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Genesis 6 and the Sons of God

Genesis 6 and the Sons of God

‎Several views exist regarding the identity of the sons of God in Gen 6. These interpretations also affect how we should understand biblical references to supernatural beings including angels and foreign gods.

‎Sons of GodasDivine Beings
‎The sons of God may be divine beings (e.g., angels). If so, the sin in question was a transgression of the human realm by these heavenly beings. Their involvement with human women led to a widespread breakdown in morality and an increase in wickedness and corruption. The offspring of these unions, the nephilim (Gen 6:4), were considered quasi-divine and possessed unusual height (“giants”).

‎This was the dominant view among Jewish and Christian thinkers until after the fourth century ad, when Augustine championed an alternative (see below). It was also the exclusive view until the mid-second centuryad. …

Barry, John D., Michael S. Heiser, et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print.

Double Gate lintel and relieving arch

Double Gate lintel and relieving arch

Coin Commemorating Battle of Salamis

Coin Commemorating Battle of Salamis ‎As admiral serving his father King Antigonus I, Demetrius I of Macedon (reigned 294–288 B.C.) defeated Ptolemy I’s Egyptian navy at the Battle of Salamis in 306 B.C. This silver four-drachma coin was issued during his reign in Macedon. Nike, Greek goddess of victory, stands on a warship’s prow blowing a trumpet (obverse). A striding Poseidon, Greek sea god, poises his right arm to throw his trident (reverse). The Greek inscription says “[coin] of King Demetrius”; he credited Nike and Poseidon for his victory. ‎1 Chr 29:11, Ps 95:5, Isa 25:8, Matt 17:24–27, 1 Cor 15:54–57

Walk Properly Before Unbelievers

Walk Properly Before Unbelievers

There are good reasons for these exhortations. Such behavior does win the respect of non-Christians and so glorifies the Christian’s God. Love of this kind is appreciated by everyone. Paul placed importance on the testimony of Christians before outsiders, unbelievers. This kind of behavior also wins the respect of Christians; people appreciate those who do not take advantage of them. Paul discouraged the Thessalonians from expecting financial favors from the brethren simply because they were fellow Christians. Nor was he promoting a fierce spirit of independence; he was not saying that every Christian must become completely self-sufficient. He was advocating personal responsibility, as is clear from the context. This is a manifestation of mature Christian love for the brethren.

Constable, Thomas L. “1 Thessalonians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Bo…

Nahal Gerar from Ziklag

Nahal Gerar from Ziklag

Ancient Home Synagogue

Ancient Home Synagogue ‎The term “synagogue” refers generally to a Jewish assembly for prayer. During the first-century AD, the term referred primarily to buildings designed to house such assemblies. Jews living in Greek towns usually assembled for prayer in private homes—and if an assembly member was wealthy, the synagogue might have been held in a home like this one.

Bunyan’s Jug

Bunyan’s Jug
Bunyan’s Jug
In the midst of all his sufferings he murmurs not nor for a moment gives way to revenge; he leaves the persecutor in the hands of God. Stand off, Christian; pity the poor wretch that brings down upon himself the vengeance of God. Your pitiful arm must no strike him-no, stand by, ‘that God may have his full blow at him in his time. Wherefore he saith avenge not yourself-“Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord.” Give place, leave such an one to be handled by me.’
‘There are several degrees of suffering for righteousness-the scourge of the tongue, the ruin of an estate, the loss of liberty, a gaol, a gibbet, a stake, a dagger. Now answerable to these are the comforts of the Holy Ghost, prepared like to like, part proportioned to part, only the consolations are said to abound.’ The mind of Bunyan was imbued with these sentiments; baptized into them, and consequently elevated far above the fear of what man could do unto him. Yes, he knew the power of God. ‘Hecan make tho…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 2

  In whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord
Eph. 2:21
The life-tabernacle is a wondrous building; there is room for workers of all kinds in the uprearing of its mysterious and glorious walls. If we cannot do the greatest work, we may do the least. Our heaven will come out of the realization of the fact that it was God’s tabernacle we were building, and under God’s blessing that we were working.

Joseph Parker

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

February 2: The Problem with Power
Exodus 4–6; John 1:19–34; Song of Solomon 1:5–7

Grasping for power is one of the easiest sins to fall into. At first it looks like ambition, then it looks like success, and then it quickly becomes about your success and your power. This can be costly—not just to you, but to all the people you hurt in the process. If anything is done for the purpose of power, it’s not worth achieving. And don’t let the snazzy word “influence” fool you; it’s just a synonym for the same empty desire.

John the Baptist is an example of ambition; he is fueled by passion but constantly checked by God’s calling. He isfirm inhis words, confident in what he must do, but humble in his understanding of his relationship to God. He is not in it for himself, but for Jesus. When asked, “Who are you?” (a leading question, since many believed him to be the Messiah the people expected), he replied, “I am not the Christ!” (John 1:19–20). When further questioned, “Then who are you? Are yo…

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

February 2nd
The constraint of the call

Woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 1 Cor. 9:16.

Beware of stopping your ears to the call of God. Everyone who is saved is called to testify to the fact; but that is not the call to preach, it is merely an illustration in preaching. Paul is referring to the pangs produced in him by the constraint to preach the Gospel. Never apply what Paul says in this connection to souls coming in contact with God for salvation. There is nothing easier than getting saved because it is God’s sovereign work—‘Come unto Me and I will save you.’ Our Lord never lays down the conditions of discipleship as the conditions of salvation. We are condemned to salvation through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Discipleship has an option with it—“IF any man …”

Paul’s words have to do with being made a servant of Jesus Christ, and our permission is never asked as to what we will do or where we will go. God makes us broken bread and poured-out wine to please Himself. To be “…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

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         “Without the shedding of blood is no remission.”           — Hebrews 9:22
This is the voice of unalterable truth. In none of the Jewish ceremonies were sins, even typically, removed without blood-shedding. In no case, by no means can sin be pardoned without atonement. It is clear, then, that there is no hope for me out of Christ; for there is no other blood-shedding which is worth a thought as an atonement for sin. Am I, then, believing in him? Is the blood of his atonement truly applied to my soul? All men are on a level as to their need of him. If we be never so moral, generous, amiable, or patriotic, the rule will not be altered to make an exception for us. Sin will yield to nothing less potent than the blood of him whom God hath set forth as a propitiation. What a blessing that there is the one way of pardon! Why should we seek another?

Persons of merely formal religion cannot understand how we can rejoice that all our sins a…