June 25 Genesis 34:1-18

June 25 Genesis 34:1-18

Heavenly Father, it is so hard to read some of the evil that took place in the Old Testament and how the culture of that day treated things that we see as horrible crimes. Help us see God’s glory in all of His word. Help us see how he provides and how this family comes together to care for their sister. Help us see that we need to come together to comfort and love each other. It isn’t just about our justice system punishing the criminal, but for us to reach out and care about the one that is hurt, struggling, sick and dying. Help us see where we can reach out and show Your love to those around us.
In Jesus’ name.

What a horrible thing happened to Dinah. At first glance it looks as if the brothers aren’t treating it with the gravity they should, but wait…they have a plan. They learned from their father Jacob and will handle these people.
When something bad happens, we have a tendency to blame God or sometimes the one the bad thing happened to. Jesus tells us we will have trouble, but He reminds us that we have overcome the world and we would never be alone. He would always be with us.
How does that change your view of when bad things happen?

Genesis 34:1-18
Now Dinah the daughter of Leah, whom she had borne to Jacob, went out to see the women of the land.2 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.3 And his soul was drawn to Dinah the daughter of Jacob. He loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.4 So Shechem spoke to his father Hamor, saying, "Get me this girl for my wife."5 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.6 And Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him.7 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.8 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.9 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.


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