Genesis 6:1-4: Living under a cloud.
“When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with humans for ever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.’ 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days – and also afterwards – when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” NIV
There are question marks over part of this passage. We are not sure if ‘’the sons of God’’ were fallen angels who had intercourse with earthly women, and produced a race of super heroes. Or, were they members of Seth’s line marrying women from Cain’s line? In other words, is it a reference to being unequally yoked? Frankly, the jury is out. We just don’t know for sure.
But what we can clearly say from today’s reading, is that we are witnessing a gradual shortening of human life-span. It is now to be ‘’no more than 120 years’’ (3). That still sounds a long time to us, but it is considerably reduced from the numbers we’ve become accustomed to seeing.
We are reminded that sin has brought death into the world, and sooner or later the grave awaits us all. Every cemetery we pass is witness to the power and presence of sin in the world. This is what it has brought us to. We now all live under this cloud. It strikes me that each cemetery is a kind of large garden; and since sin came into the garden, death has also entered with it – just as God said it would.
‘’…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment’’ (Hebrews 9:27)