“So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.” (Gen 3:14, 15)
Since we moved to our’ Promised Land’ we really enjoyed the peace and blessings of God. But trouble came unexpectedly. Yesterday we found a snake in our garden. My husband saw it moving on the mosquito net at the window. We both jumped!!! We called the brethren living in the building. They came armed with sticks and killed it. It was a green garden snake looking very much like the plants. Possibly, it was a harmless snake but it had no chance against an army of worshippers. In Nigeria a snake is a snake. A snake represents evil and people here hate them. I too dislike them. They killed it and buried it. That is the end of the story. But I wanted to share some thoughts…
Fear of snakes is one of the most common phobias, yet many people have never seen a snake in person. So how is this fear generated? New research suggests humans are born with an innate tendency to sense snakes and to learn to fear them. Psychologists found that both adults and children could detect images of snakes among a variety of non-threatening objects more quickly than they could pinpoint frogs, flowers or caterpillars. The researchers think this ability helped humans survive in the wild. Also, according to scientific research, women are acutely terrified by snakes and spiders. Indeed, it has been found that women are four times more likely than men to suffer from these phobias. But there is no gender difference for phobias related to modern-day life (e.g., injections, flying). The Bible says that women’s dislike of snakes has a spiritual cause and is a reflection of the state of hostility that exists between Satan and the human race.
The devil came into the beautiful Garden of Eden in the form of a snake. He tempted Eve to sin against God. She was deceived and fell. Adam chose to share in her sin and rebelled against God’s command. That is how both of them fell into sin. Since then, humanity has never been the same again. This is the truth: We are all born sinners. According to God’s holy law, sinners have to die. Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, came to earth to die for sinners and to set them free. The devil (like a snake) bruised the heel of Jesus on the Cross. But Jesus bruised his head. That is why the devil can never be ‘normal’ again. We are to fight and defeat him in the name of Jesus! This is a warning to all the snakes, natural or spiritual! No snake shall ‘rest or play’ in my garden! At the name of Jesus every knee and all creation must bow! This is the Gospel of Christ, the only way of salvation for men. Give your life to Christ today! Jesus is Lord!