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Fall of the Sons of The GOD (Gen 5-6:3)
1Pe_3:15-16 where we are told But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
In the last message we had discussed how we had passed into a new section of the book of Genesis which, told us that this is the book of the Generations of Adam, and how from this point on we are specifically told that this line of descent we have read which excluded Cain’s children on account of the excommunicated nature of Cain’s punishment, being marked for paralyzed justice. We see a list of Genealogy which then starts with AdaM as a living soul generated to have dominion or governance in the likeness of YHWH GOD and to till and tend Paradise with the Head son of that Creation as their representative Head or captain. It is then as we have after Adam’s Fall started to focus on the direct line of Father Adam, the first descendant of our Lord Jesus Christ was the seed of the woman promised to come and crush the head of Sin, this is the revelation of scripture in it’s overarching narrative. By looking at this first descendant of our Lord Christ according to the flesh it is evident that he and his all ADaM kind were in the flesh made in the image and likeness of God as specifically said in Gen_1:26 …Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… This statement is made concerning ADaM as a specific kind of Living creature or living soul, this is able to be ascertained because in looking at the next phrase it says ‘and let them have dominion’, and in the Greek LXX and in the Hebrew there is a reason for the use of the word ‘them’ though the focus is upon one ‘anthrowpon’ which is singular in its spelling, similarly as we in English and many other languages do the same as represented here in the KJV and in a majority of, if not all, other translations; In other words we read ‘let us make man’ not ‘men’, though the reading would carry the same understanding.
In this creation God makes and sets his focus upon Father Adam in the book of his generations, God making him in His own Image and his own likeness, it is for this reason Luke says in representing the same genealogy, in: Luk_3:38 …Seth, which was of Adam, which was of God, or the KJV adds ‘the son of God’, which by seeing that all the natural generations which occure prior of fathers begetting sons, the KJV does not injustice to the exact meaning.
And so concerning this same genealogy Gen_5:3 says, And Adam lived… and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.
And so the incredibly important thing to mention is that in the fall from Eden, When Adam man lost their faith in the commandment of YHWH GOD, when they first trusted themselves more than God’s Word as spoken to them, in the very first relayed command of scripture concerning the not partaking fruit of the knowledge of Good and Evil, a particular knowledge that was forbidden to them by God’s law; Adam was made upright, but he fell when he sought out many inventions. In fact it is deducable to understand the operation of the fall as first seen in ‘reversal of the law of headship’ as found in the term first given to the female given a `helpmate’ of the male, it was and is this ignorance which led to the transgression; a degeneration of the family structure which first cut off access to the tree of lives which was according to the biblical testimony, the ordained source of life forever! This lack of faith in `the order of helpmate’ was the strength of sin by which Satan, the devil, the old serpent was sent to test and in that orders failure the arousal hidden knowledge was exposed their by leading to the denegation of implanted natural Faith which established God’s law in the inward parts of Adam, here is where the strength of sin starts, which proceeds to the sting of death. This it is no different today, it has been the trial of the family order as found in not headship alone, but more importantly in the help of the helpmate, and it is the sad reality of this struggle that ADaM men are made informed of as Gen_3:16 says Unto the woman … I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy submission
shall be to thy husband, and he shall be lord over thee. (LXX)
And so the president is set: not only in the Headship found in the male as first formed with his wife made bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh but by force of Law here read by the mouth of GOD that this is the case of ADaM’s destined struggle.
We also saw this same language at the time of the first fruit offering of Cain and Abel, this language was repeated to Cain, that if he were to divide rightly he would be lord or ruler over the family as it’s patriarchal leader even over Abel, but that didn’t happen.
Also, Remembering Gen_3:22-23 where YHWH says …Behold, Adam is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of lives, and eat, and live forever. Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden
We know that is was the eating of the tree of lives which caused Adam to live as flesh upon earth forever, in the upright state it was his right to access life forever, this is important to retain in our epistemology, because often the non-exegetical hadeler of the word of truth imports the idea that Adam was made to live forever, as if it were part of his likeness and image in being a son of GOD, but this is not able to be attained from the text, rather even in the prophecy we have of the kingdom after the resurrection of the dead before the judgment seat Rev_22:14 says concerning this same tree, Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life… This is a glimps as what was lost according to John the apostle.
But with Adam now becoming like YHWH to know the knowledge of Good and Evil and that added to their genonen or that is their `being’, in generation as part of the child bearing process Adam’s Children are in a state of degeneration in what he brings forth.
In starting Genesis 6 today, all this must be remembered as best we can, Yea, it must be remembered as we consider the redemptive purchase of Jesus Christ as the first born among many brethren, yet in the begining we see Adam the Head of his many brethren as the first to die. Another reason to assert the pattern seen in poly-homo-genesis that is `many of the same origin’ were made subject to the fall and the world with them by the transgression of one man’s offence in the man named Adam; so we find the redemption in kind through Christ, as Paul says in Rom_5:19: For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
And so I bring this up again to aid in an understanding further carried into scripture in Christ, that in the pattern revealed Christ is the first of many (poly) brethren, not the one –mono father of many son’s, rather the Apostles doctrine teach Father as head of the son, the father is the ancient of days in the throne room of the godhead in the heavens who approves the son. (this is extra to help put to silence the naysayers).
Thus, it is within this state of fall we read of the birth of Cain and Abel, by which YHWH God reveals the pattern of Righteousness by Faith Alone after the fall, Trust unto love, and love unto obedience, Faith which is the threshold dividing sin from acceptance, the scale which estimates that which is wrot in Belief as more excellent, Faith which works by love, charity from a pure heart which Trusts that YHWH is and is the rewarded of those who diligently seek him.
So why recap all of this before reading this next section?
Because, this degeneration is the cause of all the problems in the world so soon after creation. And Noah, the last son we read of from Genesis 5, this linear descendant of his Father Adam and his mother Eve. Noah is the new focus for us as faithful with hope to be reckoned as righteous in finding Grace in the eyes of YHWH amidst the problems in the earth.
Gen_6:1-2 And it came to pass, when the ADaM men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
Notice the two groups listed, the Adam men, in the Greek this is anthrowpoi a plural , men and in the Hebrew it is Eh-ADaM, the ADaM, so I combined them for the reading (I will stop mentioning this so heavily after this chapter). These men of ADaM, which may or may not be related as a linearly descendants of Seth, in other words they could have been descendants of the general race of ADaM men, regardless, it is those who are more so being called after the name of what they are as flesh, ADaM or men, and they had daughters.(first group)
And then the 2nd classification are called ‘the sons of God’ in the English, in the Hebrew is say ‘BeNI eH-ALeHIM’ which literally translates to ‘sons of the God’, now the definite article of ‘ה/Eh’ meaning ‘the’ is prefixed to the word ALeHIM (god(s), lit. meaning ‘the god’.
If we read the text in Hebrew: This term ‘the god’ was just prior used for the first time in the 5th chapter in speaking of Enoch, when we are told that he ‘Walked with God which lit. reads that he “walked ( The God/ eH-ALeHIM”(Gen_5:24). So in referencing this exact spelling in the Hebrew in the text is here being referenced not in referring this to the ‘sons of ALeHIM’ here in Ch.6, I believe it is accurate to define this term we are reading ‘the sons of the god’ to those who walk with the God of Seth as Enoch. Just to make the point, the LXX and in the NT scriptures concerning use the Greek equivalent found in the LXX here as referring to YHWH GOD (the God Seth and Enos called on) or that is named as YHWH The GOD / YHWH eH-ALeHIM, the only God.
So, what I believe is the meaning of ‘the sons of God’ is that hich is normal to the entire biblical testimony as a whole, ‘those who walk with the True God’.
Now to Walk with God is all through the Law and the prophets a good thing, and this phrase seemingly referes back to an activity YHWH and Adam did together, in
Gen_3:8-9 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
So we see normally adam having God walk among them or with them, and this is part of what we will be told concerning Noah in a few verses:
Gen 6:9 …Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
we are told this of God’s desire for Abram one of Noah’s great sons to come, in
Gen_17:1, when he says, …I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
and all thought the Law God written in the books of Moses, we see this walk as YHWH GOD’s desire to be returned as is spoken of through out Leviticus 26, and summarized as: Lev_26:3-12 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them… I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
and best summarized as the spirit and nature of this walk in the greatest commandment of loving YHWH as contained in:
Deu_10:12-13 And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good…
I find it as well important to consider the family nature of the love of YHWH as seen in what follows the exact verse our Lord calls the greatest commandment in
Deu 6:6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
Deu 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.
To teach them by mouth in the house and walking out of the house, sleeping or waking, we pass this walk on, that is by walking in the LORD’s ways we Walk with YHWH.
So when Enoch is said to have ‘Walked with the God’, Heb 11:5 tells us again that it was By faith that Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. (please do not forget the meaning of ‘testimony’, and the lack of it being sin). And so again we see a Faith walk as one of obedience to the God. (the translation is not the testimony, but his walk prior to it says the text)
The Son’s of the God who are of the line of Adam, are perhaps through Enoch or not, regardless these are men who as well called upon the name of YHWH, and they were men of Faith who walked with him, they were as the Apostle John tells us in a description of this: Joh_1:12-14 when he says: But as many as received the WORD, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe (have Faith) on his name:
Now this is an important part of scripture as the him is in reference to ‘the word of God’ who was the only begotten son Jesus Christ, yet in this sense, and the form which it is spoken it is not direct as to a future event only, but as an infinitive event, he gave them power, past, present and future:
Joh_1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And so here is the point simply, those of Christ’s own who receive him, that is the WORD of God, just as all the examples I have given (and more) show, those have the power to become and to be ‘the sons of God’, are not born of the of the physical desire or blood, of the will of flesh, of the will of man, but of GOD, they are the son’s of God, they are from Adam’s own which is Christ’s own, but the will which works is of GOD Alone.
(I always shake my head when I hear a preacher, especially an intelligent one who want everyone to fit into this verse, they say this is about ethnic or physical make up, but that was settled in the phrase ‘his own’ physical make up we are speaking of, this is in its language entirely dealing with whose will can bring forth a son of God, and the answer is GOD, obviously. I find it even more head shaking when the same preacher holds a Unitarian doctrine concerning the God head until they reads the phrase ‘his own’ and does not import the impersonal word ‘it’, as they do prior, here because that shatters the universalist spin as Adam-Israel his brethren are those who were ‘his own’ as a person because then it renders ‘it’s own’ in reference to the Word nonsensical in context.)
Those who have, received the Word of God which is the pre-manifest Christ which became flesh are able to harmonize easily with those references from the Law which taught Israel how to walk with God, making it a holistic and unifying desire of the will of GOD, and then we see how one is a son of God by that joint understanding in faith, and what option is more of the will of God? It is not the Elect who are called by the will of God from his own?
So what is happening here in Gen_6:1-2, when the ‘Sons of the God’ YHWH took them wives of all which they chose?
While many speculate as to this being a reference to angelic beings, and perhaps they were at times, men of God often are his messengers which is the meaning of ‘angel’. But from the evidence within the texts listed out a less speculative answer exists as to what is happening here, and it is directly in line with what has prior happened and we have focused on, it is a break down, a degeneration of the family structure as one Godly body… again. In the ‘Faithful’ sons of God indiscriminately taking wives from the ‘faithless’ an unequal yoking has taken place. ‘Sons of God’ should always marry Daughters of God, or convert Daughters of Adam men, but that isn’t mentioned to have happened, yet that is always the calling of the sons of God in the fallen world.
This is where the seperation of the seed which remains is present in one generation but by improper marriage, the seed degrades because mother and father do not walk with their children in the ways of YHWH, that is according to his word, both recieving the word trouble is comming. The trouble is best discribed in the next verse:
Gen_6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with ADaM men, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Notice as YHWH calls record of this degeneration in ADaM, that it is the Spirit, the RUCh will not over take or stay with them, remember the Spirit is that which inspiers the Word of God and that which creates by wisdom and knowledge thus far, this spirit is resident in the sons of God who recieve His Word, but it like Cain and his progeny those who will not walk with The God by his Word in Trusting Faith will not retain the Spirit of God, the seed will not remain in them, and so when that seed degenerates violence against brothers will occure. So what we are reading of is a loss of YHWH’s Spirit on account of bad help mates, bad marriages, bad families, this is because the flesh which ADaM is made of is at emnity against the spirit, it can not be subject to the law of God entierly, Yet by Faith, as with Abel, Seth, Enoch and now Noah this thing is only possible. Thus, YHWH determines 120 years for repentance till destruction of all flesh.