God's Curse on Satan

Gen. 3:14:
14 "The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;"


From verse 14 to verse 19 is normally called the verses of "The Curse". God addresses the serpent first. He cursed the serpent. That HAS to be the worst possible thing for God to do to one. Whatever he looked like before the sin (possibly erect and not bad looking or scary), he was to slither on his belly from now on. He would be an animal of dread and people would forever loath. He was not going to literally eat dust; but, from now on all feeding of the serpent would be off the ground ("dust you will eat"). There were other creepy things. Now God made the serpent to be part of that group.

When Satan won over Adam and the woman, he probably thought he had all of the descendants also. God thought of the curse to punish; but he also wanted to show that HE is the one that has the power, not Satan. Why was the serpent cursed above all others? When did the animals get cursed?. None of the animals had sinned; however, the sentence of death was follow through all animals as will as humans. The serpent was cursed by the death but also by the crawling and eating of dust.



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