And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold.
And the wings of the cherubims were twenty cubits long: one wing of the one cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was likewise five cubits, reaching to the wing of the other cherub.
And one wing of the other cherub was five cubits, reaching to the wall of the house: and the other wing was five cubits also, joining to the wing of the other cherub.
The wings of these cherubims spread themselves forth twenty cubits: and they stood on their feet, and their faces were inward. 2 Chronicles 10-13
(It was understood in ancient times that these two cherubim in the Temple of Solomon represent male and female angelic beings, welded or sealed together, facing at the same time each other and God.)
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: Matthew 12:39
Joseph Smith said something interesting regarding the above teaching. He taught that it is an eternal truth, declaring,
whenever you see a man seeking after a sign, you may set it down that he is an adulterous man. TPJS 156-7.
Perhaps some of the correlation that always exists between sign seeking and adultery lies in what signs are and where they may be found. The first time signs are referred to in the Bible is in the account of the creation where one of the purposes of the lights of the firmament is for signs. The Hebrew word for sign is a three letter word with the first letter being the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet and the last letter being the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The middle letter is the letter that as a one letter word means and, and, thus, the three letter Hebrew word for sign literally means alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, or in other words the signs in the heavens witness Christ who is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. The sun provides physical life directly and indirectly to the world and all its inhabitants; the great new star in the heavens at Christ's birth testifies of Him; and all the lights in the heaven separately and together possess and reflect the light of Christ:
And behold, all things have their likeness, and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are in the earth, and things which are under the earth, both above and beneath: all things bear record of me. Moses 6:63
Those, then, who seek for signs look for something other than what God continually provides and is in the way of light and truth. They look beyond the mark and reject Christ. They are, in a sense, blind at noon day, and demonstrate a second correlation I want to highlight—that between adultery and idolatry. Particularly in the Old Testament God uses the metaphor of adultery to speak of the idolatry of Israel at the times that they reject the one true God and follow other gods, and in practice idolatry and adultery go hand in hand. Metaphorically, the Lord is the bridegroom, and Israel is the bride whose most important charge is to be faithful, but who often is adulterous, or idolatrous. In Genesis chapter six verse two is recorded one example of the relationship between adultery and idolatry,
the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
They abandon God and His commandments at the same time as they turn to adulterous practices, and decline and destruction in the flood follow. Ephesians 5:14 teaches this connection between idolatry and adultery in terms of the connection between loins and truth, in that the key to remaining faithful to current or future spouse is in having your loins girt about with truth. In other words an understanding of truth leads away from both idolatry and adultery, or from unfaithful relationships in general and towards fidelity to God, spouse, and others in general.
True religion involves love of God and of neighbor (neighbor first and foremost being spouse). In the creation account in Genesis after God creates man He states that he will make a help meet for the man, and the Hebrew word for help is the same root as is used in Ebenezer, which means stone of help from the instance in which the Lord helps the Israelites in battle against the Philistines, and Samuel places a stone as a marker in remembrance of the Lord’s help.
The Hebrew word translated into English as meet means what is conspicuous, what is in front of, before your face, in your view or purpose. Together these two words support the purpose in the creation of man, male and female, after the image and in the likeness of God, to form an equal and complimentary union designed to look to each other for support and to give each other the greatest loyalty and devotion second only to that given to God. These words, in fact, show the similarity between the marriage covenant between a man and a woman and the relationship man should have with God as is found in the definitions of the words and their other usages. The word for help, again, is used in reference to and remembrance of the Lord’s help, and the word for meet, which indicates prominence of position and relationship emphasize that married man and woman should look to each other without competing loyalties and devotion as regards their unique relationship in the same way that the Lord commands that we have no other gods before him.
It is my firm conviction that the highest, most noble state that man and woman can arrive at through God’s grace is complete, eventually unassailable, unbreakable fidelity to God and to each other. Genuine fidelity cannot grow or diminish towards God and not towards neighbor (foremost towards spouse) and vice versa. The degree of genuine fidelity a person possesses is present in and characteristic of all of a person’s relationships in a similar manner and leads to the same degree to caring for and serving others over self. For example a person who is genuinely faithful to God and to spouse will to the same degree show kind regard and care to children, to strangers, to coworkers, to neighbors, to pets, etc. In the strength and endurance of fidelity lies a fullness of joy and eternal lives.