Really know

November 14, 2016

the bible

“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, ‘I have acquired a man from the Lord.’ Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel” (Gen. 4:1-2). The word “knew,” which means in this context “to have sexual intercourse with,” is significant because it speaks of sex in ways that have become obscured in contemporary thinking. To know a person in this sense contradicts the modern idea that sex can be casual and satisfying.

Rightly understood sex is knowing a person at the deepest level of intimacy in the context of taking the time and making the commitment to thoroughly know that person in all dimensions. The early chapters of Genesis leave no room for doubt that this requires a relationship of permanence—or to put it simply—marriage! It was “his wife” he knew with the accent on the “his” and “wife.”

The sexual activity that brought Cain into the world was the result of man and woman’s free choice; it was an act based on their own volition. Cain, like all those who followed him, was therefore the product of sexual and volitional activity on the part of his parents. But he was far more than that as his mother’s exultant cry demonstrates, “I have acquired a man from the Lord” (v. 1). The name Cain is related to the word for “gotten” and the new parents were stating that they recognized the divine activity involved in his birth.

This reminds us that babies are born for spiritual as well as sexual and volitional reasons. The birth of a baby is a reminder from God that He is still not through with mankind.


The account of the boys’ births, although brief, does not neglect the biological considerations. Genesis states that Eve “conceived,” and although the ancient writers could not have known a fraction of what modern man knows about the mysteries and wonders of fertility and conception, the record is wonderfully balanced. This reminds us that if we are to treat people properly we need to bear in mind all the factors that led to their existence.


There is a certain poignancy about the naming of the second son, Abel, because the name means “vanity” as in Ecclesiastes 1:2. This is not the kind of vanity that keeps people in front of mirrors but rather that sense of futility which so often pervades life. “Meaninglessness” would be a good modern equivalent. Perhaps there is a hint of foreboding in the naming of the boy, a foreboding which events would soon show to be well justified.

Only God can make your life worth living!

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2 Responses to “Really know”

  1. Heather said

    This is very insightful! I’ve tried several times to explain my view that the euphamistic OT “Knew” actually parallels nicely with Christ’s warning of dismissal of those He never “knew”.
    Discussion can become rather awkward when people realize I’m comparing spiritual intimacy with Christ to the type of focused sexual intimacy that is supposed to only be experienced within the bounds of heterosexual, single-partner marriage.

  2. thank you very much, it always amazes me as “sexed” up as our society is how we actually can’t discuss it unless it’s a dirty joke, not the blessing God intended it to be, hope you have a great thanksgiving.

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