Monday, March 07, 2011

Summary of Genesis 6


Genesis 6 describes the revolt of the pre-flood world. After a period of silence in the historical record of the pre-flood world, Genesis 6 opens with a terrible picture of a demon infested planet. The sons of God had infiltrated human society. Who were the sons of God? It seems that they were demons. And just 120 years before the flood, the pre-flood world was certainly in an awful state.

In fact, man in the pre-flood world was in such a state of corruption that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). There would only be 120 more years of mercy left for the men of the pre-flood world. The Lord was sorry that He made man on the earth and the blotting out of the pre-flood world was quickly approaching. Everything would be destroyed.

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD. (Genesis 6:8) Noah lived a blameless life; he walked by faith. He was obedient to God. And so God spoke to Noah, reaffirming that the pre-flood world would indeed soon perish. God commanded Noah to build an ark. A massive ark. Just how big was it? It depends on whether the 18 inch cubit is used or whether a larger cubit is used, but regardless, the ark held everything that God commanded Noah to put in it. The ark held Noah, seven others in his immediate family, the animals of the earth, and an enormous supply of food.

Perhaps the most astounding part of Genesis 6 is that God says to Noah: But I will establish My covenant with you (Genesis 6:18). The mighty and all-powerful God would make a promise with fallen man. Thus while Genesis 6 is certainly a chapter which describes the violence and wickedness of man, it is also a chapter filled with grace. Even though it would have been perfectly just for God to blot out all men, not all men would perish in the flood. Through the means of an ark, grace would live on.

Related Posts:
Outline of Genesis 6
Summary of Genesis 5
Summary of Genesis 4
Summary of Matthew 1
Scripture Index

10 comments:

  1. Great article! I thought I might chime in and add my two sense. I actually have studied Genesis 6 quite in depth myself over the last several years. It is a very interesting chapter and your intro sparked my attention. As someone who believes Genesis 3:15 is the first prophecy in the Bible about Jesus Christ and His future victory over Satan, I 100% agree with your view on demons or fallen angels infiltrating human society. I believe Satan was trying to corrupt the human genome in an attempt in his mind to prevent the Messiah from being born... "the seed of the woman." Any thoughts?

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  2. If you are suggesting that the fallen angels (the sons of God) mated with humans and produced some sort of half-demon people, then I disagree. I gather from Matthew 22:30 that angels are incapable of procreation. I also don't see anything explicit in Scripture which would suggest a sort of half-demon race before the flood. Possession? Yes. Half-demon children? Definitely not.

    I outlined this topic in much more detail in the six part series I wrote on Genesis 6:1-4, so you might want to check that out.

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    1. Matthew 22 has been long used as a means to debate the abilities of God's other creations to procreate. Matthew 22 simply says in Heaven angels do not marry. Last time I checked marriage wasn't a prerequisite for sex. Nor does Matthew 22 deal with what spiritual beings are capable of manifesting as a body, on their own abilities, or as a permanent part of their state. The other common theory, long debunked, was that Gods of men meant lines of Seth. It takes someone dealing with only the English translation and no exegesis into the words and text to come to that conclusion. The Bible also says, in this chapter, that there was hybrids on the earth. They're even named: "Nephelim". Which means earth-born. It's not that "demons" procreated with women, it's fallen angels procreated with humans and created a race whose disembodied spirits would come to be known as demons. This is covered extensively in the old testament. Goliath himself was a decedent of the earth borns. They were huge, mean, evil, and typically hexydactal.

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  3. The Matthew passage doesn't say they are incapable, just that they don't marry. Also, I have come to this conclusion because I study Hebrew. The problem with many English translations is that sometimes the words in English just aren't there. If you study Hebrew the line of Seth and line of Cain theory is easy to discredit and the Bible is clear about who the "sons of God" are. If you would like examples I can give them to you.

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  4. Yes, Matthew 22:30 does not firmly indicate that angels cannot procreate, but it definitely seems to imply it.

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  5. The son's of God are Seth's blood line. and daughter's of man was the blood line of Cain.Cain became man, God left him alone and so Cain and his blood line became a pleasure seeking people, because they didn't have God so they looked for satisfaction in other things. Anyways so they are called man. And the son's of God were the people that believed in God and had a relationship with God. Well this probably opens more question, but it's not some fallen angles. Because that would just confuse people even more.

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    1. That WOULD confuse people more. Which is why the church started giving lip-service to the lines of Seth theory. It, however, as I see the author stated in comments, and impossible theory if you analyze the Hebrew. Banai'a'Elohim are never a reference... EVER... to humans. Nor does a carnal-union between believers and non-believer create genetically mutated offspring. Chuck Missler has a great commentary on Chapter 6.

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  6. There is no indication in Genesis 4-8 that indicates that the descendants of Seth were more righteous. The only descendants of Seth that we know were righteous were Enoch, Noah, and (perhaps) Lamech. Beyond that, all that we have is the general statement in Genesis 4:26 that "people began to call upon the name of the Lord".

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    1. If you check out the Hebrew you will also find that Noah's "holy ways" weren't the only reason he was saved. No was, as stated, "pure in his generations". God had a gene-pool problem. And spared no expense correcting it.

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    2. I agree with your above comments that the sons of God and the line of Seth theory is weak. However, I don't see any scriptural support for believing that some sort of mutant race was created before the flood. It would be reading too much into the text to take "pure in his generations" as referring to some sort of genetic purity that Noah had.

      Since angels are of the spiritual realm, they do not have physical bodies. So they do not have DNA, and thus would not be able to procreate without possessing another body. Perhaps you disagree. Ok, that's fine. It's not as though this is a subject that is extensively explained in Scripture, and thus it makes sense that there are a few differing views on it.

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