Good morning y’all. Thank God it’s Friday :). Today we in chapter 34 of Genesis. Here Dinah is dishonored and her brothers take revenge by killing all the men in the town.
I pray you are blessed as you read 🙂
There are 4 main points I picked out from today’s chapter.
1) Control our desires (V1-4)
Dinah was raped by Shechem and the next thing we are told is that he felt a strong attraction to her, fell in love with her and wooed her.
But when the local prince, Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, saw Dinah, he seized her and raped her. But then he fell in love with her, and he tried to win her affection with tender words.(Genesis 34:2-3 NLT)
I can’t wrap my head round this..a selfish act led to love? Could it be that he had lusted after her for days, months or even years and when he finally got a chance to get her alone he took advantage. He probably genuinely liked her but couldn’t control his desires for her. His desire for her consumed all his senses and led him to do the unthinkable.
Lesson here is that if we don’t control our desires and hand them over to the Holyspirit, they will rule us and lead us in the wrong direction. I’m reminded of the scripture in Genesis 4:7b that says “Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master”.
James 4:7 also says submit yourselves to God resist the devil and he will flee. The first step is submission. We need to submit those desires that are unruly to the leading of the holy spirit and let him direct us in the right path to go.
2) Hold your peace (V5)
Jacob heard about the rape and he held his peace until his sons came back from tending the flocks in the field. The key words here are ‘held his peace’.
And Jacob heard that he had defiled Dinah his daughter: now his sons were with his cattle in the field: and Jacob held his peace until they were come. (Genesis 34:5 KJV)
Jacob didn’t panic or react in anger. Rather bible says He held his peace. Could it be that Jacob knew God was in control and will avenge the dishonor that had been brought upon his family by Shechem.
Lesson here is to learn to be peaceful even when the storms of life are raging. Isaiah tells us that God will keep in perfect peace he whose mind is stayed on him.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3 KJV)
Peace is not the absence of storm, it’s knowing that even in the storm God is in control, knowing that he has the power to still the raging storm. So you sit still and let him do his work on your behalf.
3) Don’t repay evil for evil (V13 -29)
Dinah brothers on the other hand were very grieved about what happened. They decided to take matters into their own hands and avenge the wrong done to their sister. They deceived Hamor and Shechem to believing that as long as they are circumcised they would now be able to marry their sister as well has have other intermarriage’s. After the men got circumcised they went into town and killed all the men including Shechem and Hamor.
I ask myself if God is okay with their action. Looking at certain scriptures in the bible I get the answer to my question.
Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the lord. (Romans 12:19 NLT)
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. (Romans 12:21 NLT)
The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. (Exodus 14:14 KJV)
Those scriptures clearly tells me that God wasn’t happy with the actions of Dinah brothers. Even their father Jacob wasn’t.
Lesson here is that when we are wronged, let’s not act based on flesh. Let’s ask God to help us react to the issue in a manner that would be pleasing to him. Trust God to fight your battles and take revenge on your behalf.
4) Communicate your plan to others who are involved. (V30-31)
Another thing that struck me was that Jacob never said anything even when his sons came back from the field. He left the decision to his sons to make. Verses 11-13 suggests he was present when his sons made the circumcision proposal to Shechem and his father Nahor. He had a plan of holding his peace but he didnt communicate that to his sons. Perhaps if he had told his sons about his plan of allowing God fight this battle, maybe his sons won’t have gone ahead and killed the men. Lack of communication led to the boys thinking it’s okay to go kill. In their eyes they felt there father wasn’t doing anything about the situation.
Dear Lord we thank you for today. Thank you for your word. Holyspirit we ask you help us submit our desires over to you, that we will not be led by our flesh but will yield totally to your leading. Help us remain in peace even when storms are raging all around us. As you promised in Isaiah, help us keep our eyes fixed on you and not on the storms. Help us hand over our battles to you, to trust you to fight and avenge for us. Thank you Lord. We love you and give all the glory back to you. In Jesus Name. Amen
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Tomorrow we will be reading Genesis 35.
Pls note as from November we will only be blogging a chapter of the bible on weekdays. For those following the daily reading plan for blogging, below is a copy of the reading plan from Good Morning girls for November starting from Monday.
I’ve decided I will still blog on the weekends (this will help me keep the momentum going 🙂 )…probably blog about my devotional for the day 🙂 or any other topic i feel led to discuss 🙂
Have a blessed friday and remember to hold your peace even in the face of raging storms 🙂
***With God all things are possible***