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  • Jim Bogle on Genesis 3:1
    What can be made of the fact the serpent was "of the field" and not the Garden?
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    Jim, I've always understood that verse to indicate that the serpent was classified & seen as the other animals 'of the field', & not necessarily the location that he was found in, in his encounter with Adam & Eve.

    What does intrigue me is what did this serpent look like in his un-cursed state ( Gen 3:14)? We know 'it' was an animal, but apparently had the power of speech as Satan occupied its body, & was unlikely to be in the form of a snake, as we know it. And Adam & Eve showed no surprise that an animal would be able to talk to them: did other animals talk, or did they not know that this serpent was a 'one-off' & had a special gift of speech? I wonder what a serpent in this account actually looked like? Was it already a long, thin animal that moved in an upright manner? Too many questions that come to mind: we can only wonder & speculate. It was only after the curse, that it began to slither on its belly.
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    Eve and the Serpent

    Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that OLD SERPENT old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    Was Eve really talking to a snake or with that OLD SERPENT who had been around for a long time?

    (Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God)

    Ezekiel Chapter 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

    14 Thou art the ANOINTED anointed (angel) cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

    15 Thou [wast] perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast CREATED created, till iniquity was found in thee.

    (Created, not born shows this is an angel)

    16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

    17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy BEAUTY beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

    Eve was possibly speaking to a beautiful creature who wished harm upon the Lord and all his creation.
  • Peter - in Reply on Genesis 3:1
    Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field.

    I don't see any problem with this statement. There were animals in the garden and some were beast of the field and some beasts of the woods and plains maybe etc. and the serpent was the most subtil of all the beast that were in the field. He was in the garden just as Eve was.

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