Scripture: Genesis 2:21-25So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh. She will be called ‘woman, ‘because she was taken from ‘man.” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two become one flesh. Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
Devotional: In the next three weeks of our daily devotions, we will be diving into love and relationships. What does God have to say about how we relate to and love one another? This week we will focus on sexual purity.
Talking about sexual purity sometimes gets a bad rap. Many think that to live a sexually pure life is outdated and archaic- and unattainable in our culture today. But when you begin to understand why God calls us to sexual purity, and the reason He created sexual intimacy in the first place, you’ll understand why so many people are damaged, filled with anxiety, and incapable of emotional intimacy.
We start in the beginning, when God created man and woman, and incidentally, when He created sex. That’s right, God created sex. In the process of created mankind, He acknowledged it was not good for man to be alone. He created woman from the man, and then gave them the beautiful gift of a sexual relationship to bring them together in intimacy. So much so, it’s as if the two become one.
There’s an often overlooked statement in the Genesis passage you read today: “Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” This gives us insight into the freedom that the man and woman felt with one another. Although they were naked, completely vulnerable to one another and exposed both physically and emotionally to one another, they felt no shame. They had complete freedom in the midst of their pure state.
But we know what happens after this – sin enters in – and suddenly they are hiding their nakedness and struggling with shame. Sin corrupts God’s perfection.
And just like the serpent enticed Adam and Eve into sin, corrupting their pure state, he continues to entice and distort God’s creation and beautiful intention, calling into question the purpose and purity of sexual intimacy.
To be with someone sexually is a gift from God, reserved for those who have committed themselves to one another, joined together for life and becoming one flesh. It was never purposed to be a casual thing where people gratify themselves, but something where people give of themselves to a person they have joined with for life. Sex in this context is full of freedom and beauty: free from guilt, free from fear (will this person reject me?), free from walls that you put up when you have multiple sexual partners.
Unfortunately, we’re not bombarded with messages and images of the beauty and freedom of godly sex, but with the corruption and perversion of what the god of this world has done to distort God’s gift.
Your challenge this week is to begin to see sex through the eyes of the One who created it. And to understand both His purpose for it, and the damage that is done when it is misused.
- Where do you get your ideas about sex? Take some time to think about how you’ve formed your opinions and actions, and why you behave the way you do in this area.