Never OK–Genesis 34

Horrific can never be OK.  Dinah goes out to meet the ladies in the area–The Prince sees her and takes and rapes her.  Then he thinks I like this one.   After the attack, he thinks…She’s awesome, I want to marry her! He and his dad bop over to Israel and seek his permission to bring son and daughter together in marriage.  In fact, to simply become one big happy family.  Everybody wins, right…But wait she was raped!!!!!

When a culture is godless, the value of life and others is minimalized and self interest is made king.  Hamor and Sheckem  saw the attack as an opportunity to merge the peoples–Jacob and his family saw this horrific and deplorable act as an act of war.y these men demonstrated their lack of respect for life, for others and for God. As such, The boys wiped Hamor, Sheckum and the tribe out. Israel was upset that it might hurt neighborhood relations,,,what?!?!  That is why God was clear–Israel was to remain separate from the Canaanites.

We may not be able to choose where we live, but we can choose how and with whom we live.  We have to live with Christ as our lead and his standards as ours.  Selfless; not selfish.  We value life and others–we don’t simply use them.  Further, we cannot look at others that abuse and exploit the lives of others and think, Awe, that is just how they are. We shall never approve of those that self-absorbed and abusive.  Such actions cannot ever be excused or adopted as our life.  We have to remain Godly and expect that of all with whom we interact.  Be Holy as God is Holy!

God Bless You

When Jacob heard that his daughter Dinah had been defiled, his sons were in the fields with his livestock; so he did nothing about it until they came home.

Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. Meanwhile, Jacob’s sons had come in from the fields as soon as they heard what had happened. They were shocked and furious, because Shechem had done an outrageous thing in[a] Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.

But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. 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 young woman as my wife.”

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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