Over the last few days, we have been looking at the origin of sexual love. We started by looking at passages in Genesis, chapter 1, verses 27 and 28. Yesterday, we looked at passages on procreation and the first recorded birth of two children to Adam and Eve – Cain and Abel. Today, we are going to look at the recorded words on marital faithfulness.
Our verse of the day comes from Proverbs 5:15-19.
“Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. Should your springs be scattered abroad, streams of water in the streets? Let them be for yourself alone and not for strangers with you. Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love.”
Let’s dig in.
The long and short of the passages above? Find sexual satisfaction in your own spouse, not strangers.
This passage falls under the subject of adultery. The writer is warning against adultery. I’m not sure if the author is Solomon or another writer.
The writer uses metaphors to describe marriage faithfulness.
The images of a cistern, well, or fountain are to describe the wife. In the above passages, the writer is addressing a young man, so the images speak of a female. Gals, not so fast. That doesn’t give us the freedom to find sexual satisfaction outside our marriages either.
When the writer mentions water in the streets, he is describing sexual contact with a lewd woman.
The young man is advised to stay home and find sexual pleasure and contentment with his wife. He is to spend his sexual energy at home, producing offspring, rather than giving himself to strangers.
The spouse is to be the source of pleasure for him, not a serviceable use of pleasure.
Sexual delight is God-given as evidenced when the writer says, “Let your fountain be blessed.”
Remember marital faithfulness.
Seek pleasure from your spouse.
Draw water from your own cistern.
Be intoxicated with their love.
God says you will be blessed.
Tomorrow we will look at the next set of passages on sexual love – expressions of love.
I encourage you to go back and read Genesis 1 through 4 to get a complete picture of our lessons thus far.