Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Dinah and the Shechemites
1 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her. 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, "Get me this girl as my wife."
5 When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he kept quiet about it until they came home.
6 Then Shechem's father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. 7 Now Jacob's sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were filled with grief and fury, because Shechem had done a disgraceful thing in [a] Israel by lying with Jacob's daughter—a thing that should not be done.
8 But Hamor said to them, "My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. 9 Intermarry with us; give us your daughters and take our daughters for yourselves. 10 You can settle among us; the land is open to you. Live in it, trade [b] in it, and acquire property in it."
11 Then Shechem said to Dinah's father and brothers, "Let me find favor in your eyes, and I will give you whatever you ask. 12 Make the price for the bride and the gift I am to bring as great as you like, and I'll pay whatever you ask me. Only give me the girl as my wife."
13 Because their sister Dinah had been defiled, Jacob's sons replied deceitfully as they spoke to Shechem and his father Hamor. 14 They said to them, "We can't do such a thing; we can't give our sister to a man who is not circumcised. That would be a disgrace to us. 15 We will give our consent to you on one condition only: that you become like us by circumcising all your males. 16 Then we will give you our daughters and take your daughters for ourselves. We'll settle among you and become one people with you. 17 But if you will not agree to be circumcised, we'll take our sister [c] and go."
Genesis 34:7 Or against
Genesis 34:10 Or move about freely ; also in verse 21
Genesis 34:17 Hebrew daughter
"As the Holy Land Turns." Even in the "good ol’ days" people had problems, maybe even more than now. Jacob’s Daughter Dinah caught the eye of the local ruler’s son, so he raped her. He really liked her however, so he had his dad go and try to make things right.
They were willing to give whatever Jacob and his sons wanted to make things right, and the sons acted in a deceitful way. They said that Schechem would have to be circumcised, and his people circumcised, or they would take their sister and go home, disgraced. They were setting Schechem and his people up.
Do not let your lust make you do things you shouldn’t. This did not do Schechem or Dinah any good, and things are about to get worse. When we let lust govern our actions, bad things generally follow.
Prayer- Lord, Help me resist lust and temptation. Help keep me pure and focused on you. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Things to do -Read Genesis 34:18-31