Genesis 6: Increasing Corruption on Earth

1 When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose.

-This is a very highly debated couple of verses in scripture in terms of what the phrase “sons of God” actually means. Many claim “sons of God” refers to angels and they are called this way in couple places in Job. We have not had any introduction to angels yet as of this point, only a cherubim, and everywhere else in the bible angels are referred to as “malach”, the Hebrew word for angel or messenger. If God is giving Moses this account and he is then relaying this to the Jewish people in the desert, why would Moses be suddenly talking about angels and so much heavenly history the people could not possibly know would all just be assumed. Not only that but why would an angel have sex with a human? Angels are genderless and while we do see they can take a form of a man, there is no point. Angels do not reproduce. We human beings feel sexual pleasure because we are designed that way for reproduction. In heaven, there is no gender and there is no reproduction. To say angels did what we do would be taking something heavenly and transcendent and bringing it down to our level. If these angels are “fallen” which we will address in the next couple verses, why would fallen mean they become men on earth? To believe all this requires a lot of explanation that we simply aren’t given with the exception of the account in the Book of Enoch which is not included as part of the 66 books in the bible. It makes no sense why God would allow angels to fall and corrupt His plan for mankind. The only reasonable conclusion that I can ascertain as to the meaning of this line is based on what we are already given; that Cain’s line became wicked (daughters of man) and Seth’s line included those that were more righteous (sons of God). Not only that but Seth’s line is the line that eventually lead to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Jesus. Since Seth’s descendants eventually became the Israels (God’s people) perhaps this is why they are referred to as “son’s of God”. These two verses are saying Seth’s line was not so righteous anymore and they began interbreeding with daughters from Cain’s line choosing a mate solely on attraction rather than anything relating to Godly character. We will see in a little bit that by the time Noah was 500 years old, everyone righteous except for him had either died off, become corrupted, or in Enoch’s case was taken away. Noah was the only one left because of the corruption of sin and interbreeding with Cain’s “fugitive” line.

3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.”

-It almost sounds as if God is talking about the Holy Spirit having extended the life of everyone at this point but this is not so. Going back to the Hebrew, the meaning of “Spirit” is the same for when God breathed life into Adam. This verse could read “My breath of life will not tolerate man forever”. The only question is if God is saying that He will be limiting any persons lifetime to no greater than 120 years. This is puzzling because there have been people reportedly living longer than 120 years to this day and we know anything said by God cannot be wrong. God is not given to exaggeration and it doesn’t say “average”or “typical”maximum. One possible theory is that this verse is saying that there will be 120 years before the flood and mankind will be wiped out and begin anew with Noah. We don’t know how old Noah was when he was told by God about the flood but we are told he was 500 years old when he the three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth had all been born and the next time measurement we are given is that he was 600 years old when the flood started. It is possible based on the facts we are given that “120 years” means that Noah was told 120 years before it happened and before the last of his three sons were born and that’s how long it took to prepare. I cannot reconcile “120 years” meaning an age because everything God says is absolute. That must be the time between God’s spoken proclamation and warning to Noah, to the actual flood.

4 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. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

-A large number of biblical authorities believe that “Nephilim” refers to Angels that fell to earth and interbred with mankind. As mentioned before, we are not given information and history to be able to substantiate this story. The only pieces of info we have is the word itself and the description of “sons of God” which are only referred to as angels in the Book of Job. The information we are given has to do with Cain and Seth’s separate lineage. We had a whole chapter and a half on this. The word “Nephilim” means “giants” in Hebrew but could also be translated as the plural form of “fallen” which would mean “fallen ones” or “the fallen”. The word does not say fallen angels though many taken it to mean this. We do know in later scripture that a third of the Angels in heaven decide to follow Satan but we are given nothing in scripture that says angels fell to earth and became men. Mankind if elevated to a status above the angels and have a special purpose in God’s divine plan even though angelic beings themselves are more powerful in terms of what they can do. Why would an angel, especially a fallen angel, be privileged to live a life as a physical man on earth? And if they did not have physical bodies but were spirit beings on earth, what need would they have to reproduce? As said before, the only source for all this information is the Book of Enoch which is not considered to be part of the bible by 99% of Christian denominations including Catholics. In short, we are making things up. We have to go by what the 66 books of the bible says and if any of this really happened, we aren’t given the information to believe it so there is no reason to make these assumptions. If the Nephilim were giants then there could be other reasons why they would be exceptionally large people. Perhaps they were a culture from Cain’s line that believed in breeding the strongest people to greet a mighty warrior race and so intentionally brought couples together who had great physical traits and size so that they as a people will grow in size. This would be nothing new as we saw examples of this as late as the Nazi’s during WWII. They believe the blond-haired, blue-eyed, Arian race to be the master race and eventually wanted no other race to exist except for these people. They loosely followed a philosopher named Neitche who is famous for declaring “God is dead” and suggested the sole aim of mankind should be improving itself as a race. This is a very natural thought pattern throughout human history that if we totally reject the very concept of God and consider ourselves as gods, then the logical conclusion would be to improve our race in a physical and worldly ways since that’s all there is. We do know that Nephilim are mentioned after the flood which those who believe they are spiritual beings like angels suggest perhaps they somehow survived the flood. To me, this further proves they are not one people but any race of people who follow this very common line of thinking throughout history and try to breed a race of giants or “supermen”. The Canaanites were giants because they were very worldly, one of the reasons God probably chose to destroy them. Lastly, the description “might men” suggests warriors with great physical characteristics all the more reason I believe they were bred that way and weren’t some kind of super angel-human hybrid beings. If the Nephilim were not wiped out in the flood then that would suggest to me that God failed and had a problem He couldn’t deal with. That sure doesn’t sound like God to me.

5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.

-This fits with what I explained under verse 3. Mankind had become more and more evil to where all there actions and thoughts were of physical, worldly things and nothing of God. Noah became the only one living left that still had a righteous nature like Enoch and (possibly) his father, Lamech, who did not think worldly. If people were breading to create physical giants, warring with and killing each other, then this would make sense. Things would have had to be VERY bad for God to decide to wipe out the whole earth. To say that things were bad because of fallen angels mating with humans seems to diminish the effects of sin and the evil of mankind which God just gave as the reason for his desire to destroy the earth. Yes, the Devil and demons are involved in temptation, this is true. But the Devil cannot “make” us do anything. To say that this is the fault of demons that caused the flood is no different than when Adam pointed his finger at Eve and even God for making her and then Eve pointing her finger at the serpent. Satan did not force Adam of Eve to eat of the tree, he merely tempted them into wanting to do it themselves. If there was any “coming into” of fallen angels into mankind then it was only to infiltrate the mind and tempt mankind to sin.

Noah and the Flood

9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. 10 And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

-When describing Noah, the verse is not saying Noah was perfect even though some translations use that word. The word “blameless” in this translation is from the Hebrew word “tamiym” which means “complete, whole”. I think it may be accurate to say that this verse is saying Noah was a balanced person because he acknowledge God in his life, not that he did everything right and was perfect. The phrase “walked”with God is not literal and simply means he conducted his life in a way that was on the path God would want a man to be on in life. No one is truly a “good” or righteous man but we find out later in Genesis that God counts faith as righteousness. Hebrews 11:7 tells us Noah walked by faith in listening to what God was telling him even though it must have seemed preposterous because there had never been a such thing as rain before and not only that, he may have been told 120 years in advance! That’s a long time to wait on God.

11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 13 And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

-Have you noticed how many times in this chapter we’re told about how corrupt the Earth is. And each time, we are given the reason: the ways of the flesh. We are not told that the corruption is due to fallen angels, the corruption is due to sin. Not just sin but totally unrepentant sin. This is in here so many times its as if God has anticipated the future and made sure to include this extra times to make sure we get the hint. God is destroying the world, because of sin, because of people living by the flesh, for physical and worldly things, and not turning to Him.

14 Make yourself an ark of gopher wood. Make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and out with pitch. 15 This is how you are to make it: the length of the ark 300 cubits, its breadth 50 cubits, and its height 30 cubits. 16 Make a roof for the ark, and finish it to a cubit above, and set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.

-What the heck is “gopher”wood? Interestingly enough, “gopher” does not refer to the animal, it is an untranslated Hebrew word because no one knows exactly what it is. It was either wood from a type of tree that went extinct (maybe in the flood) or a name the Hebrews used for a type of wood that has been lost over time. There are some who have spiritualized the information given here and claimed the dimensions given for the ark are also roughly the same proportion of a man and then tying that to Jesus as being our “ark” of salvation to survive the wrath of God. Nothing in the bible is incidental and has meaning, true, but it seems more likely that the dimensions are here to simply validate the story. One could, and people have, build an ark given the information here if we are to assume a cubit is the average length of a man’s forearm. Here is a link to one such build: http://www.today.com/news/life-size-noahs-ark-replica-draws-tourists-netherlands-2D79452166

17 For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.

-Notice “breath of life under heaven”. This confirms what we discussed in verse 3 about God’s “spirit” not abiding in man forever. Here it actually says “breath” confirming this interpretation for verse 3 that it is not the Holy Spirit prolonging life but simply referring to life itself as being God-breathed.

18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. 19 And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. 20 Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive. 21 Also take with you every sort of food that is eaten, and store it up. It shall serve as food for you and for them.” 22 Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.

-An age old question is “How can Noah fit two of every single kind of animal into the dimensions given in the ark? That’s impossible!” Well, sure, it would be impossible if we are assuming he is bringing literally every single variation of every type of animal and that he’s bringing fully grown animals like that seem way too big like giraffes inside. But if we imagine he is to bring one kind of dogs and one kind of cats, for example, instead of every bread of dog and cat and that many of the animals he was bringing were young or even infants, then it all does indeed check out. It could definitely be done. We have had thousands of years for people to simply try out the details and it does indeed work. The only “problem” people will claim is how can you have every single variation of an animal and the answer is, he didn’t. We discussed genetic diversity earlier and how it has degraded over time. We can then logically conclude that it used to be greater and that every variation of every animal we see today was in the genetic code of whatever bread of animal was on the ark. Through generations of each animals, these variations came about. It might actually be possible that before the flood, there may have many variations of animals as well as people that we’ve never seen. Earth may have been even more diverse at that time. It is no wonder that we find strange fossils of animals or variations of animals that aren’t like anything we’ve ever seen and can sometimes be hard to explain. Maybe not every possible variation of life was saved on the ark but enough to give us the amazing diversity we see today.

Spanish words:

acontecer = to happen, occur

contender = to compete, contend, fight

gigantes = giants

antiguedad = antiquity, seniority, length

designio = plan

doler = to hurt

corromper = to corrupt

codo = elbow

anchura = width

pacto = pact, agreement, covenant

alimento = food

almacenar = to store, stock, collect

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