The prophetic picture we see in the Hebrew word for “serpent” (nachash) gives us a hint that our Messiah was destined to destroy the power of this creature, who has caused the whole world to be deceived!
Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:14 And Yahuwah Elohiym said unto the serpent [nachash], Because you have done this, you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life:
*Hint: the Hebrew word for “eat” in the above passage is “akal” and it means the following: to destroy, to burn up, to consume, to devour.
That old serpent called “The devil” has been cursed to eating dust all the days of his life, and we humans are made from “The dust of the earth.” It's no wonder Satan desires to “devour” (eat, consume) YaHuWaH's people:
Aleph Keefa (1st Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour.
The term “fiery serpent” is therefore, an allusion to the idea that the serpent will either devour those who are disobedient, (by taking them with him into the lake of fire); or the obedient will devour and destroy the serpent by overcoming him by the blood of the lamb!
Bamidbar (Numbers) 21:8 And YHWH said unto Mosheh, Make you a fiery serpent [saraph, nachash], and set it upon [Aleph, Taw & Waw] a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he LOOKS UPON [Aleph, Taw Waw], shall live.
Bamidbar (Numbers) 21:9 And Mosheh made a serpent of brass, [nachash nechosheth] and put it upon [Aleph, Taw & Waw] a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent [nachash] had bitten/struck [Aleph, Taw & Waw] man, when he BEHELD/LOOKED UPON the serpent of brass [nachash nechosheth], he lived.
Bereshiyth (Genesis) 3:15 And I will put enmity [hatred] between you (the serpent/nachash) and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He [Aleph & Taw] shall bruise [crush] your head, and you shall bruise [crush] his heel.
The word “nachash” in Hebrew is spelled with three letters:
Nun = the seed, posterity, descendant (which is Messiah).
Chet = the fence, the wall, to go outside the camp, to divide in half.
Shin = sharp teeth, to eat, to devour, to consume.
What is the message in these three Hebrew letters for “NaChaSh?” The Seed of the Woman (Nun), who is Messiah, would later on in history “Make the journey outside the city walls of Jerusalem” (Chet) to the Place of the Skull (at the base of the Mount of Olives), where Abraham also offered up his son Yitzchaq (Isaac).
When Yahuwshuwa was nailed to Two Trees aka Two Crossed Sticks, he destroyed, devoured, consumed, crushed the power (authority, head) of the serpent!
The ordinance of the Red Heifer, (according to Numbers 19) was to be enacted when the nation of Yisra’el had shed innocent blood. The morning before our Messiah was crucified, the people shouted “Crucify him!”
They had shed his innocent blood, which is why he had to perform the ordinance of the Red Heifer! The Red Heifer was to be escorted “Outside the city walls” of Jerusalem (Chet), where he would be killed, and then burned [saraph] into ashes aka “devoured, consumed, burned” (Shin).
The ashes had to be “beaten, crushed, and pulverized into powder” using hammers and rods (just like when they whipped him 39 times). The High Priest would then “wash his hands” next to the dead body of the innocent person, and over the Red Heifer; He would then declare the following words:
Debariym (Deuteronomy) 21:6-7 “Our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.”
Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 27:24 Pontius Pilate “Took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person…”
*Explanation: Pontius Pilate washing his hands instead of the High Priest, was showing us that the gospel message would (from here on out) go to the gentile nations, and would be taken away from the Kingdom of Yahuwdah (Judah) at that time in history.
The ashes of the Red Heifer were to be collected into a “clean place.” Joseph of Arimathea donated his tomb, in which never a dead body had been laid, or in other words “a clean place!” The ashes of the Red Heifer had to be mixed with water, and made into a cleansing solution.
The ashes of the heifer were used to cleanse the articles in the Temple; or to cleanse a person who had touched a dead body. Our Messiah not only portrayed the role of the Passover Lamb, but he also portrayed the role of the ashes of the Red Heifer that were burned/saraph, and then beaten (destroyed), just like the “head” (authority) of the serpent was also crushed!
What does the head represent? The serpent’s teeth (fangs) are in his head, and that is where the poison comes from. The serpent also deceived the woman in the garden with his “forked tongue” and this means that his tongue (inside his head) was also “crushed!”
The “heel” is an allusion to the inheritance that Jacob grabbed away from his brother Esau in the womb. YaHuWaH told Joshua and the children of Yisra’el “Every place upon which your foot shall tread, I have given it to you!”
The land was their inheritance! We are commanded to “Tread upon serpents and scorpions!” (Luke 10:19). Our Messiah washed the “feet” of his inheritance, (his followers) in John 13. The Prodigal son received “Shoes on his feet” when he repented and returned to the Father! (Luke 15:22). He also received a “Double Portion Inheritance,” after squandering the first one. This, this word “NaChaSh” tells the story of the Gospel of Messiah!