Homosexuality Throughout the Ages
People will tell you that Christ never said anything against homosexual sin. This is quite simply false. Most people simply do not understand the New Testament because Christian scriptures lack some of the context that can be found in the Torah. In fact, Christ referred to the very first instance homosexual marriage was instituted on the earth.
Christ said, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark.”
Marrying and given in marriage sounds pretty innocent, right? God ordained marriage between Adam and Eve, there is nothing wrong with a man and woman obeying the Law of Chastity. In fact, the Lord said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make a help meet (or a companion equal to him, one able to help him complete the tasks I give him), for him.” The Lord then commanded mankind to “multiply and replenish the earth,” and to “leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and no other.”
Obviously there must have been something sinister about these marriages for them to be mentioned specifically in reference to the flood.
Rabbinical Insights into Noah's Time
We do know the conditions of the people in the time of Noah. We know that “every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” and that “the earth was filled with violence.” Some will say those things are the only sins these people participated in, but if that were so why didn’t the Lord mention them?
There is another aspect that we often overlook because we do not have the right context: “That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”
Again, this seems innocent enough, however, Jewish Rabbis gives us the following insight:
Genesis Rabbah 26:5
“And the sons of God saw the daughters of man, that they were fair, and took for themselves wives, whomever they chose.” (Genesis 6:2)
“That they were fair”: Rabbi Yudan said, it is written “fair” (tovot), what it means or suggests is one who was being adorned (“made fair,” “metivim otah”) for her husband (-to-be; that is, for her wedding), the leader (literally, the great one) would enter and have sex with her first.
This is what is written: “fair” – these are the virgins; “and took for themselves wives” – these are the married women (i.e., they took other men’s wives for themselves); “whomever they chose” – this is a male or an animal.
(To summarize, in those days men would take other men’s wives, other men, and animals, and marry them. Another practice they held was that their leaders got to sleep with their wives before the wedding.)
Rabbi Huna in the name of Rabbi Yosef (said): The generation of the Flood was not wiped out until they wrote gemumasi’ot for (the union of a man to) a male or to an animal.
The statement of Rabbi Huna in the name of Rabbi Yosef is also cited in Leviticus Rabbah connects a mention of (male) homosexual marriage to Leviticus Rabbah 23:9 (comparable to Lev 18:3 in the KJV of the Bible)
“According to the doings of the Land of Egypt…and the doings of the Land of Canaan…you shall not do…I am the Lord, your God”
Rabbi Hiyyah taught: The passage reads- I am the One Who punished the generation of the Flood, and the people of Sodom and Gemorah, and Egypt; and in the future I will punish those who do as they did.
Some say the sons of God are angels, but the word “angel” was translated from a word meaning “messenger and servant of God,” not the word meaning a heavenly being. The sons of God were more accurately men who held the priesthood of God. The daughters of man were women outside the Church, those outside the covenant. But there is more going on, and from the above commentary we can see that this wasn’t simply marriage between man and woman, but all forms of sexual transgression was part of the institution of that society. For more info you can research here.
What this Means for Our Day
These wicked people were not just breaking the Law of Chastity in the shadows. The destruction of the family unit was not only accepted, but also legally enforced as an organized manner from all of society. Similarly, the destruction of the family is legally allowed and socially celebrated in our culture. It is even encouraged in our education system, starting at a very young age.
You can read the natural consequences of a sexually immoral society in Kirt Durston’s article, “Why Sexual Morality May be Far More Important than You Ever Thought.”