Today we will begin to explore the mysteries of Genesis Chapter 6.
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Right from the get-go in chapter 6, we are introduced to the following strange verse:
“the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were attractive; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose” -Genesis 6:2
The first question is who or what in the world are these so-called “sons of God”?
The original Hebrew is “Benei Elohim“.
First, contrary to popular understanding, these beings are not angels.
However, they are high-ranking spiritual beings.
The Scriptures tell us that the Benei Elohim have been given charge over all the nations of the earth.
For instance, in the Book of Daniel, we read how the archangel Michael had to contend with a supernatural figure described as the Prince of Persia.
This Prince of Persia is also called a “Benei Elohim“.
We are also told that these Benei Elohim mated with the daughters of men and gave birth to a race of people known as the N’filim.
N’filim stems from the root word “Nephal” which means “fallen” or “cast down” as in descending from a state of goodness to wickedness.
These N’filim were a supernatural people who seemed to possess extraordinary powers above and beyond normal human beings. However, the source of their power came from a evil source.
Many Bible scholars have taken the position that these beings were fallen angels who mated with regular human women.
Given that the offspring from these “sons of God” called N’filim means “fallen” or “cast down”, this conclusion is understandable.
However, the ancient Hebrew sages had a different take.
They believed that the “Sons of God” were the Godly and faithful line of Seth and the “Daughters of Men” were the line of Cain.
Up until this time, in accordance with God’s will, these two lines stayed separate.
But, as time passed, men from the line of Seth began to lust after the beautiful women from the line of Cain resulting in a polluted race that the Lord could not and would not tolerate. This resulted in God sending the great flood to destroy this unholy offspring.
The truth is we cannot know for sure exactly who or what these Benei Elohim are.
However, one foundational biblical principle is brought to the forefront here.
God desires His chosen people to NOT intimately mix with the people of the world.
Our God is a god of separation, NOT assimilation!
I should note that this is not a diatribe against interracial marriage.
Interracial marriage is fine, as long as both of the parties are both followers of the one true God of Israel.
If you were to visit modern Israel today, you would encounter Israelis of many different complexions and races.
I am talking about perfect spiritual unity.
While it is important to be a witness to an unbelieving world perishing in their sins, one should NOT intimately connect with a God-denier, even if that person is your father or mother.
From personal experience, I would also highly advise you to NOT take advice on life from an unbeliever. That would be a true recipe for disaster.
This includes staying away from how-to-get-rich self-help books as well. (Boy am I guilty of this!)
Stick to the pure, undiluted truth of God’s word and you will not stumble in this life or the next.
Never forget that God has called the believer to a life of separation, in both thought, diet, word, and lifestyle.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Do not yoke yourselves together in a team with unbelievers. For how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship does light have with darkness?-2 Corinthians 6:14
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father, his mother, his wife, his children, his brothers and his sisters, yes, and his own life besides, he cannot be my disciples.”-Luke 14:26
To another he said, “Follow me!” but the man replied, “Sir, first let me go away and bury my father.”
Yeshua said, “Let the dead bury their own dead; you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God!”
Yet another said, “I will follow you, sir, but first let me say good-by to the people at home.”
To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”
So every one of you who doesn’t renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.-Luke 14:33