The plan is simple.
- Read through the book of Genesis, ONE CHAPTER A DAY.
- Restate 5 things you learned (that you previously didn't know).
- Ask 5 questions about the chapter that you'll ponder all week.
- As the Holy Spirit gives you wisdom and insight, ACT ON IT.
Insight 1: In Genesis 5:4, Adam had other sons and daughters aside of Cain and Seth; therefore it is the descendants of these children in whom evil has now reached its peak (human depravity mixed in with demonic influence which started with Cain – Genesis 4:7).
Insight 2: Generally I would list out 5 insights, but this commentary from theologian, R.C Sproul pretty much sums up all I was searching for in the text (as it pertains to the sons of God and daughters of men verses):
“In previous chapters we are given a glimpse of two competing lines, the godly line of Seth and the wicked line of Cain. Having established the antithesis in the garden, after affirming that there would be a constant struggle between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent we are given snapshot pictures of each of these armies. We see Seth’s line about the business of exercising dominion, in submission to the Lord. We see Cain’s line dishonoring the law of God and making names for themselves. But the future is not mere co-existence between the two lines. The drama builds toward the great crisis of Noah’s flood right here in chapter 6. The great change, what creates the great downward spiral of humanity on the earth is that the two lines come together as one. That is, the godly line of Seth, the sons of God, seeing how attractive are the daughters of men, the wicked line of Cain, decide to take them as wives. The end result, however, isn’t mere dilution. It’s not that the now joined line becomes morally lukewarm, but that evil spreads, grows, deepens. This shouldn’t surprise as for as Chuck Swindoll reminds us, if you drop a white glove in the mud, the mud doesn’t get all glovey.
What we see is salt losing its savor. We see what becomes of intermarrying not with a different race, but a different covenant, or a different faith. What we see is what happens when we are unequally yoked. Nothing, of course, has changed. When the children of God find the world attractive, when we determine to yoke ourselves to it, calamity comes.”
Question 1: What exactly was the great wickedness of man and evil intentions of his thoughts and heart (verse 5-8) that caused God’s judgment to be visited on earth?
Question 2: What was it about Noah that attracted God’s favor? When it says “Noah was righteous and blameless in his generation” (verse 9), does this simply mean he did not go with the flow of the culture?
Question 3: If people began to call on the name of the Lord in Genesis 4:26, then how come it is has become so bad that by the time we get to chapter 6, only Noah is considered righteous? Shouldn't there be more righteous people on earth at this point? (Human depravity: It is in man's nature to go downhill from God)
Question 4: If the "sons of God" (v.2) were mere men (and not demonic beings), why contrast them with "daughters of man"? Why not just simply refer to them as “men”? In other words, there’s something unnatural/peculiar about the nature of these sons of God. Since angels/demons cannot procreate, perhaps these “sons of God” (Job 1:6) were demonically possessed men who intermingled with “daughters of man” and produced some sort of demon-man hybrid? Nephilim? (Pure speculation here).
Question 5: Verse 3 - "his days shall be 120 years". What is this referring to? Everyone after Noah lives for less time than those dramatically lengthy periods prior to Noah. Is that what verse 3 is suggesting? Or is this simply a reference to the length of the time before the actual flood will happen?
Question 6: If the 120-year statement in verse 3 is indeed referring to the length of time man will now be able to live, is that judgment an act of mercy, in that God no longer wants mankind to live lengthy periods so that they're not wallowing in sin any longer than 120 years?
Question 7: How did Noah manage to rally every species of animal two by two in the ark right before the flood? Verse 22 says, "Noah did this: he did all that God commanded him", meaning he actually went out and gathered all these different animals? How did God intervene in this process (cos there ain't no way on earth that would have been humanly possible. I tried it with a skunk once. That. did. not. end. well!)
Question 7: Who were the Nephilim? (Heroes of old? Giants? Angel-man hybrid?) Numbers 13:33