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Jesus Our Serpent. Sermon delivered February 1, 2003 by Pastor Donald J.

Jesus Our Serpent

Gettys McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church McDonald, Tennessee Biblical quotations are from the New International Version NIV unless otherwise noted. Divine pronouns and titles are capitalized. Numbers 21, John 3 I have a Quiz for you this morning: Who is Our King of Kings? Snakes in mythology. The serpent, or snake, is one of the oldest and most widespread mythological symbols.

Snakes in mythology

The word is derived from Latin serpens, a crawling animal or snake. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to humankind[1] and represent dual expression[2] of good and evil.[3] In some cultures snakes were fertility symbols, for example the Hopi people of North America performed an annual snake dance to celebrate the union of Snake Youth (a Sky spirit) and Snake Girl (an Underworld spirit) and to renew fertility of Nature.

Snake worship. Horned Serpent. A Horned Serpent in a Barrier Canyon Style pictograph, Western San Rafael Swell region of Utah.

Horned Serpent

The Horned Serpent appears in the mythologies of many Native Americans.[1] Details vary among tribes, with many of the stories associating the mystical figure with water, rain, lightning and/or thunder. Horned Serpents were major components of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex of North American prehistory.[2][3] Horned serpents also appear in European and Near Eastern mythology. In Native American cultures[edit] Rock art depicting a Horned Serpent, at Pony Hills and Cook's Peak, New Mexico.

Wadjet. Ophion. Sources[edit] Pherecydes of Syros's Heptamychia is the first attested mention of Ophion.


The story was apparently popular in Orphic poetry, of which only fragments survive. Apollonius of Rhodes in his Argonautica (1.495f) summarizes a song of Orpheus: Lycophron (1191) relates that Zeus' mother, that is Rhea, is skilled in wrestling, having cast the former queen Eurynome into Tartarus. Nonnus in his Dionysiaca has Hera say (8.158f): Harmonia here is probably an error in the text for Eurynome. Beside the oracular wall she saw the first tablet, old as the infinite past, containing all the things in one: upon it was all that Ophion lord paramount had done, all that ancient Cronus accomplished. Mucalinda. Mucalinda sheltering Gautama Buddha; Sandstone with traces of pigment and gold, Honolulu Academy of Arts It is said that four weeks after Śākyamuni Buddha began meditating under the Bodhi tree, the heavens darkened for seven days, and a prodigious rain descended.


However, the mighty king of serpents, Mucalinda, came from beneath the earth and protected with his hood the one who is the source of all protection. When the great storm had cleared, the serpent king assumed his human form, bowed before the Buddha, and returned in joy to his palace. Artistic representations[edit] Níðhöggr. Leviathan. Leviathan (/lɨˈvaɪ.əθən/; Hebrew: לִוְיָתָן, Modern Livyatan Tiberian Liwyāṯān ; "twisted, coiled") is a sea monster referenced in the Tanakh, or the Old Testament.


The word has become synonymous with any large sea monster or creature. In literature (e.g., Herman Melville's Moby-Dick) it refers to great whales, and in Modern Hebrew, it simply means "whale". It is described extensively in Job 41 and mentioned in Isaiah 27:1. Tanakh[edit] The Leviathan is mentioned six times in the Tanakh, with Job 41:1–34 being dedicated to describing him in detail:[1] 1 Can you pull in the leviathan with a fishhook or tie down his tongue with a rope? 2 Can you put a cord through his nose or pierce his jaw with a hook? 3 Will he keep begging you for mercy? 4 Will he make an agreement with you for you to take him as your slave for life? 5 Can you make a pet of him like a bird or put him on a leash for your girls? 6 Will traders barter for him? 10 No-one is fierce enough to rouse him. Chaos (cosmogony) ( Greek χάος ) refers to the formless or void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos in the Greek creation myths , more specifically the initial "gap" created by the original separation of heaven and earth .

Chaos (cosmogony)

The motif of ( German for "struggle against chaos") is ubiquitous in such myths, depicting a battle of a culture hero deity with a , often in the shape of a serpent or dragon . The same term has also been extended to parallel concepts in the religions of the Ancient Near East . [ edit ] Terminology Hesiod and the Pre-Socratics use the Greek term in the context of cosmogony . Hesiod's chaos has often been interpreted as a moving, formless mass from which the cosmos and the gods originated, but Eric Voegelin sees it instead as , [ 2 ] much as in the Book of Genesis . Nehushtan. Illuyanka. The Sky God kills the dragon Illuyanka.


Behind him his son Sarruma The twisting body of the snake is depicted in undulating lines with human figures sliding along Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara, Turkey The myth is found in Catalogue des Textes Hittites 321, which gives two consecutive versions. Name[edit] See also Etymology of eel. Narrative[edit] In the second version, after the two gods fight and Teshub loses, Illuyanka takes Teshub's eyes and heart. Ladon (mythology) Serpent (symbolism) Serpent (Bible) In the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Genesis refers to the serpent who was partly responsible for the Fall of Man (Gen 3:1-20).

Serpent (Bible)

Serpent is also used to describe sea monsters. Examples of these identifications are in the Book of Isaiah where a reference is made to a serpent-like Leviathan (Isaiah 27:1), and in the Book of Amos where a serpent resides at the bottom of the sea (Amos 9:3). Serpent figuratively describes biblical places such as Egypt (Jer 46:22), and the city of Dan (Gen 49:17).