Genesis 6:1-3 ESV
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.”
There has been some wild speculation about who the sons of God and the daughters of man are in this passage. I tend to agree with Wesley’s interpretation, which was not that the sons of God were fallen angels.
The sons of God were the descendants of Seth, and the daughters of man were the descendants of Cain. In order to slow down the spread of sin through the godless secular descendants of Cain, God began to shorten the lifespan of humans.
Genesis 6:4 ESV
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.
The children of the descendants of Seth and Cain were mighty giants. These were the mighty men of old, and men of renown. Perhaps these men were heroes that inspired later legends and mythological figures like Hercules and Beowulf. However, in light of what happened next, perhaps these men were evil tyrants.
Genesis 6:5-8 ESV
The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
The secular ways of the daughters of men corrupted the sons of God. The human race at that time became so wicked that God was sorry He had ever created them. He decided they must be destroyed.
But not everyone. Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Jesus said history would repeat itself, man would become excessively wicked, and God would have to destroy the Earth again. For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left (Matthew 24:37-41, ESV).
The time is short.
Christians! We must warn the unbeliever of the coming judgment, just as Noah did.
Non-Christians! Do not be fooled. God is real, and one day He will judge the world. It is eternally important for you to make your lives right with God. Today is the day of salvation, and none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Do not wait. Make your life right with God NOW!
There is one way to make things right with God: Repent of your sins (that means turning from sin, not just saying you are sorry) and believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation.
When He comes, one will be taken and one left. The bulk of mankind was justly punished for sin in Noah’s time, but Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Most men were taken by the flood, but Noah and his family were left.
Find favor with God through faith in Jesus Christ, His Son.