary, the dragon (Revelation 12:9 and elsewhere) – the deceiver and the tempter.
The serpent thought he was outsmarting God in the garden of Eden. By successfully tempting Eve and Adam to disobey God’s direct command, he thought those two and all their descendants would remain under his power forever. As God’s ruler of the world, Satan had the power of death (Hebrews 2:14). Once a human being died, he or she was effectively removed from serving God. As the Scriptures say, they “fall asleep” and “the dead do not praise Him.” Therefore, the dead were made even more distant from God than the living.
God, however, took upon Himself flesh as Jesus of Nazareth, and was killed that He might deliver all those who had died. After rising from the dead, He emptied out the netherworld, bringing all of the dead to live with Him in heaven. That netherworld was then abolished. From that time forward, people would go to heaven to be with Jesus when they died.
Thus the serpent meant for death to be a separation for us – separation from God and from each other. Yet God has made death instead to be reuniting – with Him and each other. What the serpent meant for evil, God has turned into a blessing. You do not have to be afraid of the devil – God is smarter.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.