Anyone familiar with Greek mythology will know the story of Perseus killing the Gorgon Medusa. Her appearance was horrifying—writhing snakes for hair, dragon wings, and golden scales—and to look upon her was to be turned to stone. On his journey to slay Medusa, Perseus saved the lovely Andromeda from being devoured by a monster serpent.
One can easily detect within these stories the archetypes of enemy, victim, and deliverer. The archetype story originated in God's mind. He created angelic and human beings capable of rebellion, whose choices led them into captivity and judgement. He also provided the perfect Deliverer in the person of Messiah, who crushed the serpent's head. Perseus is one of the original 48 constellations designed to illustrate that most ancient prophecy:
"The LORD God said to the serpent . . . I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." Genesis 3:14-15