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Ron Writes

Yada: It’s More than Sex

“Adam knew his wife Eve and she bore a son” (Gen.4:1). Since we know where babies come from, we might say that Adam had sex with Eve. So why not just come out and say it? The writer is not a prude, but is emphasizing something about sex. It’s more than physical. The word translated “know” is the Hebrew “Yada.” Yada means to know and be known. God is conveying the idea that godly sex, yada, is more than physical. It is mental, emotional and spiritual. There is this profound, permanent, and exclusive connection between a husband and a wife. To know and be known by experience as we discover one another’s hopes, dreams, emotions, fears and concerns, likes and dislikes. Not just to be physically naked, but emotionally and intellectually naked and open as well.

“Yada” is used hundreds of times in the OT and describes a relationship beyond that of husband and wife. It describes man’s relationship with God. “O Lord, You have searched me and known me” (Ps. 139:1). God intimately knows us. This is a deep, personal way of knowing. God knows the real you.

Not only does God know us – we know Him. “And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord” (Hos. 2:20). The husband and wife relationship illustrates the relationship we can have with God. Paul emphasized this even further in the NT by comparing the husband and wife relationship with that of Christ and the church (Eph. 5:32). The covenant of marriage is so important since it reflects the human-divine relationship.

There is that strong desire within each of us to know and be known. God is glorified by the yada in our marriages.