Wednesday, July 5th, '17
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain..." (Genesis 4:1)
That's one way to raise a little Cain.
It is humorous how the Bible skirts around the sex issue, 100% in favor,
graphic at times, but trying all the while to sound modest. That does put the
Bible in a pickle; remaining a children's storybook yet at the same time, an
adult marriage manual. So it uses code language. Adam "knew" her. Oh, I get the
picture. Other translations walk the tightrope too. Peterson's Message
says Adam "slept with his wife". So they took a nap? NASB says they "had
relations". Now that is discreet. Today's New International Version nears
vulgarity saying that Adam "made love to his wife", a few too many details
there for me. In another place, Jacob was "sporting" with Rachel. Let the games
begin. Sarah laughed at the prospect of she and Abraham having "pleasure" again
in their old age (Genesis 18:12), fond memories.
Most of the time the Bible simply uses the
words, he "went in unto her", something I do whenever Deb rings the supper bell
and I'm out mowing the lawn. Hebrews 13:4 describes Adam and Eve's thing
in a word, "the bed". Marriage has its holy of holies too, mystery furniture.
Reuben lost the elder son's portion because he went up to his father's "couch"
(Gen 49:4). Some chambers are to remain private. No peeking allowed. The
Pharisees described catching a woman "in the very act" (John 8:4), a stone in
one hand, camera in the other. In each blushing case the writers were referring
to "it" hopefully without having to say "it".
Well, since grade-schoolers now know as much
about "it" as the university co-ed did forty years ago, I guess we can quit
being ashamed about sex. Adam and Eve were "naked and not shamed" so why do we
continue to sew fig leaves to cover our blushing hides? In healthy relationship,
a couple should be able converse about any subject. To "know" each other means
there is at least a modicum of discussion. We can't read minds. God's word must
be communicated between spouses, parents with children, pastors and their
congregations, youth leaders and their teens. Touching upon the subject of "it"
with a ten-foot pole doesn't cut it in this day and age. It is time for
straight talk and straight answers.
(adapted from Kris' new book Maker's Match)