There is one principle in this chapter, but at least two translation interpretations. It all depends upon how the words in verse 2 are translated… “sons of God”. Some translators interpret the Hebrew as “angels” while others interpret it to be “men who follow God”.
If it is interpreted as “men who follow God”, then we find here that men who were following God saw beautiful sensual daughters of men who were worldly and not following God. Because they were beautiful, these godly men married these unbelieving women anyway. The result was children who followed the ways of their mother…away from God. We often see this consistent warning in God’s Word. He instructed the Israelites to NOT intermarry with foreigners and become involved in idol worship. Paul warns in the New Testament to NOT be yoked with unbelievers. It is dangerous and can multiply corruption. It is better for righteousness to walk with righteousness.
Yet, the lust for beautiful women led righteous men away from God….and into their world. Verse 3 explains that God began to limit His striving with man to only a life of 120 years. Verse 4 tells us about “giants”. While these may actually have been very large men…the way Goliath….was described, the words translated “giants” actually meant “violent ones who make men fall”. This would be a very good description of the men on earth who did not follow God, but rather followed evil. They would become strong in themselves, violent in evil, and wicked in bringing others down so that they could lift themselves up. Yet, these men were admired by the world as mighty and famous!
In verse 6, we see that God’s heart is heavily burdened and grieved that He made man in the earth. Wickedness was so great that He needed to do something about it to clean things up.
God goes on to find a righteous man who fellowships with Him named Noah. He uses Noah and his family to re-create and re-start the earth and the good life in it. God makes covenant with Noah. God gives precise instructions to Noah. Noah obeys.
We can see in foreshadowing of Jesus in the life of Noah. Noah lives in a wicked generation, yet He follows God the Father….He walks with God the Father. Noah is righteous. Noah is obedient to preserve life and overcome death. Noah follows instructions precisely. Noah perseveres through persecution. Noah brings His family on the ark. Noah saves His family. Noah stores up provision for his family and all living things on earth. God creates a new heaven and a new earth through the flood, cleaning up all corruption and evil….while Noah and His ark ride above the storm. These are but a few of the foreshadows of Jesus as demonstrated in Noah’s life.
One more comment on the possible translation of “sons of God” in verse 2. Some translators believe the correct interpretation is “angels”. If that were to be true, then it means angels coming down to take beautiful human wives and producing human/angel half-breed giants! Sounds crazy!
But, if you determine to research this for yourself….this claim aligns with The Book of Enoch. If you recall, Enoch was Noah’s great grandfather as the one who walked with God so closely that he was caught up to heaven, never tasting death. Enoch is also mentioned in Hebrews 11:5 and quoted in Jude 1:14. So, the disciples recognized Enoch and respected his writings. The Book of Enoch is still available online if you ever decide to read it. It was not included in our Bible when the medieval Roman Catholic Church determined which books should be included. It has great discussion about the fallen angels who God originally intended to be watchers over people to help them. Some pretty amazing stuff that may make “Ancient Aliens”, Nephilim giants, demons, mythological gods in every country, satan, and UFOs more real than ever. After all, whatever and whoever is not of this earth, but rather of another dimension, would be considered “alien”. So, God is also “alien” and lives in an “alien” dimension. I will leave you to investigate that on your own.
Either way, the earth was corrupted and extremely wicked/twisted….not seeking God and His righteousness (right being and right doing). Here is the shocker….
Luke 17:26, “And just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the time of the second coming of the Son of Man.”
So, what was it like in Noah’s day?
Genesis 6: 5, “ The Lord saw that the wickedness (depravity) of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination or intent of the thoughts of his heart were only evil continually.”
Genesis 6:11-12, “The population of the earth was corrupt (absolutely depraved—spiritually and morally putrid) in God’s sight, and the land was filled with violence (desecration, infringement, outrage, assault, and lust for power). God looked on the earth and saw how debased and degenerate it was, for all humanity had corrupted their way on the earth and lost their true direction.”
Are we at the point where God needs to once again cleanse the earth? He promised it would not be by a flood again, but rather purification by fire. Are we prepared? Do we know how to prepare? Where would we find instructions on how to prepare our ark?