auteur: Ingrid Wijngaarde
Who are the sons of God?
People say, the breed of sons of God and daughters of men, are giants? But that is not what it says.
It says, And it came to pass that men (humans) began to multiply on the ... earth ... and daughters were born to them.
The sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful .. and they took them wives, to their liking ... The nephilim (plural), from naphal = fall. Literal translation: The fallen were on the earth in those days and also after that. When the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bare (children)."
People say: humans were giants because they were hybrids of aliens, and they were evil because they were the offspring of fallen angels.
This is complete fantasy and reading in the text what is not there and not at all suggested. The text gives no reference to fallen angels - that is reading an interpretation into the Bible.
To understand Genesis 6, one must start reading in chapter 4. In Genesis 4 we are presented with the fallen generation in the descendants of Cain who went away from the face of the Lord, i.e., he made the choice not to serve God anymore.
And in the last verse of ch. 4, we are presented with the generation who called on the name of the Lord - the descendants of Seth, who are introduced to us in Genesis 5.
Chapter 4 presents to us the forerunners of violence; men, renowned for their accomplishments and esteemed.
Chapter 6:4 presents us with the men of those days and also after that? Before and After what? The flood. The time before the flood. And after the flood. In Genesis 6 the time is divided into before and after the Flood. Logical when you see the consequences of the Flood.
In Numbers 13:33 nephilim is simply translated with giants, and there it is simply understood to be people of great stature. These were also "fallen men" in the sense that they did not serve God. After all, the text in Genesis 6 says that there were giant people both before and after the flood.
Facts, both before and after the Flood, there were giants on the earth. Noah was also a giant and there is archaeological evidence that his wife must have been 3.70m. If the popular reasoning is correct, that nephilim were hybrids, then so were the Canaanites, the sons of Anak and the giants found in Afghanistan during the American war. And also Goliath and the giants David slaughtered? This explanation is not ...
(2) When people began to multiply on the earth, the sons of God (the descendants of Set, according to chapter 5) saw that the daughters of men (the descendants of Cain, according to chapter 4, the people who were unwilling to serve God) were beautiful and they took wives from among them to their hearts. (4) In those days men were giants, and also after (the flood). When the sons of God came to the daughters of men, they bore (children, who were of the same strong and great lineage), men of renown (famous and infamous).
The people of that time were large in stature and excelled in violence; from the context of Genesis 6 we also understand: they were thoroughly evil: truly fallen men. As wicked as Satan? No doubt, but not fallen angels. Fallen men. This is all it says and all that can be rationally extracted from this passage.
This is confirmed by the Bible itself. Read on...
Job 1:6 and 2:1
Sons of God came as representatives of their celestial territories. Satan came as the representative of the earth. The Bible indicates that there are other created worlds. Are there people there? We don't know. Created beings? Without doubt. If Adam had not fallen, he would have been the representative of the earth at this council.
Two separate groups: morning stars and sons of God. Angels and beings from the worlds. Lucifer is called the morning star. But also, is Jesus. One thing we can say for sure, sons of God are not angels in this text.
"... Adam, the son of God." Adam, a man serving God, is called a son of God in the genealogy of Christ. When the family of Seth began calling on the Lord (Gen 4:26), his offspring was known on earth as the sons of God.
All who are led by the Spirit are sons of God. And that Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are sons of God. These receive sonship by the Spirit, that they may call God Abba Father.
There is no reference to angels here.
Eagerly, with profound longing, the entire creation waits for the sons of God to be revealed. Meaning waiting for the time when it will become clear to all who really serves God and is led by His Spirit. After all, not even all who call themselves Christians are sons and children of God, only those who really serve Him.
So, who are the children of God?
Those who will rise from the dead to glory.
John 1:12; 11:52
Those who accept Christ. Those who do not accept Christ are creatures of God, but not His children.
Romans 8:16, 21
That Spirit who gives us the right to be sons of God testifies that we are children of God. Those children will come to glory
Sons of God and children of God are thus synonyms.
Not the children of the flesh, but the children of the promise are children of God. Those who trust in the promise - the ultimate promise of Christ.
Children of God are contrasted here with a degenerate generation (compare Genesis 6)
1 John 3:1,2
"Behold what manner of love" that God gives us the title and privilege to be called the sons of God!
1 John 3:10
Children of God versus children of the devil (compare Genesis 6: sons of God and daughters of men)
1 John 5:2
If we love God, we also love the other children of God.
Photo: In 1977, several phalanges were found near a grave in the vicinity of the remains of Noah's Ark in Turkey. That grave most likely belonged a woman, archaeologists say, Noah's wife, based on the engravings on a tombstone found at the site. The Turkish villagers call the site Naamah's Tomb. They believe that Noah's wife was called Naamah.
In the picture, the small thumb bone next to the thumb of the woman's hand belonged to a child. One knows this with certainty because the joint was not yet fully grown. The large phalanx belongs to an adult. The person of this thumb must have been 3.70m tall.
Source: Bible Truth Revealed, Kerensa Grigson, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9941997-4-4, p. 66.