Genesis 34:1-3,13,30 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her. His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her… Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob’s sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor… Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me a stench to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.”
When I read this chapter, my first reaction was to cringe because of what Simeon and Levi did. Their actions did not reflect well on their family and us as their family in Christ.
I was wondering if I might be able to skip this chapter and look for something more suitable to share but with God, there is nothing in His word that He does not speak to us through and therefore I’m at it.
What is the point that God is speaking to us through this horrible incident and is this just a dark reality of our faith?
Jacob and his family knew without a doubt that they could not marry anyone outside of God’s chosen people because of their faith in God which the outsiders did not share.
Dinah visiting the women of the land was where the trouble started because through her actions, she showed that she wanted to connect with the women of the land and in so doing presented herself as available to the men there too.
Her action reminds us that we should be careful what we let into our lives because it is like opening a gushing tap of sin. Foolish pleasures lead to seduction, seduction produces anger, anger thirsts for revenge, the thirst of revenge results in treachery, treachery results in murder; and murder is followed by other lawless actions.
Simeon and Levi were not justified in their actions but when we see the big picture, their response was the result of Dinah’s first actions.
I pray today that we would safeguard our lives and testimonies by asking God to take charge of our lives and keeping us far away from the lure of sin. Furthermore, I pray that God would give us the strength and presence of mind to run away from sin and fill in us a deep desire for Him and His ways.
In His Loving Service,
Psalm 97:10 Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
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