Genesis 6:1-5; Job 1:6-7, 2:1 & 38:4-8; I Peter 3:18-20; II Peter 2:1-11; Jude vss 5-7ff and Mark 12:24-27
Steve returned to the Genesis series today with a book at 6:1-5, which includes the story of the “sons of God” marrying the daughters of men, and Nephilim. He said the reference relates to Job 2:1-2, where the sons of God came to present themselves before God and Satan was also there. And, Job 38:6-7, which says the sons of God shouted for joy when God established the stars. The latter reference means the sons of God can’t be people because only angelic creatures were present at that time.
“Nephilim” means giants, and also fallen ones. Right after the Nephilim come, God sees the wickedness of mankind and their evil intentions. Steve said his contention is that the Nephilim were fallen angels, based on 1 Peter 3:18-20 and 2 Peter 2:1-9, which talk about God punishing sin and Noah preparing the ark prior to the great flood.
“God knows how to keep the unrighteous in hell until the day of judgment and He knows how to protect the righteous,” he said. “Likely the angels mentioned in Peter are the same ones mentioned in Genesis.”
As further evidence, he read Jude 1:5-7, and its reference to the angels who didn’t remain within their position of authority being compared to those who engaged in sexual immorality. Jude also references the book of Enoch, which contains a lot of discussion about the Nephilim. That reflects the belief in Jewish culture that they were indeed angels who sinned in a grievous way by marrying women.
“The reasons it’s so bad is because angels did what they weren’t supposed to do,” Steve said. “But the danger of the Nephilim is getting so into it we pay more attention to them than things that matter. Part of the lesson I want you to take away is this did happens, and we shouldn’t ignore it. But . . . God didn’t give us all the details on it. He knows what we are like and that we would get carried away with it.”
The point here is that God knows how to punish sin, whether committed by humans or angels. And today, we are still in the ark of Christ in a world that is drowning in sin. We don’t run away from the reality of different passions, but we don’t make them our focus either. The bottom line, Steve said, is that we come to know the love of God by knowing the severity of God.