Summary: 2 of 3. Genesis records the wanton wickedness of humanity & its repercussions. Wanton wickedness invites repercussion. But Why or How does it do this? Wickedness invites repercussion thru...
WICKEDNESS INVITING REPERCUSSION-II—Genesis 6:1-8
Talking to his friend, Harvey said, "Eddie. I just had a quarrel with my wife."
"Oh yeah," said Eddie. "And how did this one end?"
"When it was over," Harvey replied arrogantly, "She came crawling back to me on her hands & knees."
"No kidding? She really loves you! What did she say?"
"She said, 'Come out from under that bed, you gutless weasel!!!'"
Genesis records the wanton wickedness of humanity & its repercussions.
Repercussion—An unintended consequence occurring some time after an event or action, esp. an unwelcome one.
Wanton wickedness invites repercussion.
How/When does wickedness invite repercussion?
7 dispositions/failures/measures/qualities of wickedness that invite repercussion.
We have seen previously that Wickedness invites Repercussion thru...
1. Aberrant RELATIONSHIPs(:1-2)
2. Aberrant STRIFE(:3)
3—Wickedness invites repercussion thru...
:4—“There were giants on the earth in those days, & also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men & they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”
“Giants” or “mighty men” were present in antediluvian times, as well as in Moses’ day.
These “men of renown” are mentioned because they are readily noteworthy. The presence of these Nephilim (so-called “giants”) seems to be directly tied to the “sons of God going in to the daughters of men.” A noteworthy outworking of the progeny of this union was the Nephilim or “mighty men.
*“Renown” has a neutral connotation. It is qualified by its context. One can either be a renowned farmer or citizen OR a renowned murderer or dictator.
They were of some notoriety & ferocious reputation among men whose demeanor was quite unlike them.
*This fits in especially well with an understanding of the “sons of God” being the sons thru whom Noah was produced.
Also this situation evidently occurred after the Flood into Moses’ time(as he is the writer)—hence “afterward, when.”
These men were also present “afterward” in postdiluvian times, they are not some strange mixture of humanity with the demonic—although the demonic must have had a tremendously influential relationship with them.
They are only men, although they were definitely ferocious or animalistic in behavior. Thus there is no real mystery to the designations “sons of God” & their relationship to the “daughters of men.”
“The term in Hebrew[Mylpn] implies not so much the idea of great stature as of reckless ferocity, impious & daring characters, who spread devastation & carnage far & wide.”—JFB
“The whole problem with verse four is relating the allusion to these men who were mighty or strong & “men of renown [name]” to the context of the degradation of humanity. An answer may lie in the reference to nephilim in Numbers 33..... So, while these nephilim could have been tall & strong (with some exaggeration by the spies being considered), their obvious military prowess may have struck fear into the Israelites.....Thus, nephilim may not have been a reference to a racial group as such, but rather to those of a fearsome character.”—Trevor Major Num. 13:33—““There we saw the giants[Nephilim] (the descendants of Anak came from the giants[Nephilim]); & we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, & so we were in their sight.””
The only other use of Mylpn(Nephalim) used outside of Genesis Used 3X).
These were at minimum a very tall & imposing people by to the comparison with grasshoppers.
Deut. 2:9-11—““Then the LORD said to me, ‘Do not harass Moab, nor contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land as a possession, because I have given Ar to the descendants of Lot as a possession.’”(The Emim had dwelt there in times past, a people as great & numerous & tall as the Anakim. They were also regarded as giants, like the Anakim, but the Moabites call them Emim.”
Deut. 2:19-21—“‘And when you come near the people of Ammon, do not harass them or meddle with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to the descendants of Lot as a possession.’” (That was also regarded as a land of giants[Rephaim]; giants[Rephaim] formerly dwelt there. But the Ammonites call them Zamzummim, a people as great & numerous & tall as the Anakim. But the LORD destroyed them before them, & they dispossessed them & dwelt in their place,”
Though the Emim, Zamzummim, & Anakim are distinguished as separate peoples, they are all three regarded as “giants(Myapr[Rephaim]).” The Anakim were descended from the Mylpn(Nephilim)(Num 13:33).
“Giants”(Rephaim)—Myapr raw-faw-eem'(plural)—N. Proper Gent.—Strong—in the sense of invigorating; A giant. The singular form is also used in reference to the physical healing effected by physicians &/or God.
This word(used 25X) in the Num. & Deut. passages is—From—apr raw-faw'—V.—Strong—a primitive root; properly, To mend (by stitching), i.e. (figuratively) To cure.