The text for Sunday’s sermon was Genesis 6:1-8:
The “sons of God” and the “Nephilim” are intriguing mentions in this passage.
There is very little that is actually known about either of the two.
SONS OF GOD The literal rendering of a phrase that refers to a class of beings in some relationship to God. Its meaning and translation vary according to context.
Kimmitt, Francis. “Sons of God.” Ed. Chad Brand et al. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary 2003 : 1519. Print.
Nephilim—(Gen. 6:4; Num. 13:33, R.V.), giants, the Hebrew word left untranslated by the Revisers, the name of one of the Canaanitish tribes. The Revisers have, however, translated the Hebrew gibborim, in Gen. 6:4, “mighty men.”
Easton, M. G. Easton’s Bible dictionary 1893 : n. pag. Print.
There are several theories about what these two groups of people were. However, there is not a definitive answer. This is one of the mysteries that are held in the pages of The Bible.
As a disciple of Jesus, I encourage you to read the text and this question, “What is the purpose of this text?” If the purpose of Genesis 6:1-8 was to answer the question of who the “sons of God” or the “Nephilim” were the answer would be presented.
There are many interesting subjects we find in Scripture. There is no harm in asking questions, searching for answers, seeking understanding. However, if we forget that the purpose of The Bible is to reveal God and God’s will for man. Man’s purpose for life and the way we may be in relationship with God through peace, we have been distracted from the purpose of Scripture. Our knowledge of Scripture is in vain if we are not coming to its pages to know God, the separation between the Creator and the created and his message of peace revealed through history.