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 September 23, 2018

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Text: Amos 6-9
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“Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
(Genesis 28:15 ESV)

Genesis 34 (ESV)

Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land. And when Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, the prince of the land, saw her, he seized her and lay with her and humiliated her.And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, “Get me this girl for my wife.”

Now Jacob heard that he had defiled his daughter Dinah. But his sons were with his livestock in the field, so Jacob held his peace until they came. And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. The sons of Jacob had come in from the field as soon as they heard of it, and the men were indignant and very angry, because he had done an outrageous thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter, for such a thing must not be done.

But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. Make marriages with us. Give your daughters to us, and take our daughters for yourselves. 10 You shall dwell with us, and the land shall be open to you. Dwell and trade in it, and get property in it.” 11 Shechem also said to her father and to her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give. 12 Ask me for as great a bride-price and gift as you will, and I will give whatever you say to me. Only give me the young woman to be my wife.”

13 The sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully, because he had defiled their sister Dinah. 14 They said to them, “We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a disgrace to us. 15 Only on this condition will we agree with you—that you will become as we are by every male among you being circumcised. 16 Then we will give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters to ourselves, and we will dwell with you and become one people. 17 But if you will not listen to us and be circumcised, then we will take our daughter, and we will be gone.”

18 Their words pleased Hamor and Hamor’s son Shechem. 19 And the young man did not delay to do the thing, because he delighted in Jacob’s daughter. Now he was the most honored of all his father’s house. 20 So Hamor and his son Shechem came to the gate of their city and spoke to the men of their city, saying, 21 “These men are at peace with us; let them dwell in the land and trade in it, for behold, the land is large enough for them. Let us take their daughters as wives, and let us give them our daughters. 22 Only on this condition will the men agree to dwell with us to become one people—when every male among us is circumcised as they are circumcised. 23 Will not their livestock, their property and all their beasts be ours? Only let us agree with them, and they will dwell with us.” 24 And all who went out of the gate of his city listened to Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.

25 On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males. 26 They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house and went away. 27 The sons of Jacob came upon the slain and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister. 28 They took their flocks and their herds, their donkeys, and whatever was in the city and in the field. 29 All their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses, they captured and plundered.

30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me stink to the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites and the Perizzites. My numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.” 31 But they said, “Should he treat our sister like a prostitute?”

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  1. On the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took their swords and came against the city while it felt secure and killed all the males. 26 They killed Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword and took Dinah out of Shechem's house and went away. Genesis 34:25

    Revenge is Sweet . . . but Bitter

    This is such a disturbing chapter. The rape of Dinah is devastating; the sickening lust of Shechem actions and attitude is shameful, and the response of Dinah's brother is regretful. But there is even more going on than these events. 

    Here are some helpful insights from trusted resources regarding some of the implications revealed in this chapter.

    In his book Creation and Blessing, Allen Ross writes, "The law said that Israel was not to intermarry with the Canaanites or make treaties with them but was to destroy them because they posed such a threat. This passage provides part of the rationale for such laws, for it describes how immoral Canaanites defiled Israel by sexual contact and attempted to marry for the purpose of swallowing up Israel. Israel’s outrage over the folly was correct, for the defilement could not be ignored. But Israel’s method of seeking vengeance was wrong, for the sons used the sign of the covenant as a means of deception in planning their revenge, rather than seeking vengeance directly. For their deception and violence, Simeon and Levi were passed over in the order of the inheritance (Gen. 49:5–7)."

    Ross, A. P. (1998). Creation and blessing: a guide to the study and exposition of Genesis (p. 569). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

    The ESV Study Bible says, "Almost as soon as Jacob returns to Canaan, an incident threatens the future security of his whole family. While the rape of Dinah by Shechem is inexcusable, the punishment meted out by Simeon and Levi far exceeds the crime. While they are reluctant to acknowledge any fault on their part, Jacob is very conscious of how their actions have endangered his entire household. Furthermore, circumcision, which was intended by God to bring divine blessing, leads on this occasion to death and destruction. All of this takes place without any reference to God."

    Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 109). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

    In All the Books and Chapters of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer writes, "The trouble overtaking Jacob at Shechem marks the harvest he was forced to reap of earlier years (Galatians 6:7-8). After his vow (Genesis 28:22), Jacob should have gone directly to Bethel (Genesis 35:1), but, as with Lot, surrounding country was very attractive to him, and so he extended his stay, with dire results in his family life. It is hard to imagine that this father, Jacob, whose children were guilty of dark deeds, was the man who had seen God face to face. Yet, here he is, swayed by material advantages and losing, thereby, the smile of God. How often we choose our surroundings, independent of their effect upon life and character! Schools are chosen, without any thought of their influence upon the impressionable young. Living near Shechem is very risky, as Jacob proved. it resulted in his daughter's shame, and the treacherous crime of his sons. Too late, Jacob sought to rebuke his sons for their cruel vindictiveness. The character of the rebuke is very noticeable. Jacob was only sorry for the crime of his sons because of his own reputations and because of what the dark deeds meant to the reputation of Israel as a divinely privileged people."

    While there is great value in reading the Bible, studying God's Word provides insight that we might miss when reading a chapter such as Genesis 34. 

    Let's continue reading each day but be sure to take some time reading the study notes as well. There is a wealth of information waiting to be discovered.

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  2. I have an anger problem, and when someone does or says something I disagree with, it's hard for me not to tell them what I think, and revenge has definitely come to mind once or a million times, especially when it has to do with my family. 

    I've been trying to ask myself what God would expect from me, and I remind myself that vengeance belongs to God. I practice stopping, thinking before I act or speak, and talking to Him about these things. It can be difficult, but as I practice, it's become easier. 



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