Westside Baptist Church of York  

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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor


"And rejoice with the wife of your youth."

  Proverbs 5:18



"Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain..." In that one word 'knew' is a reference to the intimacies of the physical love, the erotica, of a man and a women - no, of a husband and his wife. It is the first direct Biblical reference (but far from the last) to the physical union, for it is a description of the first man and the first woman, the first husband and the first wife. This knowing was a glorious knowing, but it was also an obedient knowing, for God created them male and female, and then blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply." He also blessed them with meaningful work, with food, and with dominion over the animals. But the first blessing mentioned was their duty to come together. This blessing is all wrapped up in the single word "rejoice" in the counsel "rejoice with the wife of your youth." The verses immediately preceding and following this direction warn against becoming enraptured with or embraced by a seductress. Indeed, the Scriptures abound in references which extol the blessings of marital love, but which equally condemn the unfaithfulness of adultery. The prophet Malachi wrote: "The LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant." The Scriptures also tell us "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge." Those who are unable to live a pure life in the single state are told to marry: "let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband." Jesus told a woman, "Go call your husband, and come here." She answered that she had no husband. Jesus replied, "You have well said, 'I have no husband,' for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly." This woman then believed in Jesus as the promised Messiah and came to have everlasting life and the forgiveness of her many sins. To the Christians in Corinth the apostle Paul wrote, "Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals will inherit the kingdom of God; and such were some of you. But you were washed."


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