“Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose.” (Genesis 6:1-2 NASB).
We find here a most unfortunate commentary about the lustfulness in men’s hearts. It is a testimony to the lack of character and self-control of sinful men who cannot restrain themselves from the seductive influence of handsome and well-mannered women.
Today, it is commonly taught and accepted that the “sons of God” were fallen angels who abandoned their home in heaven and came to Earth lusting after mortal flesh, the “daughters of men.” It is an interesting supposition which provides a ready – yet unbiblical – explanation of Jude 6, 2Peter 2:4-6, and the origin of the notorious Nephilim.
Have you ever heard, “The grass is greener . . .”? Rather than being content with what God has given us, it is our tendency to lust for what is over the hill. Daughters born of the descendants of Cain, not Godfearing by nature, would not necessarily feel constrained in their sexuality, making them to appear more exciting to the men born from the line of Seth.
The more sensible, and most Biblical explanation of Genesis 6:1-2 is that God fearing men from the line of Seth were enamored by the sensuality of the daughters born from the line of Cain. This phenomena has been prevalent throughout human history – men are allured by sensual women. Man’s lustful desire has led to the downfall of many civilizations and powers. Anthony and Cleopatra is a well-known love story which brought down an empire. In the Bible we have story after story of how carnal passions in men among God’s people have led to destruction. Most notable is the story of Sampson and Delilah told in Judges 16:4-18.
Several times when God commanded Israel to destroy an idolatrous nation, Israel’s warriors would kill the men and take the women and cattle as booty for themselves. Under the influence of the pagan women, Israel would slip into idolatrous apostacy and turn from Jehovah God, bringing damnation upon themselves and their nation. Balaam, (a prophet of Mesopotamia, who was being paid most handsomely to curse Israel by Balak, king of Moab) no matter how hard he tried could not bring a curse. Every time Balaam opened his mouth to issue the curse, God would cause blessings to pour forth from his lips. Balaam found a backdoor – instead of cursing Israel, he counseled Balak how to corrupt Israel.
- “And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.” (Numbers 25:1-4)
The immediate result of this particular infraction was the death of twenty-four thousand souls for their indiscretion and worshiping of Baal, Verse 9; 2Peter 2:15; Jude 11; Revelation 2:14. The Scriptures are peppered with example after example of man’s infidelity to God, and how “daughters of men” can and do corrupt the “sons of God.” Every day we hear of “professing men of the cloth” being entangled in ungodly, immoral relationships – many of whom forsake both their ministries and their families.
God intends for and encourages a healthy relationship between “a” man and “a” woman in marriage. Men are commanded: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25); “Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.” (Colossians 3:19). And women: “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22).
However, the point in Genesis 6, as it is throughout the Scriptures, is that none of God’s children, man or woman, is “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). It usually leads to destruction – as it did in the days of Noah.
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