[Linux4christians] Genesis 34:1-12 (Tuesday)
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Mon Jul 5 15:43:43 EDT 2010
*Genesis 34:1-12 (Tuesday)
Dinah and the Shechemites
34:1 Now Dinah, Leah's daughter whom she bore to Jacob, went to meet the
young women of the land. 34:2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, who
ruled that area, saw her, he grabbed her, forced himself on her, and
sexually assaulted her.
34:3 Then he became very attached to Dinah, Jacob's daughter. He fell in
love with the young woman and spoke romantically to her. 34:4 Shechem
said to his father Hamor, "Acquire this young girl as my wife."
34:5 When Jacob heard that Shechem had violated his daughter Dinah, his
sons were with the livestock in the field. So Jacob remained silent
until they came in.
34:6 Then Shechem's father Hamor went to speak with Jacob about Dinah.
34:7 Now Jacob's sons had come in from the field when they heard the
news. They were offended and very angry because Shechem had disgraced
Israel by sexually assaulting Jacob's daughter, a crime that should not
34:8 But Hamor made this appeal to them: "My son Shechem is in love with
your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife.
34:9 Intermarry with us. Let us marry your daughters, and take our
daughters as wives for yourselves. 34:10 You may live among us, and the
land will be open to you. Live in it, travel freely in it, and acquire
property in it."
34:11 Then Shechem said to Dinah's father and brothers, "Let me find
favor in your sight, and whatever you require of me I'll give. 34:12 You
can make the bride price and the gift I must bring very expensive, and
I'll give whatever you ask of me. Just give me the young woman as my wife!"
*Prayer:* Lord, may I understand that there are some things "... that
should not be committed" and which have consequences that may include
even greater conflict with You and fellow humankind.
Once again the lust of the eyes has led a man to act unwisely toward a
woman. "Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, who ruled that area ..." raped
Israel's daughter Dinah.
After his crime Shechem became emotionally attached to Dinah, perhaps
parallel with the fear of consequences for his crime, and petitions
Israel to allow him to marry her -- for which he would pay a large dowry
and welcome her people into the land.
The text does not report Israel's reply to the offer to and marry among
the family of the rapist and those who occupied the land already
promised to Israel.
*Consider this:* Shechem and Hamor were unaware that God had already
promised all of the land to Abraham, then Issac, and then Jacob -- they
were unaware that their penitence for the sin of Shechem was a peaceful
way for Israel to begin occupying the promised land.
*Discuss this:* What sense of entitlement, lack of respect for women,
and of local power must Hamor and Shechem had to approach Israel in this
*Reflect on this:* The invitation to live and marry among the family of
the rapist and those who occupied the land already promised to Israel
must have sounded odd to Dinah's relatives.
*Share this:* When have you, or someone with whom you have interacted,
tried to "make things right" after an offense in a way that upon
reflection seems inappropriate?
*Faith in Action*
*Prayer: * Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where and how the lust of
your flesh may be leading you in a direction that may result in harm to
others and to you.
*Action:* I agree to partner with the Holy Spirit to identify places in
my life where an impetuous reaction to the desires of my flesh are
leading me to make poor choices. I agree to surrender those places to
the Lordship of Christ through the Holy Spirit.
*/Wednesday's text will be: Genesis 34:13-31/
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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