Genesis six is one of those, “Huh?” chapters. There’s so much “Huh”, that I really struggled with how to write about it, so I’m just going to dive in and we’ll see what surfaces.

It begins with sons of God finding the daughters of men beautiful so they married them.

Huh?

What the heck? There are a couple of thoughts as to who the sons of God were:

                Angels

                 or

                Godly men (descendents of Seth)

The second is the most widely held theory and the one that makes the most sense to me. So if the sons of God were Sethites, then it stands to reason the daughters of men were Cainites and, therefore, wicked hoochies.

                What about daughters of God and sons of men?

Apparently it was worth mentioning that these two distinct bloodlines (Righteous Seth/Evil Cain) were intermarrying and those bad girls were rubbing off on those good boys.

I have a friend who tells her husband “You make me tired”, when she’s frustrated with him (she has a charming Southern accent and it sounds so sweet and genteel when she says it). That’s the sense I get when I read verse three. People were making God tired so he heaves a deep, wearied sigh and decides to cap their lifespan at 120.

Verse four is very confusing to me.

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterward – when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

Huh?

The study notes at the bottom of my Bible say the Nephilim were people of great size and strength and the Hebrew word means “fallen ones”. Is it just me, or does that sound like a description of Goliath? It also reads to me like the Nephilim are a result of the intermarriages between the Sethites and the Cainites. And why exactly were they considered heroes?

While people saw the Nephilim as heroes, God saw the thoughts of their hearts – and everybody else’s – as only evil all the time. This filled his heart with pain and he grieved his abominable creation to the point of wiping out humankind.

Huh?

I believe God to be omniscient, which means he knew when he created man this would happen. So if that’s true, why did he go to the trouble of creating something he knew would end up so far from Him? I think I might like to ask him about this someday.

Anyhoo, all of civilization is rotten to the core with the exception of one guy and his family. Noah. “Finally something I remember from Sunday school,” I hear you say. Yes, but just hold on. The story doesn’t quite coincide with my recollection, but we’ll get to that in the next chapter.

God tells Noah to build an ark approximately 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. And Noah says, “Riiiiight.” (Is it still okay to quote an old Bill Cosby skit?) That would be four-and-a-half football fields long, three stories high and… um… I can’t think of anything that’s 75 feet wide. But you get the picture. Now days there are cruise ships much larger than that, but think about how humongous it had to have been to people who didn’t have football fields or three story buildings to compare it to. And how in the world did he build something that massive with no power tools?

When the boat’s finished, God tells Noah to take his three sons and his wife and his sons’ wives and get on board. Let’s just imagine for a moment that Noah’s daughters-in-law had been teased in high school by the popular girls about their choice of boyfriends – those prudish, boring Noah boys. And then when all of Noah’s family goes up into the ark and it’s still sunny outside those snobby kids had to be busting a gut. But when they finally start floating on the roof of their house don’t you know Noah’s girls were thinking, “who’s laughing now?”

God also commanded Noah to take two of every living creature, male and female, and a stocked pantry for both the animals and the people. Did God really mean for that to include things like stink bugs and mosquitoes and snakes? Especially snakes. I mean, for cryin’ out loud, the snake ruined Paradise for us! Why would we want them to survive the flood?

Whatever the case, Noah did everything just as God had commanded him. Good Noah.

Chapter seven is more of the same, only different.

 

Let’s Chat

  1. Who were the sons of God and daughters of men?
  2. Why were the Nephilim called heroes of old, men of renown?
 

1 Comments

  1. Laura on April 18, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    I’ve recently had some ah-ha moments on this particular chapter of Genesis. Disclaimer – I’m no Bible scholar nor have I went to divinity school but the NIV version reads “When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.” Aren’t the descendants of Seth and Cain both human beings? Why do you suppose that these daughters are “hoochies” clearly the “sons of God” we’re doing wrong by marrying “any of them they chose” My take – maybe God was angry that men – sons of God as well, as regular men were taking any woman they chose to marry – could have been his daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, etc. Maybe, God was angry because men were not valuing women – remember God created woman to be Adam’s helper. Also, sin put a wedge between men and women. Genesis 6:8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. That means only Noah found favor in God’s eyes – not the sons of God, not the heroes of old, not the Nephilim. Somehow scholars have forgotten that just Noah found favor in God’s eyes, the rest of the humans on earth …”every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. ‘ The original sin still plagues us to this day Men are still saying “The woman you put here with me – she game me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”. Maybe God is waiting on men to step and taking accountability for his actions – after all “And the Lord God commanded the man, You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (gen 2:16) before woman was even created.

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