The Nephilim

Sunday, August 13                          

Gen. 6:1-8 is one of the most debated topics in Scripture.  A core issue is identifying the Sons of God and the daughters of men.  Are the Sons of God men or angels?  I’ll say right up front that I see no reason to think that angels are involved.  First of all, angels do not reproduce.  When the Sadducees tried to trap Jesus with their question about marriage in heaven (Lk. 20:27ff.) Jesus said that people in heaven would not marry, but be like the angels.  There is no place in Scripture that even hints that angels propagate.  Propagation was for mankind to fill the earth, so there would be no reason for angels to get involved.  Secondly, only mankind is consistently referred to as “sons of God” in the Bible.  Luke, in giving Jesus’ lineage, refers to Adam as a son of God (Lk. 3:38).  Thirdly, the account of creation distinctly puts parameters on procreation—“after their kinds” (species).  That refers to earthly creatures.  It would be unreasonable to think that it would not apply to cohabitation between earthly creatures and celestial creatures.  Now, turning to the Gen. 6 passage, the word “Nephilim” means “fallen ones,” which theoretically could include fallen angels, but the context does not tell us that.  They are called men in verse four.  Furthermore, when God determined to destroy the world because of all this wickedness, he said that he would wipe out “mankind.”  Many Bible scholars believe that the sons of  God are the descendants of Seth and the daughters of men would be the Cainites.  That makes sense to me.  Apparently Seth and his descendants remained faithful to God while the descendants of Cain were wicked.  Up to Gen. 6, that is.  With the descendants of Seth joining the wicked Cain line,  God decided to take action.  The flood narrative follows.

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