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Nachash: Seed of the Serpent is the second full length documentary in the God in a Nutshell Genesis series.
The word Nachash is commonly rendered in Genesis 3 as “snake” or “serpent.” However, Nachash actually has three meanings in one:
- As a noun, it means serpent.
- As a verb, it means to divine; the nachash means the diviner.
- As an adjective, it means shining; the nachash means the shining one.
In part one of the God in a Nutshell Genesis study, we talked about the Garments from the Garden of God. We continue with correlations between the serpent (Nachash) described beginning in Genesis chapter 3, and the claimed mother goddess serpent described in the Akkadian Enūma Eliš.
In the Enuma Elish (Enūma Eliš), we are told the serpent, also called the Glistening One, is the creator of the heavens and the earth. Further, we are told in Enuma Elish that the heavens and earth were created by the serpent from chaos. The serpent is named Tiamat.
It would be difficult not to draw the conclusion that the spiritual entity, Tiamat, of the Enuma Elish, and the Nachash (Shining One) of Genesis 3, were not one and the same slippery and evil character.
Nachash: Enuma Elish vs. Genesis
The first fundamental difference one may find between the Biblical text of Genesis, and the Akkadian Enuma Elish is that the Enuma Elish hails the glistening serpent as a “supreme god” and creator. Whereas, the text of Genesis defines the serpent, the shining one Nachash, as a deceiver who receives a curse from God Himself.
The text of Genesis, or the rest of the Bible for that matter, gives scarce focus to the serpent; save but to clearly express this entity as a very real adversary that does not play fair. However, it is noticeably clear, that the Biblical texts are not focused on the ancient snake, the Nachash. Perhaps an indication of how little God Himself thinks of this entity we call Satan.
The Bible begins, in Genesis, by tell us of an entire environment appearing created for the sole purpose of facilitating the creation of man, Adam. In fact, God spends less time talking about the entire of creation itself then He does of relationships, the good, the bad, and the ugly, with mankind ~ beginning with Adam. And, amidst the starting point of mankind’s story, in a paradise garden where man needs nothing, even a companion is given; also there stands in the middle of a paradise ~ a choice.
There are two trees, two paths.
So, on one end with Genesis you have God Himself who makes creation for man….
On the flip side, the occult, and certainly the Enuma Elish, there is no end of thoughts and praise and dark deeds glorified of the serpent ~ who even by the same occult texts creates demons and hates man.
That is literally where our story begins.
In short, no matter which tree ~ either way ~ we are introduced to this Nachash that was in the Garden of God.
The Nachash in Genesis is not only far from a “god” of any sort; but contrarily, is cursed as less than any live stock. And, is to crawl on its belly ~ a statement which could have a variety of meanings, including simply a declaration of just how low, degraded and humiliated the “shining one” serpent is to be considered.
In Ezekiel 28 we get another glimpse at this shining one Nachash, or the spirit behind such. Ezekiel writes:
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. Every kind of precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald. Your mountings and settings were crafted in gold, prepared on the day of your creation. 14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for I had ordained you. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the fiery stones.…
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
17 Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
I made a spectacle of you before kings.
18 By your many sins and dishonest trade
you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you,
and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All the nations who knew you
are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end
and will be no more.’”
Genesis: The Fall of Man and the Nachash
In Genesis 3, beginning in verse 6, we see the “fall of man.” There three parts of why Eve (meaning mother of the living) was deceived by the Nachash.
First, the serpent presents the same fundamental argument that we see in the Enuma Elish ~ that the serpent is in a clever way (Arum) claiming to be greater than God. The serpent’s sole purpose in the passage is to trick Eve, and ultimately Adam, into doing the one and only thing God asked them not to do.
Now, why would the glistening serpent (Nachash) actually desire to do this? And, why does the Nachash approach Eve and not Adam? It would appear, at minimum, the serpent is extremely interested in the devaluing of Adam’s authority and position with God.
Accordingly, the serpent, as we read in the Enuma Elish is also interested in the properties of Eve. Namely, the serpent identifies itself in the Enuma Elish in the feminine, the “mother goddess” serpent Tiamat; just as Eve is called the mother of all living.
In short, it would appear the Nachash is jealous of Adam and Eve from the very beginning.
To this end, the Nachash poses to Eve:
- The fruit is attractive to the eyes ~ a temptation of the flesh
- The fruit is good to make one wise ~ a temptation of the intellect.
- The fruit will make one become as “gods” ~ a temptation contradicting what be the very first of the ten commandments “You shall have no other gods before me.”
So, the serpent has asked Adam and Eve to violate God in a full spectrum trifecta. Further, in doing such, the Nachash has also demonstrated that man, or mankind, cannot even manage to obey or respect one rule despite being provided everything at no expense of his own.
In wanting to become “gods” mankind became instead like the Nachash.
Now, returning to the Enuma Elish, we find the serpent, glistening one, now parading and gloating its claimed glory on ancient stones complete with the serpent’s own creation account.
Enuma Elish: From Aliens to Major Music and Movies
The Enuma Elish, boasting the serpent “Tiamat” as the creator of the heavens and the earth, could easily appear as the source material for everything from trendy “popcorn music” with occult overtones, to evil aliens in movies using mankind as a host… and beyond. Or, perhaps more probable, the same spiritual source that inspired the prideful and dark accounts we read emerge from ancient Sumer and Akkad, later Babylon, to the walls of stone and altars to the gods of Egypt all has the same spiritual source; the serpent.
And, taking that a step further, it is by no means a conspiracy ~ but historical fact ~ that the worship of dark entities has taken shape and rise in most all of our major empires; birthing some of the darkest epochs of human history at points.
In this modern age, you hear of this secret society or that; however, in the ancient world none of this was “secret.”
Moreover, there is no “secret” to the occult’s “secrets.”
The occult believes that man is his own “god.” The occult believes that man should attain power by any means and at any cost ~ and this is no matter what station of life one may find themselves. The occult believes, and often with strong reason in their own minds, that they are working with entities or forces or “guides” of this type or that; which are their spiritual source.
In the Biblical texts, you are already born with a birthright as heir to a kingdom; thus any “special guide” with any other message is much like a shady character asking you to follow him into a dark alley to mug you for everything.
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~ Trey Smith