Questions/Answers Genesis mentions about “GIANTS” in Noah’s days—WHO were they?

Genesis mentions about “GIANTS” in Noah’s days—WHO were they?

 

                                                                           QUESTION 11

GENESIS MENTIONS ABOUT "GIANTS" IN NOAH'S DAYS-WHO WERE THEY? AND WHY AREN'T THERE GIANTS NOW?

 

          Let us read the record preserved by God for us in the book of Genesis:

There were giants in the earth in those days. (Genesis 6:4)

That is, during Noah's days, the days before the flood. Most of the people were huge and mighty in size and stature. Also after the flood there were a few giants scattered.

          When Moses sent the spies to the promised land of Canaan, the spies came back, reporting:

And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. (Numbers 13:33)

Wow! Compared to the giants, the children of Israel were like grasshoppers!

          In the coast of Moab, the book of Deuteronomy records about a land of giants!

That also was accounted a land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time; and the Ammonites call them Zamzummims; A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims. (Deuteronomy 2:20, 21)

          Moses talks about the last of the giants, the remaining of giants. The king of Bashan was a giant, it says. King Og's bed size is given. Therefore we can get an idea how tall he was. It says:

For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man. (Deuteronomy 3:11)

          This giant was having a bed size of 9 cubits length and 4 cubits breath. A cubit is 18 inches or 11⁄2 feet. So, the length of the cot was 131⁄2 feet, and the width 6 feet. For him to sleep on a cot of 131⁄2 feet he would have been around 13 feet in height at least! His cot was made of iron. What must have been his weight I wonder!

          If this "remnant" of giants was around 13 feet, how tall would have been the first man and the first woman?

          Sin has affected even the very physical being of man. Adam lived 930 years (Genesis 5:5); but today the average lifespan of man is 60 years, and is still decreasing! The Bible says:

All have sinned, and come short. (Romans 6:23)

We have come short in many things-the glory of God, in life span, in height, in wisdom, in vision, in the fineness of tastes, etc.

          Sin has made us short (that does not mean, the shorter the person, the greater the sinner!)

          If the remnant of giants was around 13 feet, do not be surprised if Adam, the first man, who was perfect, would have been more than that! We don't know his actual height. But he should have been more than 13 feet at least. Probably somewhere around 18 feet! Why not? Eve would have been a just little shorter than Adam, I guess. On the resurrection morning Adam and Eve will be in for a big surprise to see their descendants just 6 feet, and even less! But let us not despair. The work of redemption is restoration-to bring us back to the original plan!

          There is a time for everything, even a time in the order of restoration. First-God wants us to get rid of this menace called sin (by His grace), which made all things short. This has to happen while we are still alive here. Next-the perishable body that we now possess will be replaced with an immortal and incorruptible one at the Second Coming of Jesus (See 1 Corinthians 15:51-55).

          Finally--in Heaven there will be "healing" taking place as we partake of the leaves of the tree of life, the fruit of which Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat because of sin (Genesis 3:22-24). It will be ours, freely to partake of, every month! (Revelation 22:2).

          Apart from eating of the fruit, the redeemed will eat something that Adam and Eve initially were not commanded to eat-The leaves of the tree of life. And what does the Bible say those leaves are for?

And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22:2)

What healing? Are we going to be sick there in Heaven and in the New Earth? No! But there has been a damage done on our physical structure because of sin, and that damage will be restored. We will be healed and will be restored to the original plan. At the resurrection, we will come out perfect, holy, immortal, but with the same size that we went into the grave. Since it was sin that brought this decline in size and age, it will also be restored. As we partake of the fruit of the tree of life, our lifespan will be taken care of; and as we eat of the leaves of the tree of life our stature will be restored. (It will be gradual, as we will be partaking of it every month. Even if it takes 100 years to grow an inch, it will not matter, as eternity is there for us!) Thank God! Soon we could look into the eyes of Adam and Eve without straining our necks, or without they bending their knees. Face to face and eyes to eyes!

          The last Chapter of the New Testament talks about the "healing" that will take place, and the last Chapter of the Old Testament too talks about this "healing". God declared:

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. (Malachi 4:2)

Christ is the "Sun of righteousness". He will be the one to lead us to the tree of life and the water of life (See Revelation 7:15-17).

          And there will be "healing", restoration. That healing is to make us "grow up"! (Malachi 4:2). We will be no more dwarfs but giants, and more than that! The restoration will be complete!

          God is a lover of varieties. All men and women may not reach the same height of Adam and Eve, respectively. There will be little ups and downs, I guess. If not, it will be monotonous, but there will be no one too short, compared to the rest! All will be happy with God's restoration, in all its beauty and variety!

 

 

Pastor Michael Pedrin Preaching