Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life
- Jul 13, 2012
It depends on how one understands “sons of God”. I believe both you and I are “sons of God”. But I do not believe in the same manner as Genesis 6.
The Jews do not interpret verse 2 as sons of. God.
Rashi gives two rationale for this verse.
1. These are of Princes and the Judges.
2. Princes which go as messengers for God, and represent God.
I especially like the reference to Moses. We understand Moses was a man and a great Prophet. However, many saw Moses as a God and God tells Moses this.
Exodus 4:16 NET
16 He[au] will speak for you to the people, and it will be as if[av] he[aw] were your mouth[ax] and as if you were his God.[ay] 17 You will also take in your hand this staff, with which you will do the signs.”[az]
Here is a translation of Genesis 4:2 with commentary from Rashi.
That the sons of the nobles saw the daughters of man when they were beautifying themselves, and they took for themselves wives from whomever they chose. בוַיִּרְא֤וּ בְנֵי־הָֽאֱלֹהִים֙ אֶת־בְּנ֣וֹת הָֽאָדָ֔ם כִּ֥י טֹבֹ֖ת הֵ֑נָּה וַיִּקְח֤וּ לָהֶם֙ נָשִׁ֔ים מִכֹּ֖ל אֲשֶׁ֥ר בָּחָֽרוּ: the sons of the nobles: Heb. בְּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים, the sons of the princes (Targumim) and the judges (Gen. Rabbah 26:5). Another explanation: בְּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים are the princes who go as messengers of the Omnipresent. They too mingled with them (Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer, ch. 22). Every אֱלֹהִים in Scripture is an expression of authority, and the following proves it (Exod. 4:16): “And you shall be to him as a lord (לֵאלֹהִים)”; (ibid. 7:1): “See, I have made you a lord (אֶלֹהִים).”
Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I appreciate your diligent study concerning this dreadful subject.
My only question still remains.
How did these sons of God, if they were in fact human, survive the flood to continue producing Nephilim giants, afterward?