A. God’s Problem
Three things in this section that are some of the most controversial interpretations in the entire Bible.
1. “The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful” – literally hot – “and they married any of them they chose.”
Some say the sons of God are angels or demons who come down and marry and impregnate women. Some say it’s demon-possessed men.
Two reasons why these sons of God are not demons.
Matthew 22:30 “At the resurrection, people will neither marry, nor be given in marriage. They will be like the angels in Heaven.”
Angels don’t get married. So it can’t be demons marrying women, because all demons are is fallen angels.
Matthew 24:37-39. “
37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
The sons of God are supposed to be the guys who belong to God. The daughters of men are just regular, old, hot pagan girls. That’s all it is. That’s all it’s talking about.
It was such a godless, deplorable, depraved day, that God’s men were chasing non-Christian girls. If you’re a son of God, you’re not supposed to be chasing the daughters of men, you’re supposed to be chasing the daughters of God. You’re supposed to be chasing the Christian girls.
2. “Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be numbered to a hundred and twenty years.’”
Some say, that God saying that nobody is going to live to be 900 anymore. I prefer another interpretation, which says that from the decree that God said he was going to flood the earth and kill the sinners, he gave a hundred and twenty years for people to repent (1 Peter 3:20),
19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits – 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water,
God’s patient. Most of us will expect to live a long life. What that means is, that God is giving us perhaps 80 or 100, or some of us maybe even 120 years, like Moses, to repent of our sin. To trust in him. To turn from our wicked ways, and to walk with God.
3. “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days.”
Who are the Nephilim? The Nephilim are the heroes of old, men of renown. These are the guys that set culture, and everybody knows who they are. They’re rich and famous and powerful and make money. And they set the cultural pace. They were the cool guys. These were the guys that had their own clothing line.
B. God’s solution
God has feelings. Here, God is going to share with us one of his most prevalent emotions, and that is grief and sadness. Just like the Lord Jesus wept over Jerusalem, God wept over the condition of human life in that day. It says that the Lord was grieved. God is going to deal with sin. God is going to deal with sin in two ways.
1. The first way is justice. “The Lord said,” – here’s what God promised us – “‘I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth’” – this is justice. Some people say, “Well, couldn’t he wait a little longer?” He waited 1,600 years. “Couldn’t he give them a second chance?” He gave multiple generations a chance. “Well, couldn’t he give them an example?” Enoch walked with God, nobody else cared.
All of creation suffers because of our sin. Romans 8 says, “To this day, it still groans, waiting for liberation.” – “‘for I am grieved that I have made them.’”
2. The second way is mercy. The Bible teaches that everybody’s a bad guy, and God’s a good God. If it’s only God loves the good guys, then we’re all lost because we’re not good guys,
Look at the order. Noah found – what? Favour, that’s the first occurrence in the Bible of the Hebrew word for grace. Noah is just like us and then he found favour in the eyes of the Lord. Grace. God gave him grace. Then afterward, he was righteous man, blameless, walked with God.
Favour. How many of us have experienced the grace of God? There’s no glory in it for us. Jesus took all of his righteousness, poured it on me.
2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who knew no sin to become sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”