This is a very interesting chapter. It talks about how some people have gotten so far out of God's will that they are perishing. They are perishing for their lack of knowledge of God. They don't know that's why they are perishing, but the reason is simple: They are in disobedience to God's commands and ignorant of God's plans. One of those areas of disobedience in out society an area that is rampantly out of control - is the area of sexual relationships. Genesis 4:1 says: And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.
"Knew" in this context means to have sexual intercourse. Rightly understood, sex is knowing a person at the deepest level possible, at the maximum level of intimacy. From God's view- point, to have sexual intercourse with a person is to "know" that person in all dimensions.
Sexual intercourse is intended by God to be an act that is enjoyed within the context of the commitment of marriage, and only within the context of marriage. In this one verse there are two very important principles: Marriage is to be the ONLY context for sexual intimacy. Eve was Adam's wife - not his girlfriend, his mistress, or a casual acquaintance. He was married to her.
Children are to be conceived ONLY within the sexual intimacy of marriage. When Adam and Eve had sex, they created a baby. Now certainly that doesn't mean that the first time they had sex they created Cain. It means that the outcome of their sexual relationship was a child.
Those two statements of principle about marriage may seem obvious, but most of the world doesn't live by these principles. You can hardly see a...