Sons of God and Sons of Men

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Those who have children often wonder how two children in the same family can be so different? One child may be shy and retiring while their sibling is a social butterfly, glowing with delight when surrounded by others and always ready for a party.

When spiritual issues are at stake, parents often fret over their children. Wondering what they did wrong in raising their child when the child shows little interest in church or God, they beat themselves emotionally over their perceived failure.

Self recrimination is as old as Adam and Eve. The first couple was probably closer to understanding God than anyone since the fall save Jesus. Wouldn’t such a home have every advantage in raising children in the “nurture and admonition” of the Lord? After all, God spoke directly with Adam and Eve and also with their sons Cain and Abel. You would expect children raised that way to turn out perfect, following God and serving Him in everything.

But that is far from the truth. Although they had every advantage, one son served God faithfully, while the other, Cain, chose to go his own way. That path even included killing his younger brother, Abel. Abel was followed by another brother who was faithful, Seth. And with Seth and Cain were established two lineages: the sons of God, and the sons of men.

The differences between the two were based on a foundation of how they related to God. The descendants of Seth chose to accept God on His terms. They listened to what He had to say and ordered their lives according to His leading. The descendants of Cain, however, believed that God should accept them on their terms. Cain felt that if he was a farmer and offered vegetables, his offering should be accepted and God should not expect something different. After all, it was the state of his heart and not what he was offering that mattered, right? God certainly would not be picky enough to demand something he did not have.  It was fine for Abel to offer a sheep, he was a shepherd. That was appropriate, but it was also appropriate that he accept vegetables from someone who grew crops instead of tending sheep.

We find such an attitude even today with some. God should accept me as I am and not expect me to offer something different with my means, my time, or my life. After all, He called me as I was. Why not continue to accept me and my lifestyle as He found me? That seems only fair and loving.

But the Bible is clear on basing our relationship to God on our human reasoning. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12, NIV In the very beginning, God tried to warn Cain about this. He said that if we choose to go our own way instead of doing what is truly right then “sin is crouching” at the door. Sin leads only to death. (See Romans 6:23)

God warned Adam and Eve to avoid the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil because He knew it would bring death in its wake. He did not want to see the death of His lovely creation. But when they were offered a choice, the first couple chose to rely on their own discernment rather than what God had told them. In this initial digression from the righteous path, they sowed the seeds that would bring about the sons and daughters of men that began with Cain.

What is miraculous is that in spite of the influence of the great first transgression, some chose instead to “…call on the name of the Lord.” Genesis 4:26, NIV Ever since, God has had those who chose His way rather than their own. Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Joseph are examples. They chose to live as sons of God rather than as men with no greater vision than their own ideas and desires.

At times, those of the godly line were few in number. In Noah’s day it came down to only those of his family. All others perished.  The earth was overwhelmed with the flood of evil the sons of men had brought forth on the earth. God responded to that flood with a flood of his own. Water cleansed the earth for a new start. On an altar, Noah sealed the covenant that gave mankind a second chance once the flood waters receded. Still speaking with man directly, God honored that sacrifice with the rainbow, a symbol recognizing those who are willing to be led by God.

Through their lives, the sons and daughters of God are lights of God’s love shining in the world as a counterpoint to the lives of the sons and daughters of men. These latter live lives that proclaim they do not need God to lead them as they have minds of their own, and they are perfectly capable of making their own decisions about what is right and wrong. They have a methodology for determining what is reliable and what is not, and God does not enter into the process. They believe this methodology is universally applicable. Therefore, they are not pleased with the children of God who continue to live by a different standard. These saints demonstrate by their lives that there is another possibility than basing life solely on human intellect and what it is able to discern.

There is a light in the human heart that wants to believe that there is more to life than the logical dictates of intellect. That light is a burning ember of faith kept ablaze by the Holy Spirit. It is what sets the children of God apart. They are guided by that ember to seek something more than their human minds is able to provide. They are prompted to seek a relationship with their Creator. Some spend their whole life suppressing that fire, denying its voice speaking to their hearts. Others readily give themselves to this fire burning within (See Luke 24:32) and find peace and joy greater than anything they have ever known when their relationship to God is restored.

Jesus told us that those who felt the fire within would be very few before He comes again. The light would become as rare as it was in the days of Noah. (See Matthew 24:37-39) He said that if He did not intervene quickly the saints would all be lost. (See verse 22) But He assures us that a remnant will remain until He returns to bring everything to a close. The light in the hearts of His children will be the supreme act of faith and worship that will continue to burn to keep alive the lineage of the sons of God. As Cain killed Abel, the sons of men will try to extinguish that light by argument and artifice. But as long as we remember who we are, and we continue to recognize that we are children of our Creator and God that fire will continue.

I want that fire to live in me and never go out. I want the peace and joy that comes from a relationship with God. I want the joy of His voice speaking into every moment as I walk in His love as He reveals His heart, His loving character to me. I want the joy of having a wonderful relationship that will only grow closer and closer through the ages to come. Wouldn’t you like that, too?





Sons of God and Sons of Men — 16 Comments

  1. This was a very good reading, as it applies to my own life personally. My 2 children were raised in the same household, both were expose to christianity their entire life, one embraced the Lord and the other made a different choice. The Bible story of Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel have brought me much comfort because Adam and Eve had the most intimate relationship with God, and they chose to go their own way. The lesson reiterates the fact that we have a personal choice to make regarding who we will serve. Will we decide to become the sons and daughters of God, or the sons and daughters of man. This is the most important decision we will make in our life, as it will affect our eternal destiny. I like the scriptures and the picture. keep up the good work.

  2. What is unfortunate is that even amongst those who have decided to be Sons of God, there are some who act like sons of men. Why so many denominations? Why tares among the wheat?

    • Hi Lameck
      Just went through your comment and there's one thing that went on in my mind, you know as much as some have decided to be Sons of God, God gives a choice for each and everyone of us He ltes us decide what we want, so our decisions are the ones that lead us astray. According to the explanation given in Genesis 4 on the sacrifice God made it clear that sacrifices have to be made with animals not crops or anything.So this just goes back to the type of worship we choose for ourselves and no wonder many denominations

      • There are some who have decided to genuinely follow God (Sons of God) but because of the systems in which they find themselves in they are misled. These are the ones who will receive the mark of the beast on their foreheads. Your comment has brought something to my mind, even after being justified by Christ's merits, sanctification should go on if we are to be glorified. We ever need to be at Jesus' feet if our worship is to be acceptable.

    • name.

      To answer your question as to why tares among the wheat; remember for the harvest is to come the wheat and the tares have to grow together and when the Lord comes he will do the sifting. Even in the Church there are wheat and tares some of those tares will try to pull you to their side, but be strong and gain the victory over sin and when Christ comes you will be in his shadow forever. also, encourage those tares to seek the face of GOD. God commands us because he knows as human beings we are uncapable of doing those things on our own. Be blessed. SO many denominations came about before and after the flood (tower of babel) when man wanted to put their trust in idols and in a god that they carve and the same wood they use for fire to keep warm. How can we be so foolish. God reigns supreme and his glory and power is everlasting. When man dies God is still living.

      • "Tares pulling wheat", that's a great thought, we need to be strong and prayerful. The danger is when tares are more than than wheat and the deeds of the tares seem to be normal. We need to be ever at Jesus' feet if we are to distinguish fruits of wheat from those of tares.

  3. This post has an extremely important lesson for youth today. We live in a world that almost says "anything goes as long as your intentions are right." Our society rests on a post modernist ideology that believes truth is objective; however, this believe gets it's foundation in the mind of Cain when he believed that only his heart and intentions alone mattered, when in reality the fruits of his actions proved that his intentions were not fostered by his relationship with God. Our young people and old alike need to remember that we are a peculiar people. John 15:19 states, "The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you." We must return to God and be set a part and follow His ways and not our own.

  4. Hi Lameck,
    Just to add the discussion why tares among the wheat- when a fisherman goes out to sea and cast his net, a wide variety of fish is caught. When he brings his catch to land he goes through that catch and separates, he makes a choice what to sell, to use as bait or what goes back into the sea. This can be applied to the many denominations out there. God has given us a choice and when we do He respects that choice and does not force us to live His way. But that great day of separation is coming when His angels as the reapers will chose as God instructs them (Matt 13:36-42).
    If we choose to live as children/Sons of God we will be willing to be led by His Spirit (Romans 8:14).


    • Perhaps this will help: "Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself." Hebrews 7:27, NIV

  6. Too many times today we offer the correct offering required by the Lord, and it is not accepted. (1Sam.15:22)-(1Cor.13:1-3).
    Cain's problem was not only in his offering (Lev.5:11) it was also his attitude of unbelief. (2 Chron.25:2) the LORD will bless those who understand this comment. Amen.

  7. When Cain did not offer the proper sacrifice, it was as if he was rejecting the entire plan of salvation.
    "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17

  8. Cain made a mistake by killing his brother,he cold have exchanged with his brother and did the right offering.Its not even easy to us today we kill our brothers and sisters in many ways,God have mercy on us, we are not thankful to what God is doing to us....we need to surrender our selves to God than we can rich us.

  9. to say the fact, those who hear the words and do it "does of the words" are those who are called sons of God, even as parent loves much a son who cares, hear and do exactly what they need, but a son who don't mind what there parents wants can not be much loved.

  10. What I have come to notice that when Adam gave birth to Seth, Adam bore a son in his own image and likeness and not of God so How can Seths lineage be of the sons of God when He was not born of God. only in the NT does it mention again the title Sons of God and the begotten Son of God. because through Christ are we spiritually reborn as the Sons of God. but sense Adam, Eve ,Cain, Abel and Seth and all others were spiritualy dead they could not be the sons of God. Gods first created creatures the Holy Angels.Angels are also His Children which were created Holy and Perfect. Angels consider us brethren in Rev 12 but also in Luke 20:34-36:
    And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage, for they cannot die anymore, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. which is being reborn spiritually alive as a new creation. but also in Job explaining angels being the sons of God

    Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the Lord

    Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy

    now Sense we know angels are male but sense they are immortal are not giving in to marriage there is no sense for them to have sexual organs nor could they reproduce as flesh and blood do but perhaps in another form maybe through supernatural power. but in the end God allows such things to take place for He has control over what happens in the womb. i can not see the transition between the holy and unholy lineage when the sons of God are only those that which are born from God and are spiritually alive. no one in the OT even mentioned to be the son or sons of God but only children of the Fathers Abram , Isac and Jacob, even though all of us are created by God only some will be His spiritual sons and daughters and will resemble Him in His Glory. just something to think about.

  11. Now many Christians think it is better to worship in context of our cultural way of living. God wanted everybody to worship Him in context of any cultural background He wouldn't have called Abraham from his family. Abraham did not continued His cultural life be gradually God changed way of worship to Judaism, which is difference from the worship of the Mesopotamians'. We should do what God wants us to than thinking what we can do for God.


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