This subject is one of the funniest parts of the Bible a person can find on this day. Most teachers do not like to speak of these parts because it sounds both diabolical and ridiculous. Unbelievers have also played their part in unbalancing most preachers by ridiculing the scriptures hence the need to avoid such discursions.
Most ridiculous of this message is where the Bible audaciously states that a snake spoke to Eve in the garden of Eden. I found this utterly preposterous but fear (of being heretic) hindered me from thinking otherwise.
I hid my doubts at the time, best option was not to focus on such parts of the Bible as it might destabilize one’s faith. I really did think I had faith at these times though I was lacking in the knowledge of the truth (Romans 10:2). I only started to see things differently when I actually did receive the faith.
The most important realization I had was that everything the Bible talks about is real. While I couldn’t understand everything at once, I knew that they’re all real and can be observed in everyday life. I started to interpret biblical information objectively with facts, and observed around to experience certain biblical information. The Bible became an entirely different book altogether for me.
I had no fears anymore at this moment, I knew I had to re-visit those questionable parts of the Bible. I started reading the whole thing again, lo and behold I had been the fool all along. It was stupid of me to even imagine that a snake could speak. After I realized the interpretation of the snake in genesis, I also visited other situations of animal representation of the message e.g young lion, lion, scorpion, dog, eagle, dragon etc. to understand the the messages being relayed.
The Bible is actually a very beautiful book when read objectively. Problems only exits because most people aren’t objective when it comes to biblical information. It’s only by grace that I was able to come out of the river of perception and myths with respect to understanding certain biblical messages.
Every time the Bible represents a message with an animal, the Bible is not talking about an actual animal, it’s only indicating that such animal must be observed to realize the message. As a biblical enthusiast, a person must observe and learn the character of the animal to realize the message. The animal is just a representation of the message but not the actual message. In accordance to this, even though some of the situations had really occurred like the case of Samson and the lion, they usually carry a deeper meaning than written.
It’s very controversial to tell certain people that no snake appeared to Eve in the garden of Eden. Most people misinterpret the statement because of a popular pagan belief that the snake liberated mankind. Most people read the Bible with this fable already settled in their mind, and this affects their ability to comprehend the grammar in the book.
My favorite verse of animal representation of messages is psalm 91:13, when King David prophesied the coming of Jesus. He says He shall thread on the lion and the snake: the young lion and dragon shall he trample under his feet. I’ll only interpret what the Bible means by “young lion” for the purpose of this blog. I never actually knew this message until I was led to reflect.
I realized that a young (adult) lion always fights his father for authority of the tribe. In fact, in one particular documentary I watched, the young lion fought three adults for the authority to rule the tribe. The message is stating that Jesus shall overcome that compulsive need to want to attack His father for authority. The Bible also confirms this to be the case in Philippians 2:6-8.
When this verse is read, we’ll realize that unlike the young lion who has now reached maturity and sees himself equal to his father by fighting for authority, Jesus humbled himself and obeyed the father by doing his will even unto death. This is exactly where Satan fell in the beginning because Satan rose against God like the young lion always does. In fact, Satan’s banishment from the presence of God is just as the young lion is usually defeated and banished from the tribe.
It’s important that we learn to look at the Bible objectively and try to seek evidences for things mentioned. This solidifies our understanding and teaches us more about the truth. The Bible is a realistic book that covers every aspect of human life so it should be read with a eye to seek and learn.
Written By: DAVID A.O.