Times have really changed. There is more public conversation on sex and television shows based on sex. It has been said of recent that porn is so bad that the average age that a porn addict started with porn today is age 6 according to one of my local school principles. Casual sex is a term for the 21st century. Friends with benefits has become acceptable. It is said that there are 5 porn sites on the internet for every single site that is not porn based.
This sexual culture has also clouded our understanding of scripture. The New International Version translates it that Adam laid with Eve. The New Living Translation says that Adam slept with Eve. In reality these are watered down translations of this verse.
The fact is that the original word for “knew” is “yada.” This word means to understand. It is spelt Yod, Dolet, Ayin. The Yod is an arm and hand reaching out. The Dolet is a door. The Ayin is the eye that sees. Therefore, “yada” means to reach out and open the door to see what is behind it, to discover, to come to a new understanding.
The idea of sex today is all about what feels good. It is self satisfying. It becomes perverted when it steps out of the realm of knowing or really understanding your spouse. Nowhere in scripture does it describe an animal as knowing it’s mate. Animals just have sex.
Knowing your spouse is intentional and is never self-seeking. It was out of this “knowing” intimacy that Cain was born. It is in this action that two can really become one.
For a better understanding of this word let’s find another scripture reference. How about Psalm 139:23-24?
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxieties; and see if [there is any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Rather than a sexual term, it is a term of deep understanding. How much deeper does this make the encounter between Adam and Eve or between a husband and wife?
In Genesis 16:4 Abram had a child with Hagar but there was no “knowing” involved – no passion, no intamacy. Rather, it was an act outside of the marriage commitment and an act that would bring stress to the family, beginning within days after this act and still exists today.
This “sexual revolution” has destroyed at least 1 out of every 2 marriages. VD is on the rise. Teens have become more experimental than I can ever remember. It has destroyed whole youth ministries within the church. This is not just a world thing. Where is the purity and can there be purity in the heart of a youth who is filled with hormones raging and a society that promotes this revolution?
At the rewriting of this blog my heart is heavy for what I am hearing and seeing in the past few weeks.
“What will it take to bring the ‘knowing’ back into the marriage today, O Lord? What will it take to bring purity to our teens once again? Give them a heart that seeks after You. Bring a Knowing Revolution!”