The sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. Genesis 6:2,4
I’ve been praying for a while this morning so as not to write about this from some need to be sensational. How does God feel about this part of our history?
The phrase ‘sons of God’ is found other places in scripture and most agree that it refers to the fallen angels who were cast to earth along with Satan, the leader of their rebellion. These fallen angels saw the beauty of the women of that time and desired them. Perhaps Satan wanted to pollute the gene pool to prevent the coming of the Messiah?
Angels always appeared as men so it should not surprise us that the angelic realm could disrupt God’s order of things and choose to engage sexually with mankind. (We encounter angels unaware too, sent by God. Angels can still take on human form.)
The Nephilim were the children of these unholy unions between demonic beings and human women and they were giants. No wonder judgment was coming. Mankind was no longer mankind but a strange mutation of the intermingling of two worlds.
Any of us who were raised in the church can be naïve and shudder at the thought that such a thing could be. But Jude said, “And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire.
Unless I take my head out of the sand and know, to what extent, Satan loves to take something holy and pervert it, I will be of little use when it comes time to take the Gospel to situations where profound evil exists. It is possible for me to be holy while still being street smart. Jesus was never shocked by evil but saw it in all its ugliness and dealt directly with it. He didn’t relegate Himself to synagogue life. I can assure you that kids in school see more evil than we are even aware of.
God is long-suffering, not wishing that any would perish, but that all would come to repentance. While He waits and longs for new disciples of His Son, I must be engaged to passionately spread the news of the Gospel to those who are enslaved.
Do I feel like You feel as You look at my world today? If not, wake me up. Infuse my heart with Your emotions. Amen