Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. (Genesis 6:1-2)
In these two verses, students of the Bible see many things; in fact, things that can provoke a robust debate. Some see fallen angels mating with human women while others see righteous men pairing with families that are corrupt and wicked. However we are inclined to interpret these verses, one thing remains constant — forbidden mixtures always lead to destructive circumstances.
Taking it a step further, the Bible teaches that the mingling of the holy and the profane, clean and unclean, is something that God despises. When the Messiah addressed the Laodiceans, He warned that because they were lukewarm — a mixture of hot and cold — He would vomit them from His mouth (Rev. 3:16). The implication here is that things that are lukewarm (mixed) makes Him sick to His stomach. That’s a pretty strong statement to make but one that rings true. Perhaps that is why Paul said:
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? (2 Corinthians 6:14-16)
The Bible is clear; we are not to join ourselves to people or things that are regarded as unholy and unclean. We can never seduce ourselves into thinking that we will change the unclean; it’s almost always the other way around. When we get too close to what is unclean, it seduces us to become unclean. That eventually results in disfavor and, if unrepentant, destruction.
In this day and age, we are continually enticed to mix and mingle — to coexist — even as our Father calls upon us to be a set apart people. As His people God expects us to strive for holiness and to not embrace what is unclean if we expect Him to dwell among us. Paul put it this way:
“You are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (2 Corinthians 6:16)
Blessings and Shalom,