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.” 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 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 regretted 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 favour in the eyes of the LORD.
Comment: This passage raises issues which doubters use to seek to belittle the story. Obviously the passage indicates that there were lots more people on the face of the earth, than have been named previously. The three groups mentioned – Nephilim, sons of God and daughters of men – are not explained. I could write a lot about that but there would be others seeking to give an alternative explanation. There are, however two things which the passage makes clear beyond any questioning or doubt. a) wickedness was abundant and horrible in God’s sight. b) God said ‘enough is enough’ and determined to deal with the problem. Noah whose history we have followed previously is, although not perfect, presented as the head of a small family who have basically chosen God’s way to live.
Prayer: Thank You that You in Your love have justice .Help me to remember that You are Holy,Holy, Holy!