In our discipleship time we have been studying Genesis. I used to teach this class (discipleship, not Genesis), but gave it up as it became too much to prepare any given week. So today, after our morning service was over, our current teacher came to me and asked if I would be willing to lead the discussion in tonight’s study. I said “Sure.” We have not been studying Genesis verse by verse, but have followed the narrative sequentially and discussed certain accounts (i.e. the Fall, Cain and Abel, etc). So, as the post title indicates, tonight’s passage (actually, now, it would be last night’s passage) was Genesis 6, and I was asked to lead discussion of the ever-difficult Genesis 6:1-4–the sons of God and daughters of men.
Certainly not one to shy away from teaching opportunities, I grabbed the few helpful resources I had and plodded away on the laptop to throw together a quick discussion. Basically I presented the three primary interpretations of these verses and discussed them for about 30 minutes. I made clear from the beginning that I am undecided which interpretation I believe to be the right one, and was open to whichever one made the most sense in its context and whose evidence was most compelling. We had a good discussion and I am still undecided.
In case you’re curious and don’t want to drag out your favorite Genesis commentary, the three primary interpretations we discussed were:
- The sons of God were angels.
- The sons of God were members of Seth’s line.
- The sons of God were tyrants, perhaps demon-possessed.
There is also the question of the identity of the Nephilim.
Αυτω η δοξα,