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Wednesday, July 5th, '17

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"Now 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)


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