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Summary: Dealing with the controversial passage in Geneses chapter 6 referring to the Sons of God and Daughters of men

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The Sons of God and the Daughters of Men

1/30/04

Introduction… Tonight’s message is going to be a little different… It is probably going to be like a mix between a Wednesday night Bible study and a Sunday night message..

This evening we are going to visit a very controversial passage of scripture in the Word of God..

I had asked you some time back to give me some specific questions that you have about the Bible. And in doing so, I knew that many of the most controversial items would come up… and most of the questions asked were of the nature of those items that do cause controversy among different religions, denominations, and even among believers of a like mind and doctrine…

Questions such as “Did Jesus turn water into actual fermented wine.. an alcoholic beverage?”

“Will we know each other in heaven?”

“Will the Church be ruptured before the great tribulation….”?

And understand that there are different views on this, many believe in pre tribulation rapture, many believe in mid tribulation rapture, and many believe in post tribulation rapture..

And there were more questions… but you get the idea.

These are some of the most difficult questions to answer … they are very controversial, and because of that, many teachers and many churches will not even address these questions today.

I have well over 40 volumes of commentaries on the Bible that scholars have produced… and I have many more on my computer… but these are some of those questions about those passages of scripture that many commentators and commentaries either skip all together, or they give their opinion without giving biblical reasoning behind those opinions…

But I want you to continue to ask these questions… because that is why we are here… you should never be afraid to ask questions about the Bible if you are asking with pure motives so that you may understand what Gods word says.

I have told you before that the Church has many functions… the first of which should be to introduce Lost souls to Christ..

But another one of the main functions of the Church is for us to study and understand Gods word..

2 Tim. 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Or, as the King James Version puts it..

2 Tim. 2:15

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Now, it may take time for me to answer these questions for you…

The passage we are dealing with this evening is in Genesis chapter 6 and we will be looking at verses 1-8.

I received a question about this passage a couple of months ago, and then it came up in our Sunday school class three weeks ago, and I told someone I would address this question soon.

Why does it take so long….

Well, I learned a lesson some years ago when I was in a Sunday Evening Bible study class and someone asked me to preach a sermon about the rapture… and there in front of everyone I said… I will do that next Sunday evening….

I did preach that message that next Sunday because I said that I would, but I did not do justice to Gods word… I was not as nearly prepared as I should have been because some things take more intense study than others…

So, continue to ask… and when I feel that I can give you an adequate view of Gods word.. we will look at these questions…

Now, this evenings scripture… Genesis chapter 6 starting in verse 1.

Read Genesis 6:1-8

And the question at hand… Just who are the sons of God and the daughters of men that are mentioned here in Gods word?

Now, there are three prominent views about this question…

And of course there are many variations off of these views and then there are even some ideas that are truly out of this world…

I want us to at least look at the most prominent views tonight, and I will give you my beliefs on this subject and I will show you from Gods word why I believe what I believe…

The first view I want us to look at tonight is called the Despot interpretation.

This theory ties in with some ancient near eastern patterns of writing in which people of noble birth were called gods…

This view points out the accurate fact that in the Old Testament one of the Hebrew words for God is Elohim…

And this word Elohim is also used at times in the Old Testament to describe Men of noble birth, or men of power or authority…

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