The Curse of the Snake (Updated)

August 18, 2008

“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.” (Genesis 3:15)

I stepped out into my backyard this morning before I left for work. While I was out there I was looking at the ground and the grass, praying that the massive amount of rain that we had the day before would magically make the grass greener. As I looked around I noticed a little black and green sliver of a thing resting in between the end of the patio (also known as the crack) and the grass. I thought to myself, “Well I’ll be…there goes a snake.” Considering this snake was about 5-7 feet long and was about four feet from my back door I decided that the best course of action was to remove it from the premises. So, I picked it up and put it in my pocket….just kidding….I treated it not so nicely and now he/she is gone…enough said. The thought of my 2-year old son or my 6 lb. dog playing with the snake, whose tongue was flittering away, did not go over too well in my mind.

All I could think about while I was “dealing” with the snake was God’s curse that he pronounced upon it after Adam and Eve sinned:

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and yours.”

There is something about the relationship between mankind and the snake that guarantees hostility. Now, I know that there are many snake lovers out there. One of my favorite seminary professors, who may even read this post, loves snakes. However, snakes just creep me out and I think I have biblical precedent for admitting that.

The broader meaning of the curse is found here:

“…he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” All mankind is the offspring of the woman, however, the ultimate offspring of the woman is Jesus. In the battle with Satan (who took the form of the snake), the snake will strike his heel (through His death on the cross) but Jesus will ultimately crush his head as he will completely destroy Satan and his demons at the end of time, before the inauguration of eternity.

This verse repeatedly ran through my head as I ‘dealt’ with the snake this morning. “He will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” Because of sin, the snake and I are enemies. However, in the eternal state of Heaven all will be restored because of the ultimate crushing of the snake that Jesus performed by his death, burial, resurrection and future destruction of evil.

Someday in the perfect eternal state of Heaven (which will be very much like earth, except with no sin) I will be able to walk out in my yard and lay down in the grass and the snake and I will have no enmity between us because the curse, death, and sin has been destroyed. Sorry for this morning, snake. One day we’ll share a glass of holy water together as we watch the lion graze with the lamb…just not now.

*UPDATE: I found the snake’s home. He lives in the side area of my backyard between the pinestraw and the brick. I carefully looked around and found myself staring at him eye-to-eye. His head bobbed around and then it ducked back into his ‘habitat.’ Efforts to remove the snake apparently failed. I found out that the snake is a Garter Snake – a snake that is supposedly not harmful to mankind. Maybe it can co-exist in my yard after all…especially if it eats those wolf spiders.


One Response to “The Curse of the Snake (Updated)”

  1. You are so funny! I love you

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