Genesis 6 – Sons of God & Daughters of Men

*These notes come from Bob Deffinbaugh’s study on Genesis 6 at

Three views exist on the interpretation of Genesis 6:

View 1 – Merging of Ungodly Canaanite with Godly Sethites – (sons of Seth and daughters of Cain) The Nephilim were the product of such union.

View 2 – Despot Interpretation – People in ancient times were considered to be sons of gods (kings were the son of Re). The old testament Hebrew word for god is used for men in positions of authority, marking sons of god as the nobles, aristocrats, and kings.

View 3 – Fallen Angel Interpretation  – 1/2 human and 1/2 angel creation from union

Does God change his mind? It almost appears that God thought man was an error

There are passages that show 1) God is immutable, unchanging in His person/perfections/purposes/promises,, but there are also  2) passages that exist where He appears to change his mind

When God appears to change His mind, several considerations apply
– His purpose did not change, although it appeared He changed His mind
– When judgment or blessing is promised, there may be an implied or stated condition
– The program may change, but the purpose does not
– His will does not change, but emotions do

The Meaning Behind Genesis 6

Meaning of this passage for ancient Israel
– explanation for the flood
– illustrate word of God to the serpent, Adam, and Eve/accuracy of God’s word
– underscored importance of maintaining racial and spiritual purity, so as to preserve God’s line

Meaning for Christians today
– Satan works through those who pretend to be religious in order to distort the purpose, process, and promise of salvation

*Link to study on the rest of the chapters in Genesis


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