Thursday, 15 January 2015
Whence the Serpent? A Slightly Rambling Reflection on Genesis 3:1
ord-God, the serpent of Genesis 3:1 shouldn’t be in the garden of Eden. If we accept that Eden is the primeval temple (where Eden equates to the holy of holies, the garden to the holy place, and the world outside Eden to the outer court), then the serpent, as an unclean animal (Leviticus 11:42), presumably shouldn’t be inside the garden. So already, the man and the woman have failed in their mandate to ‘till’ and ‘keep’ the garden (Genesis 2:15), because they have not policed the proper boundaries but have entertained something unclean (the serpent) and allowed it to pollute the holy (the garden).