Genesis 6: 1-4

Who on earth were the Nephilim?  When I read of them I think of the Titans in Greek mythology.  They seem like demigods who perform heroic deeds and smile a pearly-white smile.  They have intrigued me since I was a youngster.  Are the sons of God the line of Seth and the daughters of men the line of Cain?  I don’t think so.  Did fallen angels confirm their fallen nature by copulating with humans?  I don’t know.  I think that it is most likely that sons of God is a royal designation and daughters of men refers to common stock.  It’s just a guess from reading an NIV commentary.  However, it would show how sin has progressed from individual, to family, to society at large.  Sounds like something needs flooding.
Genesis 6: 1-4
 1 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with [a] man forever, for he is mortal [b] ; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
 4 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.

  1. What happened to the number of men?
  2. What were born to them?
  3. Which ones did the sons of God marry?
  4. Are the Nephilim a result of marriages between sons of God and daughters of men or just existant at the same time?
  5. If the sons of God are rulers, how do they corrupt society?  How do we do the same?

Going Deeper
Go on line and research:

  • Nephilim
  • right of the first night

How does research develop your thinking?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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