I received a divine treasure in the mail over the weekend. Sacred Sex by Dr. Tony Evans. He wrote a tiny little book on God's plan for man and woman. He titled it Sacred Sex making reference to Genesis 4:1 where God said, "Now the man had relations with his wife Eve..."
He goes on to say that the Hebrew term used in the very first account of sexual intimacy for "had relations" is the word yada. It is the same word used a few verses earlier when describing that Adam and Eve's eyes had been opened and they "knew" that they were naked. It is also the same word used when we read, "Then the Lord God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil" (Genesis 3:22).
The word Yada means:
to know, learn to know
to be be made known, be revealed
to make oneself known
to cause to know
to reveal oneself
to know by experience
A brief excerpt:
The very foundation of true yada of one another in the security of marriage union is rooted in a sacrificial dying to yourself in such a way that means laying your will, pride, and needs on the alter while considering the other as more important than yourself. It is in this sacrifice where both partners die to themselves that what is new can grow and flourish in the soil of biblical love. This is because in sacred sex the two partners share much more than some moments of passion. They share their secrets, their fears, their hopes their failures, and even so much as their "treasures of the darkness and hidden wealth of secret places." They reveal themselves in a way unlike with any other. And within that revelations, if it s truly yada, they will find the most authentic form of love possible.
So beautiful to my ears and to my heart knowing that one day, someone will know me this deeply.
love for a great day,