|God's Description of Evil World
1 "Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them,
2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.
3 Then the LORD said, My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.
|This is the start of the story of Noah. The moral and spiritual conditions had deteriorated to the extent that God was sorry He made mankind. People were multiplying on the earth; but, they were not of the quality God originally wanted. Remember though, God gave all free will. People make their own choices. These people were, of course from Cain (sometimes called Cainites) and Seth (sometimes called Sethites).
Verse 2 speaks of "sons of God" and the "daughters of men" getting married. Who were the "sons of God"? Some non-Bible believers say with these words that this verifies myth, superstition, or legend. There are no "sons of God" as far as we know. From our knowledge of God, we know there is some other meaning of the "sons of God".
Although not mentioned before in Genesis, some Christians try to make the "sons of God" equivalent to the descendants of Seth (although not all Sethites were god-like) and the "daughters of man" descendants of Cain. Perhaps there was a type of wall up between the Sethites and the Cainites. The descendants of Seth made up the Messiah line and the descendants of Cain made up the unbeliever line. .Maybe this could represent the breakdown of the wall and "mixing" of the believers and non-believers. However, how could this bring about giant children?
Some have used the "sons of God" to represent angels. In Job, the "sons of God" does refer to angels. However, in the Genesis context, this would be inconsistent with the characteristics of angels. Primarily, an angel, though referred to in the Bible as "he", does not reproduce to the best of our knowledge. Jesus says the angels of God do not marry; however, these are the angels with God. The "fallen angels" may marry. .
In the New Testament, the "sons of God" (Hebrew: bene elohim) refers to born again Christians. The BIble teaches that Christians should not marry non-Christians (2 Cor. 6:14; 1 Cor. 7:39). So the words here may refer to believers not marrying non-believers. The "wedding" of these two groups, though probably forgivable, is not God's desire.
The "taking of wives" for themselves most likely means the promiscuity of the times. Though the true meaning of the passage leaves questions, the words probably refer to the breakdown of moral between all believers.
The Holy Spirit in verse 3 is not with humans. They have not followed God's directions. Men of flesh and need the Holy Spirit. However, the times are so bad, the Holy Spirit does not abide in anyone at that time.
Tracing the timing of this passage, it looks as if the 120 years referred to it the remaining time of earth as they know it. It would then be in the time of Methuselah.
4 The Nephilim were 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.
5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6 The LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.
7 The LORD said, I will blot out man who m I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.
8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD."
|In verse 4 there is a word that is not always understood. The word "giant" or "Nephilim" needs to be understood before the passage is clear. It is even referenced the same way in Numbers 13:33. The verse says that giants were on the earth. The sons of God and the daughters of man bore children. The word giant comes from the Hebrew Naphilim comes from naphal which means "fall". So the word "giant" has a meaning based on "fall" or "fell". There are three immediate thoughts on the "fall" reference. It could refer to real giants or "fallen" men (falling away from God) or the "fallen" angels.
There is no doubt there were "giants" in this world. Not the mythical giants that are as tall as buildings. But very large men that were similar to Goliath, whom David slew. To the paleontologists there have been found remains of very large animals but right beside them have been found human prints that were very large. That not only proves that the large animals lived with humans (not an accepted theory for evolutionists) but that there were large people. So the term in the scripture could refer to actual large persons.
Since the word is a basic "fallen" derivative, it could be referring to those that have fallen away from God. The way the scripture is written, there were fallen (from God) people. The fallen people have been for some time and are still coming about. Even the children will be fallen when raised by the Nephilim.
The third possibility is referenced to the fallen angels. Remember when Lucifer fell with his loss to God and was exiled to earth, he took with him about 1/3 of the angels. They became known as the fallen angels and later demons working for Satan. So is the theme of fallen angels is carried though, the fallen angels could be what was on the earth at that time. We have to understand that if fallen angels are the reference, they are not sitting around enjoying the surroundings. They are working on the people to persuade them to deny God. That never stops. It is in force today.
God sees that there is terrible wickedness in the world. Everything that mankind did and thought was evil. God came to a point that in scripture it says that God was sorry He made mankind. He grieved deeply. At this point God makes a decision to essentially start all over again from scratch. Would He create another "Adam" or could He find someone who is righteous enough to save from whom a society could be grown again? Noah found favor with God. Therefore, God chose to destroy all the life on earth as known then.
Henry Morris in the book The Genesis Record does a good job of delineating the evils of old AND the evils of today. With God so disturbed with the old world, would you not believe that He feels the same way now? Here are some of the relationships:
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