Daily Tidbits 12/26/11 – Wise as Serpents

Mat 10:16  Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Snakes shed their skin based upon their maturity.  Young snakes, as they grow, can shed their skin every few weeks.  Maturing snakes shed their skins every few months, and a fully mature snake sheds its skin about once a year.

Serpent skin is linked to Scrolls.  The word for parchment in Greek is μεμβρανα ‘membrana’ which means a parchment of skins from the Latin word ‘membrana’ which means ‘thin skin, film membrane’ (2 Timothy 4:13).  Membrana also means ‘the skin of a snake or the skin prepared to write on a parchment like a scroll.’

We must examine ourselves AT LEAST once a year and shed our skins (errors, sins, false beliefs) in order for the living flesh to grow and mature.  This time of year when the year is ending and a new one is beginning is a good time of year to consider this concept.

The snake cannot grow if it doesn’t shed its skin and can even die if the past year’s skin is not shed.   If the skin sheds to the tail but doesn’t come off, circulation can be cut off and the tip of the tail die and fall off.

Mat 5:30  And if your right hand causes you to offend, cut it off and throw it from you, for it is profitable to you that one of your members should perish and all your body not be thrown into Hell.

It is interesting to note that while the skin is shedding, the outer layer of the eye sheds making it look milky or blind.  So too, while we are examining ourselves in light of the Word, we must let the ‘outer layer’ on our eyes shed off and not look at the Word of God with the ‘glasses’ of previous doctrine.  We need to look at the Word with ‘fresh eyes.’

Mat 10:16  Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

The word for serpent in Matthew 10:16 is ὀφις ‘ophis’ which comes from the Greek word ὀπτανομαι ‘optanomai’ which means to look upon or behold through the idea of a serpents sharpness of vision.

This is a great time of year to take heed and look at where we stand, lest we end up falling.

1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

1Ti 4:16  Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

1Co 8:1  Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
1Co 8:2  And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

Heb 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

Phi 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Isa 5:21  Woe to those wise in their own eyes, and discerning in their own sight!
Rom 12:16  minding the same thing toward one another, not minding high things, but yielding to the lowly. Do not become wise within yourselves;
Pro 3:7  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Jehovah and depart from evil.
Pro 26:12  Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
1Co 3:18  Let no one deceive himself. If anyone thinks to be wise among you in this age, let him become foolish, that he may become wise.
1Co 8:2  But if anyone thinks to know anything, he still has known nothing as he ought to know.

2Co 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
Isa 66:2  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.
Isa 66:5  Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the LORD be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.
Lam 3:40  Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
Psa 139:23  Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
Psa 139:24  And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psa 26:2  Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

We need to examine ourselves and allow the dead skin to fall off that new fresh skin can be seen…just as a baby…(2 Kings 5:14; Job 33:25).

Job 33:25  His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth:

It is interesting to note that in the kingdom, the infant is linked to the serpent and the peace between the two.

Isa 11:8  And the infant shall play on the hole of the asp; yea, the weaned child shall put his hand on the viper’s den.

Notice that רטפש ‘ratphash’ comes from the root טב ‘tov’ which is commonly translated as good, or merry.  This is also the root of the word טבע ‘teba’ which is the Hebrew word for nature.  Recall that the month on the Biblical calendar which corresponds to December is טבת ‘tevet’ which comes from this same root ב ‘tov.’

This word pictographically can represent ‘to see, good’.  The letter ע ‘ayin’ is a pictograph of the eye which means to see and the letters ט ‘tet’ ב ‘bet’ spell טב ‘tov’ which means good.

Gen 1:31  And God saw everything that He had made and behold, it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning the sixth day.

Jesus is the Word made flesh. When we are recreated in His image we will be living epistles…walking Bible scrolls just as He was.

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
1Jo 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Psa 17:15  As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
2Co 3:3  it having been made plain that you are Christ’s letter, served by us, not having been inscribed by ink, but by the Spirit of the living God, not in tablets of stone, but in fleshly tablets of the heart.

The ‘natural force’ of Moses
Deu 34:7  And Moses was a son of a hundred and twenty years at his death; his eye had not become dim, nor had his natural force abated.

The Hebrew word for ‘natural force’ is:

BDB Definition:
1) moisture, freshness, vigour

This comes from the root word:

Going back to the word לח ‘lach’, another fascinating connection is seen to the current study.  Those who are reborn in Messiah will be in His image.

Walking Torah Scrolls

2Co 3:3  it having been made plain that you are Christ’s letter, served by us, not having been inscribed by ink, but by the Spirit of the living God, not in tablets of stone, but in fleshly tablets of the heart.

The word in Hebrew for tablet is לוח ‘luach’ which comes from the above word לח ‘lach’.

Exo 31:18  And when He finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave to Moses the two tablets  (לוח ‘luach’) of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.

The word for harmless in Matthew 10:16 is ἀκέραιος ‘akeraios’ which means without mixture and pure/innocent.  Harmless or without mixture as doves…In Hebrew the word for dove יונה ‘yonah’ is speaking of the mixture or mire of wine.  This is interesting to note as the word for mixing of wine in Hebrew is מסך ‘masakh.’  מסך  ‘masakh’ as a noun means:

This word comes from the root:

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea no longer is.
Rev 21:2  And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, having been prepared as a bride, having been adorned for her Husband.
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of Heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God with men! And He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.
Joh 1:14  And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten from the Father, full of grace and of truth.




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