Posts Tagged ‘Genesis 6’

Oil, Water and Blood

June 3, 2010

Once again our Wednesday night Bible study has provided inspiration for my Thursday morning blog.

Once again it wasn’t my own words, or thoughts, that provoked this commentary.

We were discussing the story of Noah and the flood.  Actually, just the introductory verses in Genesis chapter six, were God had decided to pour out judgement against the evil that was in the world.  We were discussing the reality of judgement, and someone brought up the prophecy in Revelation about the coming judgement.  Specifically, Revelations 8:8&9 which reads :

“Then the second angel sounded: And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea, and a third of the sea became blood.  And a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”

He commented that the disaster in the Gulf is how this prophecy could be fulfilled.  It could be said that oil is the blood of an industrial society.  A series of off-shore earthquakes in the right places could create a means by which this judgement could unfold.

I am not saying that the current disaster in the Gulf is an act of judgement.  I am saying that perhaps we should read it as a warning.  It is a terrible tragedy and disaster of unforeseen proportions. Only time will tell truly how much damage has been done.  My heart goes out to the countless individuals whose lives will be forever changed.  I pray that God will help them stop the leak and clean up, but there is irrevocable damage that has been done.

We should learn something from this horrible catastrophe.

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Men, Angels, & Aliens

May 27, 2010

Our Wednesday night Bible study can be an interesting time of discussion.  Last night we were going over Genesis 6:1-4 which reads:

“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful: and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.  And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh: yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”  There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them.  Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.” (NKJ) 

I presented that there were two basic theories over the identity of  the “sons of God” and the “mighty men”.

One theory is that they are simply humans.  After all, Adam is called the “son of God”, so why shouldn’t his descendants be called the “sons of God”?  In this case the “mighty men” are  simply the race of men before the flood.  They had long life spans and so could rightly be called “mighty men”.

A second option is that “sons of God” refers to angels.  If this were the case, any children born would be half angel, half human.  This could result in humans with extraordinary powers; truly “mighty men”  It could even provide a historical basis for the existence of Greek mythology.  It was further pointed out that since these sexual unions were not condoned by God, that the angels were fallen angels, or demons.  That would explain the rampant evil of the time.

It was then suggested that perhaps the “sons of God” were aliens.  Since the Bible never says that there isn’t life anywhere else, it is not unbiblical to suggest the possibility of life on other planets. This too, would result in “mighty men”. 

It’s good to keep an open mind.

The point, of course, is that evil was rampant, and the judgement of God came upon the earth.  What is the correct interpretation of these verses?  I do not claim to know; but the reality of a worldwide judgement against evil is the final end.