There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:4)
It has long been my contention that where the nefillim (“giants”) are concerned, it is their function — not their form — that is most important to highlight. In other words, how they got here might not be the most critical issue. When it comes to the nefillim, what they did probably had more impact on that generation than anything else. So what did they do? The hint lies in this phrase, “These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”
In Hebrew, the phrase אנשה שם an’she shem literally means “men of name.” There is only one other place in Scripture where this phrase is used just as it is in Genesis 6. That occurrence is found in Numbers 16:1-2 and describes the rebellion of Korah, Dathan, Abiram and 250 notable “men of renown.” This phrase indicates that these “men of name” were men of great reputation and influence; they were well known and powerful men in their tribes.
However they came to be, it would seem that the nefillim were in positions of great power, influence and authority. It would also seem that they used that influence and authority to coerce mankind to provoke to anger with their wickedness. I would argue that this scenario is being replayed in our day. Men and women of great influence and authority — whether they be politicians, entertainers or media pundits — are using their positions to coerce mankind, and in particular God’s people, to defy Scriptural principle in favor of whatever seems to be right in our own eyes.
As God’s people, it is our duty to faithfully represent God’s name in the earth; we are to sanctify His name before all men. Messiah said that He came “in my Father’s name,” meaning that He was authorized and empowered by the Father to minister to His people. Furthermore, because He was faithful to the Father’s will, He was upholding the reputation of the Father. Likewise, we are to uphold His reputation by submitting to His authority above all others. In so doing, not only do we sanctify His name before men but we establish a “good name” for ourselves. As it is written:
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” (Proverbs 22:1)
Blessings and Shalom,