Was the serpent in Genesis Satan or just some mischievous animal? I'm probably going overboard with this creature, but these are my notes:
- Gen 3:1 mentions the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals Christ has made, and Satan is not an animal but spirit. I believe earlier theology saw this as a creature rather than Satan. Later theology thought of it as Satan because it mentions Eve’s offspring (Christ) will crush his head (Gen 3:15). Serpent's offspring and hers (Gen 3:15) – does Satan have offspring? Thus it might not be referring to Eve’s offspring: Jesus Christ, but that men have dominance over serpents. “He will strike at your head” – He – Either Jesus or man. If Jesus, it’s God’s first promise of a redeemer for mankind. a. Online Views i. The serpent lived 'up' in the branches of the tree. Where man reached up for food. The serpent no longer lives up in the branches of the tree but lives down on the ground. ii. Dragon depiction; So he lost the legs and the wings, so has to crawl on the ground. Side note: If so, this might demonstrate how creation and evolution are both done, 1) creation by God first, then 2) natural selection after, rather than either-or debates.