A word that for most of my life I really didn’t understand. Sure I know the “definition” of the word BUT not the actually intention behind it. In fact most of the time that people defined intimacy it was connected with some kind of sexual implication.
When I read Genesis chapter 2 I see intimacy in a whole different light.
Hear in this chapter we see the intimate relationship between God and man as well as man and wife.
As God has literally made everything and now He focuses in on His last creation… Man.
Differing from His previous method of creating God takes a special approach and shapes man from the ground before breathing life into him.
What I notice is that God has the perfect environment to which He gives man complete control. With massive flexibly, man has the opportunity of a lifetime. He can eat of seed bearing plant/tree except for one in the entire place!
Then God makes a statement we have not seen yet.
It is not good for man to be alone
Everything God made to this point was good. Here is the first time something was not good. God had this wonderful connection with man that afforded Adam to have dominion/responsibility over what God had made.
Now God was going to allow Adam to connect with someone like him. God makes woman, Eve, and she is to be a suitable helper for Adam in his tasks.
The last two verses of this chapter are powerful.
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
There it is. Intimacy! Leaving ones parents (sources of safety, security, strength etc) and now connecting with your spouse in like manner. In fact they were able to be naked around each other and there was no shame or junk to cloud their minds.
They had a connection with God as He commissioned them, and a connection with each other. They worked together and hid nothing from each other.
Seeing God’s original intention helps reveal His desired relationship with us. God wanted to be close with Man. Are you close with God?
God also desired man to be close with his wife. What hinders your intimacy with your spouse?
When our relationship with God is broken, it is hard to maintain a positive relationship with our spouse… But we will save that for next week 🙂