The Beginning of Sexual Immorality
And Lamech took unto him two wives: the name of the one was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. Genesis 4:19
Read Genesis 4:19, 20
Our meditation today has an original title. While human sexuality was an aspect of Adam and Eve’s life in Paradise, it did not have the meaning then that the world gives it today. Due to man’s fall, sexual relationships are regarded as a means of pleasure and as a consumer activity.
In our text Lamech, who was a descendant of Cain, receives a very serious label. He is the first man on earth to come up with the idea of marrying not just one, but two women. Already we see sin being multiplied in Cain’s family. Lamech had no understanding of the blessing of one man and one woman being brought together by the Lord to become one flesh. The fact that Lamech took to himself two wives is also very enlightening. Why would anyone ask God to give him a loving wife if they could pick and choose for themselves? Genesis 4 shows something of man’s ancient history. When we read this passage carefully, we see how relevant this horrible development is still today. Lamech’s choices in life were very confrontational, somewhat similar to how the world speaks, sings and laughs about sex. How do you react to this? Do you regard human sexuality as a precious gift from God, or have you become tainted by worldly ideas whereby the most beautiful and intimate relationship is degraded?
How blessed when we lay all our sexual sins before the Lord. On the basis of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice, He is willing to give you strength to guard your heart in the midst of this impure world.
Thought: I made a covenant with mine eyes… (Job 31:1a)
Psalter 360:1 (based on Psalm 128) Blest the man that fears Jehovah, Walking ever in His ways; By thy toil thou shalt be prospered, And be happy all thy days.