Know once and for all that the talking serpent in Genesis 3 was real.

There is a narrative in the Bible that people love to scoff at: ‘Whoever heard of a talking snake?  That stuff is fairy tales!’  They talk like that because they don’t understand what it is really about.  The example of the talking snake has been repeated through the ages up to the present.  We hear the question the serpent asked, ‘Did God really say?’1 almost every day.

#  How could an ordinary serpent talk to a woman?

  • Genesis 3:1-5 describes a very curious situation.  How did that specific serpent know that God gave Adam a command?  Why did the serpent concentrate only on the one tree and God’s command not to eat of it?  He could have talked about the lovely weather, the fantastic range of nutritious fruit, the privilege of being a couple, et cetera.
  • But, no, it questioned Eve as if it had a mind, almost as if it had a goal with the question.  Was it an ordinary serpent?  God did not create animals with minds, with a curiosity about the trees God gave man to enjoy, or about one specific tree that they were not allowed to eat of.   Fortunately other references in the Bible explain who the real serpent was (and is).

#  The book of Revelation identifies the serpent.

  • ‘And there was war in heaven.  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.  The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.  He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.’ 2
  • We also read about an angel who seized the devil and bound him for a thousand years in the Abyss, ‘He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.’ 3

#  We learn from the above verses that:

  • Both the devil and his followers (demons) are angels.
  • There are two groups of angels, those who fight on the side of Michael, God’s archangel, and those who fight on the side of the devil, or Satan, God’s adversary.
  • They are at war with each other.
  • The devil, the ancient serpent, is the one who leads the whole world astray.  He is a deceiver, and he showed his colours in the garden of Eden episode.

#  Further Biblical revelations about Satan

  • We can assume that the serpent was a real snake, but somebody else with intellect and intention spoke through him.
  • Revelation identifies that ancient serpent with a very specific person, the devil, or Satan, the accuser of men.
  • It was he who was in the garden of Eden.  Scripture reveals, ‘You were in Eden, the garden of God.’ 4  It also tells us that he was originally appointed as a guardian cherub.  ‘You [originally appointed as a guardian cherub 5] were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.’ 6
  • We can gauge his character from what the passage says about him, ‘Your heart became proud on account of your wisdom, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendour.’ 7
  • So we have the picture of a wise holy angel who became wicked and sinned because of his pride and arrogance.  He rebelled and for that was sentenced to be eternally punished in the lake of burning sulphur at the end of this age. 8
  • He hates God and he hates humans who can escape his judgment (eternal hell) through the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.  His heart’s desire is to to deceive and lead people astray from the truth of the Gospel.

#  What was special about the tree of knowledge of good and evil?

God as Creator and Lord of the universe, has the prerogative to decide what is good and evil.  For men to decide it, is to intrude in God’s privilege.  That is what the devil wanted: ‘…you will be like God.’ 9  It is an intoxicating idea that a created mortal can be like God knowing and deciding for him- or herself what is good and what is evil.

#  We often hear that ‘sly serpent’ talk today.

He still questions, ’Did God really say?’  For example, 

  • Did God really create a male to be a male, and a female to be a female?  (Nonsense, choose your own gender.)
  • Is marriage only between a man and a woman? (You must be joking, same sex marriage is glorious and better than heterosexual marriage.)
  • Did God give man free will?  (Please understand, when it comes to choosing God or the Bible, there is no free will.  There it is an illusion.  For other things, like the choice of the food you eat, the work you do, or the products you buy, it is logical: there you have a free will.)
  • Is the Bible really the Word of God? ( Where do you live, in the Dark Ages?  It is just a product of man, not of God.)
  • Was there really a universal flood in Noah’s time?  (Hey, swimmer boy, the fossils were laid down over millions of years.)
  • Did God create in six ordinary days?  (Never heard of Darwin, or Dawkins?) Nature ‘created’ all through evolution over billions of years.
  • Is creation by God scientific?  (Unbelievable, it is just a metaphor.)

And on and on the list goes.

#  Conclusion

Many unbelievers scoff and ask the same question the serpent did.  Could it be that the devil uses them in the same way he used the serpent?  As Jesus said, ‘You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.’ 10  What better proof that Scripture is the powerful true Word of God?


  1. Genesis 3:1
  2. Revelation 12:7-9
  3. Revelation 20:2
  4. Ezekiel 28:13
  5. Ezekiel 28:14,16
  6. Ezekiel 28:15
  7. Ezekiel 28:17
  8. Matthew 25:41
  9. Genesis 3:5
  10. John 8:44

Where to find answers to the ultimate questions of life

There is one special book, a once off edition, that not only changed the world, but daily changes the lives of thousands of people.  It is because it answers the ultimate questions of life that puzzle everyone.  It’s a book that eventually leads to wealth and happiness, far above what this world can offer.  It is the Word of God, the Scriptures – what is written about God and His plan for man.  Sometimes it’s good to remind yourself of the basics.  That’s why we thought a few quotations from a man who devoted his life to God will not be out of place.

#  Quotations from David Pawson

The following are from David Pawson’s book, Unlocking the Bible, An unique overview of the Bible.1

  • The Bible is not one book, but ‘many.’ 
  • The word Biblia comes from Latin, meaning ‘library.’
  • It is a unique book since it is history written from God’s point of view.
  • It has 66 books, and is different from any book of history in that it starts earlier and finishes later. 
  • Its first book, Genesis, starts at the beginning of the universe, and its last, Revelation, describes the end of this age, and beyond. 
  • A political history or a physical history of the universe has a focus determined by human interest, but in the Bible God selects what is important to Him.

‘There are essentially two main themes in the Bible: what has gone wrong with our world, and how it can be put right.  Most agree that our world is not a good place to live in, that something has gone terribly wrong.  The book of Genesis tells us exactly what the problem is, while the rest of the Bible tells us how God is going to put it right by rescuing sinful humanity from itself.’

‘The 66 books of the Bible form part of one great drama – what we might call the drama of redemption.  The book of Genesis is vital because it introduces us to the stage, the cast and the plot of this great drama.  Moreover, without the first few chapters of Genesis, the rest of the bible would make little sense.’ 

‘The book of Genesis (meaning ‘Origins’ or ‘Beginnings’) not only deals with origins, it also deals with the ultimate questions of life:

  • Where did our universe come from? 
  • Why are we here? 
  • Why do we have to die?’ (bold not in original text)

‘It is immediately obvious that these questions cannot be answered by any human being. 

  • Historians record what people have seen or experienced in the past. 
  • Scientists observe what is observable now and suggest how things may have begun.  But neither group can tell us why it all began and whether the universe as it exists now has any meaning. 
  • Philosophers can only guess at the answers.  They speculate about the origin of evil and why there is so much suffering in the world, but they do not actually know. 

The only person who could really answer these questions for us is God Himself.’ 

#  Our Comments

We agree with what David Pawson says about the Bible.  Especially that the Bible is history from God’s point of view.  Also that Genesis is foundational to understand God’s plan for man.  We trust that you are blessed by his comments about our wonderful book.

#  Conclusion

Scripture is the Book of all books.  There is none like it, none will ever be produced like it.  It is unique and magnificent!  No wonder it says, ‘…For you [God] have exalted above all things your name and your word.’ 2


  1. David Pawson, Unlocking the Bible, An unique overview of the Bible, Collins, 2003, p 19-21
  2. Psalm 138:2b

Light before the sun?

The first chapter of the Bible tells us that God created light before the sun.  Would that be the work of a logical, wise Creator?  It does sound a bit strange!  Since it says, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,’ 1 we know God is the Creator.  But He created both light (Genesis 1:3) and the sun (Genesis 1:14-18).  It sounds a bit superfluous, if one thinks about it.  However, it points to two creations.  One has to do with a physical, natural creation and the other with a ‘spiritual’ creation.

#  God’s natural creation

God created the earth, divided the waters above from the waters below, separated the earth and seas and covered the ground with plants.  On the fourth day He created the sun, moon and stars (‘…to give light on the earth’).  After that God filled the sky, the seas and the ground with living things.  Last on His list was man, made in His image.

#  God’s ‘spiritual’ creation 

God’s other creation is hinted at when, ‘God said, Let there be light.’ 2  This light was not the same as that of the sun, moon and stars.   We see that both God’s ‘supernatural’ light source and the natural light source, the sun, have the same function: to divide darkness from light.  Yet they differ significantly.  How?

  • The first light has to do with man: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!’ 3
  • It also has to do with Jesus, the Creator Redeemer: ‘In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.’ ‘The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.’5

#  Jesus creates the new man.

  • Jesus is also the Creator according to John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2.  Since He and God are one, 6 He is the Creator who said, ‘Let there be light.’
  • Do we have a New Testament verse that supports Genesis 1:3?  We have.  Scripture tells us, ‘The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.…  For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of the darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 7  Here we have the same words God uttered in Genesis 1:3, ‘Let there be light.’ 

#  Both lights are very necessary.

  • There is a light-darkness contrast, in both cases.
  • Both lights have the same source, or origin, God/Jesus.
  • Both sources of light are very necessary.  The sun is the product of God/Jesus the Creator.  The ‘new man’ is the product of God/Jesus the Redeemer.
  • As the sun makes natural plant growth possible, so the ‘spiritual’ light makes man’s spiritual growth possible.

#  Light before the sun is logical. 

  • The whole Bible is about God’s Light, Jesus Christ.
  • Thousands of years are spent preparing for Jesus, the Light Giver.
  • The preparation for the ‘new’ people to live on the ‘new’ earth is very important.  So important that God gives attention to it first.  We must not forget that the sun, the natural light source, will not be necessary in the coming age:
    • ‘The city [the New Jerusalem] does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.’ 8
    • We, the elect, who chose to follow Jesus, will have His Name on our foreheads and will serve Him.  We ‘…will not need the light of a lamp, or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.’ 9


The supernatural ‘creation’ of new people in Christ is so important that the Bible mentions it before the natural light from the sun.  Those whose dark lives have been illuminated by God’s light, will remain.  The sun, mentioned later, will not be needed.  Thus the Holy Spirit already tells us in Genesis 1:3 how important salvation is to God.


  1. Genesis 1:1
  2. Genesis 1:3
  3. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  4. John 1:5
  5. John 1:9
  6. John 10:30
  7. 2 Corinthians 4:4,6
  8. Revelation 21:23
  9. Revelation 22:5