“Surround yourself with successful people.” “Pick the winners” “If you sleep with dogs you wake up with fleas” These are all expressions we’ve heard intended to emphasize the importance of realizing the influence others can have on us. It is a lesson that the first people didn’t learn.
While the city of Cain grew in the East, back in Adamville, the good guys began to learn the ways of the Lord.
John 1:12- But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
The early believers called upon the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26). From Genesis 5: They were blessed with a line of long-lived patriarchs that were so righteous, that one of them- Enoch- was the first member of a very exclusive club: the “taken up” crew. Moses and Elijah were amongst others that are mentioned to have transitioned in this way. This line of the sons of God is traced from Adam to Noah in Genesis 5, by the names of the heirs of each generation.
Romans 8:14- For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
As we know from the Biblical story, with the sons of God, things were about to go all wrong, and it all had to do with a woman. Women, to be more specific.
Philippians 2:15- That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
From Genesis 6- We are not told how it happens, but the godly from Adamville- the males specifically- discover the ungodly women from Cain City, and they like what they see.
It could have been a chance encounter between a well-intentioned young Adam man and a young lady from Cain in distress.
Maybe some mischievous lads snuck off to the forbidden city and found themselves in Lamech’s Gentlemen’s Club.
As people spread across the Earth, there were probably regular encounters, and like every other period of time in our history, people probably just started ignoring their elders and beliefs. “Stay away from them heathen Cain women sonny!”
However it happened, the believers began marrying the unbelievers and having kids. And we know that these offspring did not become children of God, but followers of men.
(I know there is a narrative that is very different and very popular regarding fallen angels, Watchers, and Nephilim- I will address this later.)
For an illustration of what happens when sons of God marry daughters of men, consider the fate of the wisest man who ever lived- King Solomon:
1 Kings 11:1-9 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:
2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.
7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
9 And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
People remember the great ‘split the child judgement’, but most people don’t remember that because of the influence of his unbelieving wives, King Solomon had a most unwise ending.
If you worship strange gods, you believe strange things. You end up in a strange place. And that is what happened to the sons of God.
We previously learned at the end of Chapter 5 that there was also a good Lamech, a patriarch. He had a son and he prophesied this child would ensure that the works of the righteous would not be in vain; and in his time would the curse on the ground be ended. (5:29).
Into this deteriorating world was born Noah. Noah “found grace in the eyes of the Lord. He was a just man, and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (6:8-9).
1 John 3:1- Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1 John 3:2- Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Next Sunday: Nephilim, Inc.