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In the Beginning, God - Part 15

From Part 14

Let’s put the names of the heads of their generations together.

  • Adam - Man
  • Seth - Appointed
  • Enos - Mortal
  • Cainan - Sorrow
  • Mahalaleel - The Blessed God
  • Jared - Shall Come Down
  • Enoch - Teaching
  • Methuselah - His Death Shall Bring
  • Lamech - The Despairing
  • Noah - Comfort and Rest

God took 2,000 years to deliver a message of hope through the prophetic names of the world’s first generations. Man [is] appointed mortal sorrow, [but] the blessed God shall come down teaching His death shall bring the despairing comfort and rest.

Please don’t get side-tracked thinking this is just a coincidence. God planned it to let His people know He would send a Savior. He Himself would be that Savior in the person of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us. He would give His life in exchange for our freedom. You can have comfort and rest because of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. He conquered death. He conquered your death. He offers you eternal life if you will only follow Him. Since the time of Jesus, another 2,000 years have passed. The offer is still available but will end with your life on earth. You are not promised tomorrow.

Continuing

Chapter six of Genesis introduces us to the man, Noah, and his building project. But before we examine Noah, we must consider a strange passage in verses 1-7, “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

A common teaching in the first four verses of this chapter is that a demon race attempted to destroy the line of Christ by impregnating the women of the day. This interbreeding resulted in creating a race of giants.

There are several problems with this interpretation. One of the first rules of hermeneutics is to keep the statement in context. So let us do exactly that. Go back to chapter five and look at the first verse. “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him.” In the beginning, the very beginning, God created humanity in His likeness.

Verse two tells us He “. . . called their name Adam.” Adam and Eve became the first family, the Adam Family. Early in Genesis, we learn God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26, 27). Just as you might look in a mirror and see your image, a reflection of yourself, humankind reflected God. Unfortunately, man has failed terribly to carry on that reflection.

In verse three, we see Adam had a son after his mage, after his likeness. He named him Seth. Reading on, verse four tells us the Adam Family also had other sons and daughters. The human race grew in number.

Going back further in the context, chapter four tells of the uprising of Cain. Specifically, verses 17-24 give us the genealogy of Cain. We are first told of the birth of Seth in Genesis 4:25, 26 which leads to his genealogy in chapter five. We have the ungodly genealogy of Cain in chapter four followed by the godly genealogy of Seth in chapter five. This is the context of chapter six. Keep this in mind as we move on.

In Genesis 6:1-4 we find an interesting passage - “And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.”

One view of this passage is that the sons of God mentioned in verse two were corrupted angels seeking to destroy the line through which the Messiah would come by copulating with the daughters of men (humans). This unnatural union resulted in creating a breed of evil giants.

There are several problems with this view. We see the giants were not necessarily a result of bad genetics. They apparently existed before and after this ungodly union. We read in verse four, “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that . . . “ These giants existed before and after the time of supposed corruption. They were not the offspring of a demonic and human union. They were "also after that."

Generally, in the Old Testament, the sons of God referred to angels - God’s angels, not demonic creatures (see Job 38:7). In the New Testament, those who have been born again represent the sons of God (see John 1:12). The theory is that the sons of God were demonic creatures, not the holy angels (sons) of God.

We must also consider Genesis one. We see a repeated phrase, “after his [their] kind”, in verses 11, 12, 21, 24, and 25. Science calls this the law of biogenesis, that likes beget likes. Cats do not give birth to puppies. Birds do not give birth to fish. And humans do not give birth to demonic monstrosities.

Unlike humans, God created the angels as individual spirit beings. They did not reproduce spirit beings through copulation. Further, we are told in Matthew 23:30, “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” That they are spirit beings lends itself to the truth that a demon may possess a person, as often was the case in Scripture, but they do not reproduce.

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So, who are the sons of God and the daughters of men? Let’s go back to chapter four of Genesis. We have the genealogy of Cain. His descendants were full of evil and corrupted humanity, the daughters of men. These were women who feared not God, nor followed in His ways, the offspring of Cain.

In chapter five, we have the genealogy of Seth, the godly line - the sons of God. These intermarried with the daughters of men, which corrupted the line of Seth.

To sum up the matter, we have an intermarrying of the ungodly line of Cain with the godly line of Seth. This did not produce giants as they existed before and after the debacle of intermarriage. The Apostle Paul strongly urges against these kinds of marriages in II Corinthians 6:14-17.

© 2021 William Kovacic

Comments

Tamarajo on October 12, 2021:

And I sure wish the ability to comment on the article itself was still an option. I keep catching articles after the ability to comment is closed.

Tamarajo on October 12, 2021:

Hi Bill, an interesting lesson. I'm glad that you are continuing the Genesis study.

I still vacillate back and forth between the two interpretations of this scene. You present some really good arguments and Scriptural links for this particular side of it.

The opening act in Job is what trips me up with the "Sons of God and Satan among" them part. Its the only other place that the "Sons of God" phrase is used. This always leads to the lingering question of who, then, are the "Sons of God" in the Job narrative.

I also can't help but view this preflood development in the context of God telling the end from the beginning. It provides a sort of imagery for the modern world developments of mixing unlike things such as merging humans with technology resulting in a type of corruption .

All in all It's still on the shelf for me but your well studied thoughts have provided another weight on the scale of interpretations on the human mixing side of the debate.

James C Moore from Joliet, IL on October 11, 2021:

I get the impression (from previous studies) that God chose Noah because his "purity" was not just one of character but also one of blood lines. The fallen angel/ women mixing interpretation would suggest Noah's genetics history being unblemished by demonic influence was part of why God chose him. Having read this article I'm thinking perhaps Noah's ancestry was entirely from Seth's descendents and his bloodline was approved for that reason.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 11, 2021:

Always an interesting read, my friend, and it's good to see a new article from you. I hope this finds you well and healthy.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 11, 2021:

Glad to make contact, Pastor Bill. Thanks for this interesting and informative study. Great that you have your Scripture backings. Will come back and study with more focus. There's much here to learn.

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