April 13, 2020
Good morning Salties and friends,
I hope you got the chance to watch our Good Friday service. Kate and I enjoyed it and are looking forward to our Easter service. They are certainly not what we expected when we began planning these services back in January but we are thankful for the work and creativity of our worship and teaching team.
Today we’re going to move on to Genesis 6:1-4. “When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were attractive. And they took as their wives as they chose. Then the Lord said ‘My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh, his days shall be 120 years.’ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”
This is one of the most controversial 4 verses in all of the Bible. Although many disagree on the interpretation or whether it’s myth or history, I am firmly convinced it is an historical account of what happened before the Flood. What is described here was the catalyst that spread corruption throughout mankind. The interpretation of these verses hinge upon the meaning of the three groups mentioned; the sons of God, the daughters of men and the Nephilim.
There are 3 major interpretations of the sons of God and daughters of men. The first is the intermingling of the Sethites (sons of God) and Cainites (daughters of men). The 2nd is foreign rulers who considered themselves gods (sons of God) marrying multiple women (daughters of men). The 3rd which I believe; is the sons of God are fallen angels who assume human flesh and are capable of cohabitation with human women who produce offspring that are giants (Nephilim). I believe these verses explicitly describe a transgression of the boundary between the domains of heaven and earth that God wanted observed (Jude 6).
Stay tuned for Monday’s devotion as we dig a little deeper into this mystery. In the meantime, enjoy our Easter Service tomorrow as we celebrate from home the most important day in history. I will send you the link as soon as I have it.
He is risen, Neil