The Bizarre Image of Mankind
Posted by foryourfaith on December 29, 2009
After murdering his brother Abel, Cain became a fugitive. He founded a city, and had numerous descendants – it is noted that these included musicians and metalsmiths and those who dwell in tents and have cattle (Genesis 4:17-22). But this fugitive murderer was not to be the ancestor of the rest of mankind.
Adam and Eve had a third son named Seth and through him came “the generations of Adam” that continue the biblical story. Among these descendants, the name of Enoch stands out. “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). Many interpreters have taken that statement to mean that Enoch did not die. The possibility that he did not die provided a mystery for later generations.
In the second century BC, the Book of Jubilees reported that Enoch was “conducted into the Garden of Eden in majesty and honor, and beheld there he writes down condemnation and judgment of the world.” Numerous apocalyptic writings were attributed to him, and in some, he was perceived as the angel closest to God.
Genesis also reported that “the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were fair; and they took to wife such of them as they chose.” From these marriages were born the Nephilim, or “giants,” also known as “the mighty men that were of old.” This mysterious statement was taken up in later apocalyptic writing. In one of the books that has been attributed to Enoch, for example, the “sons of God” were seen as fallen angels. These angels corrupted the earth and produced evil giant children.
According to Genesis, the birth of the giants was an indication of how wicked the earth had become. “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great . . . so the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the ground.’”