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February 13, 2014

Pursuing relationships

NORMAN — Last week’s column looked ahead to today — Valentine’s Day — and posed the topic of pursuing relationship. We noted the activities of myriads of people who will go to great lengths this week and weekend to impress the object of their desire. The greatest relationship, according to Jesus Christ, is the one we have with God himself. To love Him with all our being.

A very interesting thing about relationship is found in Genesis 4:1a “Now Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain,” When I ask young couples undergoing pre-marital counseling what they believe that verb “knew” means, more often than not their response has to do with physical intimacy. It is interesting that this exact same Hebrew verb is used in Isaiah 1:3 which reads: “The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not consider.” So I feel we should be careful not to cheapen its intended meaning by assigning it to mere physical intimacy. This Hebrew root word is Yada’ and its truest translated meaning is “to know completely and o be completely known.” When God’s Word employs this verb for “know” its literal meaning goes far beyond knowledge. This verb describes the most intimate of connections. One Hebrew scholar defines “yada’” in this manner: “a mingling of souls.” To know and to be known at the deepest levels of our existence.

Someone once said that “People are to be loved and things are to be used. The reason we have so many difficulties in our relationships today is that we have switched these two. Things are loved and people are used.” Far too often, people want to use God for their own personal ends and agendas. We often trade loving God for what we expect Him to do for us.

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