When you think of famous people, who comes to mind? When someone mentions the word "hero", what do you think of?
Genesis 6:4, the Bible says that the Nephilim were men of renown,
heroes of old. Historically understood to be the offspring of angels and
human women, these Nephilim certainly would have been physically
impressive. They were probably handsomely beautiful and more than
humanly strong. We are also given to understand that they were taller
than normal men. Undoubtedly, they could accomplish great feats of
heroism and so win fame for themselves.
But what type of heroes were these men?
we read further, one theme of the growing evil of humanity was a
propensity toward violence (verse 11 and 13). People were attacking one
another, and groups of people were warring against others. Seeing that
these Nephilim would have been heavy hitters, along with the fact that
they are not mentioned as being righteous, as Noah was, we can imagine
that their acts of heroism and famous deeds were performed on the
battlefield in acts of violence.
The other men of their
day would have regarded them as heroes, but not God. God's hero was an
old man named Noah. As far as we know, Noah wasn't physically impressive
as the Nephilim were and he didn't have any war stories to tell. But he
was righteous and blameless and he walked with God.
you think about your heroes and those people of renown in our culture,
consider what it means to be a hero in God's eyes. Good looks, athletic
prowess, business acumen, a brilliant intellect, and artistic talent are nothing compared to a heart turned