Giants in the Bible??
We are going through a series called “When God Doesn’t Make Sense” at Ignite, and we are talking about some of the mysterious things of scripture. One of the things that we talked about in this series is this concept that perhaps there was a pre-Adam Earth. For some context please click here to watch the sermon. We were talking about Lucifer and the fact that he seemed to have some sort of governmental hierarchy and ruled over some sort of people group. Whether that would be angelic people, or whether that was humans we don’t know. The timing of this doesn’t seem to naturally fall in line with the story of Adam and Eve where he is already, obviously, fallen out of Heaven. Whatever you believe about that, I’ve opened this door of mystery for many of you, so I wanted to continue picking and prodding at that door a little bit.
My goal is to get you in the scriptures, to get you looking at the Old Testament, looking at your Bibles, asking questions, and being satisfied not getting sure answers because there aren’t sure answers. Today we are looking at Genesis chapter 6. This is another kind of mysterious mention of the Old Testament, and it ties in with the fact that these angelic beings perhaps are more similar to us than we sometimes think.
It says, “When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.’ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.”
It stops there.
If you continue reading it immediately jumps to the story of Noah and God redeeming, reclaiming the Earth after a period of great wickedness. We just have these couple of verses where this extremely crazy, powerful, spiritual, physical I dare say even sexual phenomenon has occurred and then it just leaves it. It totally leaves you hanging and moves onto the story of Noah. There is a lot of mystery about this. There is a lot of speculation about this.
If you were an alien that was just reading this for the first time with no preconceived notions and no one telling you what it was, it sounds like there is this separate race of beings called the sons of God. These beings see the daughters of man, which are humans, and they find them beautiful. They have a relationship with them, and children are born out of this. And these children were entirely separate class of being. Half son of God, half son of man. And many theologians think that this describes how someone like Goliath could be. He was apparently a 13 foot man with full physical capabilities. There is a disease in modern man that can cause you to grown uncontrollably. But people who have this disease usually live very short lives, have very terrible physical ability and coordination because the muscle growth cannot keep up with bone growth. Apparently this guy Goliath is different than that case. He was the greatest warrior of the Philistines. He was this huge giant but was agile, and strong.
There also seems to be a couple of other references to beings like this as well. Moses and the Israelites fight against a guy similar. He has a thirteen foot bed made out of a steel and a bear’s weight. Whatever you may believe about these beings, they are in scripture. Sometimes it is hard to come to conclusions about things in scripture, but I believe that God put it there for a reason.
So I want to throw this out to you, what do you think about this? You can comment on the blog of course. I don’t have the answers to this. Do I believe that there is a possibility that angels had a sexual relationship with women. Based on this scripture, I believe that it’s a possibility. I don’t believe that it was something that occurred past the Old Testament. We don’t hear of anything like that in modern times nor in the New Testament. We see demonic spirits possessing people, but not having any type of a relationship with them. It’s kind of crazy, but it does again kind of connect to this concept that when we think of the angels, we need to understand that they are vastly different than us but in some ways they are very, very similar to us. Filled with their own will and their own wants. That is how the demons could rebel. As we kind of consider this, I think that it offers a lot more insight into the fact that God, He could make beings any way He wants. And even though we are His choice, prize possession and the Bible is clear about that. That’s who we are. We are probably not the first intelligent beings He created because the angelic host somehow has been there long before us.
Anyway, take time, look, study, search, seek, prepare to be stumped, confused, awed at the majesty, and power of our God. He is bigger than we can even conceive of. He does things that we could never quantify, and that’s good because He loves us, and knows us by name.
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