Don’t Talk to the Snake

(S: Scripture)the_snake_charmer_by_zachsmithson-d5tx6oc
Read: Ecclesiastes 10:11, Jeremiah 8:4-17, Genesis 3: 1-15
Ecclesiastes 10:11 (NLT) It does no good to charm a snake after it has bitten you.
KJV) Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

(O: Observations)
What does Solomon mean by “serpent”, “charmer (enchantment)”, and “babbler”?

  1. Babbler in Hebrew is lashow, meaning tongue, language, wedge, speaker.
  2. Charm in Hebrew is lachash, meaning enhancement, orator, prayer.
  3. Gen 3:1 (KJV) Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, Hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
    • Eve lied to Satan in Gen 3:2 by saying they could eat of any fruit.
    • Satan’s central lie in Gen 3:4 (KJV) “Ye shall not surely die.”
    • Gen 3:13 (KJV) And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
  4. Jeremiah speaking of the deception by false prophets wrote, Jer 8:17 (KJV) For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you saith the LORD.

(A: Application)
How do I unfold this scripture? Digging deep, I voyaged back to Eve’s mistake as a “lashow” and speaking to Satan. Digging deeper, WWJD, and found myself back in Matthew 4:1-11 when Jesus pulled out the sword of truth and answered the serpent’s temptation each time with, “For it is written…” All this digging brought me to Proverbs 31:30 where Solomon stated that charm, or “lachash” was deceitful, beauty was passing, but a woman who fears the LORD shall be praised. Careful not to misconstrue Solomon’s wise verse from Ecclesiastes; to paraphrase, “don’t talk to the snake”.

Much like in the movie Jurassic Park, Hammond was consumed by his illusion that he was in control. Do we have an innate desire, to do what the serpent specified in Gen. 3:4, to be become just like God? To completely dominate “beasts” which God designed to follow their natures? We foolishly use Ouija boards, hunt for ghosts, watch movies that “charm us to temptation”, in short to tempt the serpent. For it is written, I will talk to God, not the snake He created. The serpent will bite, it is an illusion to think I can change his mind.

(P: Prayer)
Loving Father. Help me to dig deep into Your Word, to understand Your wisdom, and further my relationship with You. In Your name I pray. Amen.


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