4. Many Waters

In this volume of Madeleine L’Engle’s time quintet, Dennys and Sandy Murray are sent back in time after typing a phrase into their father’s new computer. “Take me someplace warm. Some warm and sparsely populated.” They are cast upon a desert near an oasis. The oasis and time of Noah who has not yet begun to build his ark.

In Genesis chapter 6, the writer introduces the nephilim. Not just Nephilim but sons of God.

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they too them wives of all that they chose. Genesis 6:1-2.

In L’Engle’s story the nephilim take wives of the sons of men. The nephiim are winged giants. Not very nice giants, lustful and evil. There are other winged giants, Seraphim. Good and kind and faithful giants. The nephilim have rejected heaven and good. The Seraphim are good and serve men. Seraphim can leave Earth anything they chose.

In the battle between good and evil, the story of Many Waters is reminiscent of Ephesians 6:12 from the New Testament:

For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

There seems to be many types of evil around us. We must be wise to discern not just one or two evils, but evils and powers that are against us. How easy it is to follow the path of least resistance, the broad path.


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