Q. I don’t know if someone else asked you this question before: When did God create the angels according to Genesis?
And in Job 38:7: “When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy, who are “the sons of God”? How do I explain to an unbeliever that Jesus was God’s only son – when in Job he talks about the sons of God?
Can you please explain it to me?
A. Genesis, being written about happenings on Earth, doesn’t mention the creation of angels. But the verse you quoted from Job makes reference to the time of Earth’s creation and implies that they were already around and cheered the event. That means that their creation preceded Earth’s.
The Hebrew phrase translated as sons of God in Job 38:7 can be found 5 times in the Old Testament and always refers to angels. A Greek phrase also translated sons of God appears 6 times in the New Testament and always refers to the Church.
This sounds confusing until you realize that the Hebrew and Greek phrases are from two different languages and are not equivalent to one another. Though others are given the appelation, Jesus is uniquely the “Son of God”, in both the physical and spiritual sense. Hebrews 1:1-14 explains this in great detail.