The reason the Serpent (Nachash) is always portrayed with the cross (tav) in early Christianity (Gnostic, Nazarene, Essene) is that Jesus himself gives us this image…. in John 3:14.
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,(exalted) that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
In Numbers 21:8
And YHWH said to Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole; and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, and looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole; and it came to pass, if a serpent had bitten any man, and he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”
The serpent (a symbol of rebirth and resurrection-shedding of the skin) is also a symbol for the risen Christ. See the Hundu/Buddhist “Nagas” –>> Same symbol.
The Serpent in the Genesis Myth, “ha-nachash” (Hebrew) which also means “the Shiny one” as in “the enlightened One”. The Nachash represents the Trickster that steals the Light away from the Jealous God who is keeping the Light to Himself. See Prometheus Bound. The Nachash is like the Raven of Native American mythology who takes the Light from the Great Power and brings it to mankind.
It is a representation of the incarnation. Man becoming God. The serpent is the symbol of Yahushua the Nazarene that is cursed (like the Serpent in Gen 3:14) to be crucified on the cross as a symbol that the Light exists within all mankind. See how Moses raises the Serpent on a staff in Numbers, to save those bitten by serpents. Same symbol.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent (nachash) , Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
How is Jesus Cursed ? (See Gal 3:13)
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written:
“Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”
…. Be sure to bury (a man hung on a tree) that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse.
OK cursed, but does Jesus crawl on his belly (like a worm) and eat dust … ?
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
…..… I am a worm and not a man,
scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
7 All who see me mock me;
they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the LORD,” they say,
“let the LORD rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;
you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast.
10 From birth I was cast on you;
from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
… 15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;
you lay me in the dust of death.
they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display;
people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them
and cast lots for my garment.
And Gen 3:15 also says …..
And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Hosea 12:2 reads ….
The LORD …
he will punish Jacob according to his ways
and repay him according to his deeds.
In the womb he grasped his brother’s (Esau) heel;
as a man he struggled with God.
He struggled with the angel and overcame him;
And in John 13:18, Jesus says : I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
What is the connection between Jacob(Israel) and Esau and Judas and Jesus (Essa) Are these two also brothers, perhaps even twins ? Is this Judas Thoma (The Twin) ?
There is a Reason that Genesis 3:14 relates to John 3:14 (Number Pi) There is a reason Genesis 1:1 relates to John 1:1
The truth is hidden in codes. God is called El-ah, el-Aleph which is the Hebrew Number One. God is One, there is only God. Everything is God. Ein od milvado.
Seek and you shall find. “From Aleph to Tav” from beginning to end;