“Now the serpent was more cunning than any 👉BEAST of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”Genesis 3:1 NKJV
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-an animal, especially a large or dangerous 👉four-footed one.
So you see, the serpent was one of the beasts- a four-footed one, the more cunning one.
The serpent was not initially walking in the belly rather it was under the classification of a beast, a four-legged creature.
It was when punished that it starts to walk on its belly like a snake in today’s time.
“So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; 👉On your belly, you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.” Genesis 3:14 NKJV
Now, do serpent eat dust?
There is an organ in the roof of a snake’s mouth called ‘Jacobson’s organ’. This helps the snake to smell in addition to its nose. Its darting, forked tongue samples bits of dust by picking them up on the points of the fork, which it then presents to its matching pair of sensory organs inside its mouth.
Eat does not necessarily mean digesting, it could simply mean tasting. Eat is related to tasting. The verse also did not say, you shall eat dust “ONLY” all the days of your life. Of course, snakes eat other animals but during the hunt or when moving, it can’t help but taste a bit of dust in their mouth to help the snakes be directed to their prey or wherever it goes.
So you see, the serpent was also literal but of course, it can also be interpreted figuratively and or symbolically but let us not discard the literal sense.
“However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.”I Corinthians 15:46 NKJV
Click the link below to read the symbolism of Gen 3:14-15