Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
This scripture can seem strange coming from the mouth of the Savior. Should we be like sperpents? Isn’t the serpent a symbol of deceit, of evil, of the devil? Well… not really. The serpent has a dual nature in the scriptures. It is both good and evil; it represents birth and death. The symbol of the serpent has been seared into our minds negatively because of our cultural baggage. Nevertheless in those old days the serpent was more than what we think of today. Just food for your thought.
P.S. have you seen the serpent on the cross on ambulances and in drug stores… has that something to do with its ancient meaning?