FRI. JULY 15 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | GENESIS 34 – PASTOR JOSE HOST

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Genesis 34

Dinah and the Shechemites

34 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. His heart was drawn to Dinahdaughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her.And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”

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.” 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 enter into an agreement with 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 and go.” 18 Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem. 19 The young man, who was the most honored of all his father’s family, lost no time in doing what they said, because he was delighted with Jacob’s daughter.20 So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city. 21 “These men are friendly toward us,” they said. “Let them live in our land and trade in it; the land has plenty of room for them. We can marry their daughters and they can marry ours. 22 But the men will agree to live with us as one people only on the condition that our males be circumcised, as they themselves are. 23 Won’t their livestock, their property and all their other animals become ours? So let us agree to their terms, and they will settle among us.” 24 All the men who went out of the city gate agreed with Hamor and his son Shechem, and every male in the city was circumcised. 25 Three days later, while all of them were still in pain, two of Jacob’s sons, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and attacked the unsuspecting city, killing every male. 26 They put Hamor and his son Shechem to the sword and took Dinah from Shechem’s house and left.27 The sons of Jacob came upon the dead bodies and looted the citywhere[c] their sister had been defiled. 28 They seized their flocks and herds and donkeys and everything else of theirs in the city and out in the fields.29 They carried off all their wealth and all their women and children, taking as plunder everything in the houses. 30 Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, “You have brought trouble on me by making me obnoxious to the Canaanites and Perizzites, the people living in this land. We are few in number, and if they join forces against me and attack me, I and my household will be destroyed.” 31 But they replied, “Should he have treated our sister like a prostitute?”

Devotional

Genesis 34
“Making bad decisions on a temporary thought.” That’s exactly what Dinah did .
“Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭34:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Sometimes when I get to a chapter I wonder what the heck I’m going to get from this and write about, Pastor Jose had the same thoughts this morning but thank goodness he brought the Word this morning! In this chapter there is rape, murder, drama but where is God? He is never mentioned in this chapter at all. We don’t even see God’s influence or His will in this chapter. In fact this chapter is a good illustration of what life looks like when God‘s not in the picture.
Chaos – sin – rape – fornication – murder – plunder – drama, drama and more drama. When God is not in our life a lot can go wrong. This young lady was headed to hang with pegan women… Hanging out with the wrong crowd. And we don’t know maybe this wasn’t the first time she went there. When the son of Hamor saw her he immediately lusts for her and takes her. Rapes her. He gets his father involved who goes to Jacob and Jacob does nothing… Her brothers take over actually and do all the talking. Look at verse 13. ‘Jacobs sons answered Shechem and his father with lies, because Shechem had disgraced there sister Diana.’ More deceit and then comes the manipulation. It seems to be a pattern that follows this family around.
If you do this one thing THEN we will let you marry our sister, sound familiar? So Shechem gets all the men on board to get circumcised so they can marry the women in Jacobs tribe but the brothers have their own idea of what’s going to happen. Murder, plunder and trouble.
Pastor Jose gave us two points to look at this morning.
1) When God is not in the picture you end up settling in places you were never meant to be.
Jacob was not supposed to be there. Back in chapter 31:2 God told him “go back to the land where your ancestors lived, and I will be with you.” That land was Bethel and he never made it there he stopped and decided to settle where he wanted to be not where God wanted him to be. Jacob disobeyed.
2) When God isn’t in the picture you end up becoming slaves to your own passions instead of being committed to your purpose.
As Christians God has called us to be set apart, separate from the world. Yet Dinah goes to hang out purposefully with the wrong crowd. We make bad choices! We become slaves to our passions. We give into desires of the flesh instead of the desires of God because we want what we want.
No one goes to God in this chapter and asks him what they should do, they come up with their own plan and scheme resulting in more sin. You know the old saying ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’. We see more brokenness and messes in our life when God is not there and we don’t rely on him. God helps us to overcome every situation. When we come to something in our life that’s a mess we need to ask him, Lord what should we do.? We can’t afford to do life alone living in a soap opera. It’s exhausting! There’s too much drama in that and let’s face it …. life is chaos without God.
So today let’s choose to live a quiet life.
Choose peace in Christ today and every day.
I have a t-shirt that says: More of God… Less of me.
Let’s try to make that our goal today…
Especially on a Friday night.
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