Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Sons of God - Daughters of Men

1 Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants 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.
Genesis 6:1-4, NKJV

Sons of God - Daughters of Men

Genesis 6 presents a Bible passage which has been interpreted many ways. I, personally, am not a Greek or Hebrew scholar, so I rely heavily on the interpretation given by those who are such.

However, in this passage, I am purposefully choosing a very simple explanation which is certainly in keeping with the text. Even if these verses contain a meaning different than the obvious, the plain meaning of the text has great relevance to us in this, the 21st century.

God, in these verses, is giving us a background for the events to come. Until this time, according to the purposes of God, He has used the line of Seth to continue a people who are faithful to Him. However, even in the line of Seth problems arose.

The sons of God, which we will take to mean those who believed and obeyed God, looked to the daughters of men, those who did not worship and serve the Lord, and saw that they were beautiful. Choosing the daughters of men for wives, the world became more and more corrupt. Just as in the case of the children of Israel, when they chose to intermarry with the pagan nations, they became corrupt.

We are actually warned, in Ephesians 5:8-11,
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. 

Ephesians 5:15 continues,
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Unfortunately when we align ourselves with evil, whether in marriage or in other associations, such as in business, most often we see the corrupt influencing the good. Like a bad apple in a barrel of good apples, the bad apple corrupts the entire barrel. The good apples do not change the bad apple into a good one.

We understand that in the days of Noah, corruption and evil had reached such heights that only Noah remained faithful to the Lord. But for the grace that God saw in Noah's life, the entire world would have been destroyed. 

Let us be careful of the associations we make. In all of our dealings, business and personal, let us seek the grace of God to keep us faithful to God. Let us take heed lest we fall. It is Christ who saves us, and it is Christ who keeps us faithful to Him. Left to ourselves, we would all fall.

That is the most basic lesson taught in these verses. Let us, then, go forth today in the strength and power of the Lord Jesus Christ, alone!

God Bless You,
Linda
 


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