WEEK 9: THE SNAKE
“now the serpent was more crafty (subtle, skilled in deceit) than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And [a]the serpent (Satan) said to the woman, “Can it really be that God has said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees of the garden, except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God said, ‘You shall not eat from it nor touch it, otherwise you will die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened [that is, you will have greater awareness], and you will be like God, knowing [the difference between] good and evil.””
We've learned about this incredible paradise God made for Adam and Eve, and we've seen how God wanted humans to choose Him and His ways. So God put a tree in the garden and said that Adam & Eve could eat from any tree in the garden except that one. Everything is perfect until we are introduced to the snake.
The snake is described as being “shrewd" which means crafty or street smart. A snake has a body that twists and coils around objects, which can change the way that an object appears. We are being shown that the snake is TWISTY! Mostly what the snake will do is TWIST the truth. Now, we know from the rest of the Bible, that this snake represents the devil. In different parts of scriptures, writers will refer to him as a snake, a serpent, a giant dragon or even a water monster! And the name "the devil" means the enemy, back-stabber, mud-slinger or LIAR. The snake only tells lies! He only knows how to take the truth and twist it.
In this story we see that the snake uses his crafty twisty ways to trick Adam and Eve into disobeying God. When Adam and Eve listen to the snake, his lies wrap around their minds and trap them. This might sound scary but we don’t have to be afraid of the enemy. In Genesis 3, when God catches the snake in his lies, God declares that there is a "snake crusher" coming who will stop the Liar in his tracks! We will see way later in the Bible that the “snake crusher” is Jesus.
Jesus was confronted by the snake too. In the gospels, there are stories of how Jesus went out into the wilderness and the Liar came to Jesus, trying to tempt him with tricks and lies. But Jesus didn't let the snake wrap those lies around Him. Instead, Jesus spoke truth. Jesus always speaks truth because Jesus is THE TRUTH. The snake is a Liar but Jesus is the Truth
Isn't it amazing to know that Jesus, the snake-crusher and truth teller, is for us and with us?We don't have to fear the Liar because Jesus has already defeated him. In the wilderness, Jesus didn't listen to the Liar and when Jesus went to the cross, He crushed the snake once and for all.
GO A LITTLE DEEPER:
Is there a time where you have been tricked or lied to? How did you feel?
Why do you think that Adam and Eve got tricked by the snake?
How did the snake trick Adam and Eve into disobeying what God said?
We have learned that God will always tell us the truth and we don’t have to listen to the Liar. How can we make sure that we choose God’s truth over the lies of the enemy this week?
GO BIG + GO HOME!
Here are a couple of fun activities to help your little storymakers to further connect to what we have been uncovering about humans.
Beaded Snake. You will need pipe cleaners, perler beads , glue, googly eyes, and red felt.
Cardboard Roll Snake Craft. You will need paper towel rolls, washi tape, hole punch, string or yarn, scissors, googly eyes, and glue dots.
Play Two Truths and a Lie. One person will make three statements regarding themselves. Two of these statements will be true facts, while one will be false, hence two truths one lie. It is up to the remainder of the players to guess which statement disclosed by person is in fact the lie. The player to first make the correct guess gets a point.