Genesis 6 The Sons of God

Genesis 6 The Sons of God

   There is argument that Jude is expounding on Genesis 6:2-4, and that this has more to do with angels than with men.  For example, Dr. Peter Gentry Professor of OT interpretation Southern Seminary concerning Genesis 6 has said: :  “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. … the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them…”  Jude 1:5-11 reads as follows:

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. 7. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.[8] Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. [9] Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. [10] But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. [11] Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

   Here it is argued that whatever sin is being talked about with Sodom and Gomorrha, in like manner the Angles in the pre-diluvian age fell into the same kind of sin.  Calvin comes to the rescue to say of verse 7: “When he says, the cites about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, I do not apply these words to the Israelites and the angels, but to Sodom and Gomorrha. It is no objection that the pronoun ______ is masculine; for Jude refers to the inhabitants and not to the places.”.

    Likewise, 2 Peter 2:4-5 is used to support the argument: “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;[5] And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;”.  It is argued that in the ancient world, this is where the angles sinned by the use of the word “And” as the turning point for a negative-positive circumstance of the old world.  However, verse 5 starts out with another negative and not a positive point.  This argument doesn’t not work. 

     But even if these passages were speaking of the sons of God marrying women as angles the subject is not about angles for the following reasons: 

  1. The responsibility is with man Genesis 6 “… the LORD regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart”.
  2. All that is under Satan has to do with the compromise of man, operating outside of the authority of God.
  3. The sons of God must always refer to sin in the line of Seth who compromised to the world the flesh and the devil, but in this case whose children were godly yet so fair they became attractive to the angles who fell.
  4. Genesis would not use an indirect story of angles in order to teach us that the subject is not really about angles at all.
  5. Angles cannot marry women, to work on the farm and provide for a family.
  6. Genesis 6 is not for or about a human race corrupted human-angle hybrid; born through determined Extra Terrestrials to marry beautiful women. This would make a great movie for Hollywood and the world but has nothing to do with the flood that Jesus spoke of.  Don’t be confused, the flood’s only concern is man’s departure from the God and His laws.     

Commentary on Genesis 6 now follows:

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, [2] That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. [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. [4] 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. [5] 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. [6] And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. [7] 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.

     Directly, Genesis 6:1ff preaches about the sons of God who were of the literal or spiritual sons of Seth, who did as Esau:  “Esau took his wives of the daughters of Canaan.  Adah the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and Aholibamah the daughter of Anah the daughter of Zibeon the Hivite …”. And  Genesis 36:2  the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father” …”  Genesis 28:8.  For this the author of Hebrews say “Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau …” Heb.12:16.  We see this again in Numbers 25: And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. 2  And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. 3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.”  Rather than wait on the Lord, the sons of God compromised and became just as the world and lost favor of God.  God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows that he shall also reap.  Genesis 6:2-4 is the crux of Genesis, yet poorly understood because of the compromise and blind worldliness of man. 

    This would explain more about Matthew 24:38

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 40Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.42Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. 43But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. 44Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 46Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 48But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; 49And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; 50The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, 51And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

    Mankind simply forgot about God, yet God had mercy in that He spared Noe.

    Secondly, we understand that “There were giants in the earth in those days” (verse 4).  And now the righteous became envious of the wicked, whose sons likewise became the giants of the earth (the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown), but not in a spiritual sense.  But, Psalm 73:1-17 says I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked … Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.”)     

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