After reading a very interesting commentary on the Serpent of the Garden, I thought I would share both this and my reading on the subject of the Garden. First, some excerpts from an article titled “The Serpent“:
“…Whenever the New Testament refers to the events and characters of early Genesis, there is no suggestion that these represent anything other than history—and that includes the temptation of Eve…”
“…Since the Garden of Eden story is historical, we would expect many peoples to retain some memory of it, and to carry that memory with them after the dispersion from Babel. (The memory would of course become distorted and corrupted over time, as with the memory of Noah’s Flood.)…”
“…One example came to light through an amazing find made near Guanghan, China, in 1986. One of the artifacts was a life-size bronze fruit tree, some 4 metres (13 feet) tall. A bronze snake and human hand were attached to the tree. Various details suggest that this artifact symbolized the temptation of Eve by Satan, and that the snake and the fruit were bringers of death. The snake even had feet!…”
“…Bible-believers generally say that it was Satan who deceived Eve, but he possessed and spoke through a serpent. The incident of Balaam’s donkey (Numbers 22:22–35) shows that this could indeed have happened. Another possibility is that Satan revealed himself to Eve in the form of a serpent, rather than speaking through an actual animal….”
“…The best interpreter of Scripture is Scripture itself, and Revelation 12:9 helps us in understanding this portion of Genesis:
So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
See also Revelation 20:2 and John 8:44. Note that Satan is called “that serpent of old, who deceives the whole world”. I suggest that in Genesis 3, ‘the serpent’ primarily refers to Satan himself. It is an appropriate title for Satan, since that is the animal through which he chose to speak, or the form which he assumed when he appeared to Eve….”
“…Because of this association with Satan, serpents also came to symbolize sin and the curse of sin. This is shown by the incident recorded in Numbers 21:4–9, and the words of Jesus recorded in John 3:14–15. The bronze serpent which Moses set up on a pole symbolized the fact that, when Jesus hung on the cross, He became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). It reveals the enormity of the sacrifice which He made in order to save us from the penalty of sin. He Himself bore our sins in his own body on the tree (1 Peter 2:24). He became a curse for us, “For it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13)…”
I would add that the serpent on a pole (as used today in the symbol for hospitals) is NOT a symbol of life-saving, outside of Jesus Christ. The serpent, representing Satan, and ultimately SIN, was a symbol of the sin that Israel committed, and a precursor for Jesus Christ, dying on the tree (pole), held up to the universe as a sin sacrifice (though He committed no sin), rejected by God, cursed by His own nation, saved all humanity. It is Jesus Christ, who saved us, the serpent represented the sin of everyone who has ever lived, all the way back to Adam and Eve..
For further reading of this excellent piece, go to Creation Ministries International
Now, as we have seen, the Serpent represents Satan, to include the sin that the serpent represented on the pole used by Moses to cure the people from poisonous snakes.
The serpent on a pole, used by hospitals world-wide, is called the “Star of Life”, due to it’s 6-points that is said to represent the following points of care:
From Wikipedia, we can see the source of the Snake symbol used by ambulances is the Rod of Asclepius, which itself represent the Greek God Apollo’s son. Apollo, by the way, is Nimrod. In the book “Back to Eden“, a book about medicinal herbs, we find the following (starting on page 49):
“Asclepius…, the son of Apollo, eventually became the predominant Greek and Roman god of healing. …There are three words that make up his name: ashe, skul, aphe. The word ashe means man, the word skul means instruct, and aphe means snake. Thus, Asclpius means man-instructing snake. Now we know where medicinal herb’s came from.
However, just as widely used is the Caduceus which features two snakes, inter-twining.
Early association of the caduceus with medicine might have derived from the association of Hermes Trismegistus (“Thrice-Great Hermes”) with early chemistry and medicine as aspects of alchemy as an esoteric practice. And who was Hermes other than a derivation of Nimrod?