birds. bees. week 1
Every February during our youth services we take our students through a series on love, dating, guy/girl issues and anything else related to the topic. Last Wednesday night we dealt with the topics of love and sex. I won’t take you through the whole message, but one of the aspects I covered related to why we are to have exclusive sexual relationships with a spouse.
In a series of teachings I’ve been listening to (iTunes link), Tim Keller says the following about this subject:
God doesn’t say, “I’ll give you intimacy, but you don’t have to be completely sold out to me. You can have other gods in your life”….There’s no intimacy with God unless you are absolutely committed to him, exclusively and totally. So there shouldn’t be any intimacy between a man and woman unless you’re absolutely committed to one another and married….Until you’re willing to make that covenant, you’re not going to experience that.
The commandment about adultery isn’t an arbitrary decision God just randomly chose out of the air. God’s laws are descriptions of reality. They provide us with a picture of who He is and what He is like. So when God declares that we are to be exclusively intimate with one spouse, it’s a reflection of His relationship to us. It’s a picture of his jealous love that demands everything of us and His sacrificial love that was shown to us on the cross.