In the book of Genesis there is a paragraph of mysterious Scripture. I say mysterious, because, of the various interpretations that have been given of it. My interpretation is not an uncommon one, but I do not believe it is the most popular among us. I think you understand my interpretation by the following commentary on the verses.
“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.’ But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” Genesis 6:1-8 (KJV)
I will be looking at the “sons of God” as being the sons of Adam who were following the commands of the LORD as much as they were empowered to do so. However they were enticed by the beauty, and affections of the “daughters of men” who were the daughters of the ungodly; possibly men who were engulfed by evil in so called magical arts, reading the stars, etc. Christians of today; for the most part; know the commands given by Paul, and from the Old Testament; “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14ff).
The lesson is also taught in the commandments dealing with farming. See Deuteronomy 22:10; because the ox and the donkey have two completely different mindsets. The same is true with a believer and an unbeliever. There will be often excruciating pains and problems related to the differences. Marriage is tough enough without entering into already fully divided.
There is warning given in the above printed verses that “My Spirit shall not always strive with man…” Which seems; at least to me; to be saying their time is short. That mankind of that day had only 120 years until judgment would come on them. The wickedness had grown so monstrous that the holy and righteous One could not put up with it any longer; yet He gives them time to change their ways.
Some may ask, “What were the “Giants in the earth in those days…?” They were possibly those wicked men who were known and popular for their demonism, witchcraft, spells, and other kinds of evil practices. The imaginations of mankind had run wild. Could we not say that also of the day in which we live? I certainly think so.
More and more professing Christians see no wrong in participating the speech, behavior and acts of the world around them. Christians are marrying the “daughters of men”, joining in the practices, and at the same time attempting to worship the Creator.
When the sons of GOD marry the daughters of men evil increases. Good is diminished. The Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ is neglected, rejected, and despised.
Christian we might be complaining of losing our rights as citizens of the United States of America; however, we need to be more concerned that we have lost our power with God. We have lost that because we have joined ourselves with “the daughters of men”, the unrighteous and the unholy.
Thank GOD for His grace. Just as Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD; so too do we all as we come to Him through His Son Jesus. I leave this for you to muse on. God loves you the way you are; however, He loves you too much to leave you the way you are.
-Tim A. Blankenship