INTRODUCTION

Greetings to the Father,  Angels and saints in Christ. There are a few topics that I need to write about, including the issue of roles in the church, infusing the culture of the kingdom into children, when God fooled them, but I was led to write about Dinah and Shechem (Gen 34). Dinah (judgement) was the daughter of Leah and sister of Simeon and Levi, sons of Jacob by Leah.

Her fall is illustrated in Genesis 34 and her end is a warning for young women, particularly believers, about the dangers of premarital sexual intercourse. The events began when Jacob left his uncle’s house (also his father in law), and returned home where he was reconciled with his brother Esau. He initially built a house and booths for his cattle in a place that he called Succoth (Gen 33: 17). For some reason he left Succoth and went to Shalem (peace), a city of Shechem (back or shoulder) and pitched his tent towards the city (Gen 33: 18).

For some reason this reminded me of Lot who pitched his tent toward Sodom and got into trouble. Why did he pitch his tent toward the city? Whatever the reason, he thought that it was a good place to live and bought the land from Hamor, then erected an altar which he called El – Elohe- Israel (the mighty God of Israel). Jacob was a worshipper and the presence of his altar and worship of God were signs to the people that he served another God. He had erected a banner in the name of the Lord God Almighty. Like Abraham, it is possible that he commanded his household after him and that they worshipped God with him.

WHERE IS YOUR TENT PITCHED?

His tent is pitched toward Shalem and his only daughter Dinah decided to visit the daughters of the city, who I will call “girlfriends” for the purpose of the modern day reader (Gen 34: 1). Was the location of Jacob’s home the root of the problem? His curious daughter had access to temptation. Where is your tent/home located? Be careful with your children. Keep them under your watchful and protective eyes in spite of the norms of the society, such as the partying, proms etc. They need protection.

Did Dinah go to visit without her father’s knowledge? Scriptures are silent here. This is where her danger began, because she left the covering of her father’s and family’s protection to enter a danger zone. It was a danger zone because of the lifestyles of the heathen. Her danger came when Gen 34: 2 says that:

“…Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he took her, and lay with her, and defiled her. And his soul clave unto Dinah the daughter of Jacob, and he loved the damsel, and spake kindly unto the damsel.”

He loved her, but the scriptures did not play with the issue, because he defiled her. Why was this strong term used? The answer is in 1 Cor 6: 15- 20 for 3 reasons:

  1. First, Dinah had sexual intercourse outside of marriage.
  2. Secondly, Shechem was a heathen man (a worshipper of demons) and
  3. Thirdly, he must have been a harlot since he seemed to be accustomed to seeing, taking women and having sexual intercourse (like Amnon).

He was the prince of the country (the country may have been named in his honor or maybe he was so named because he would inherit it after his father died). He was therefore a man of influence and wealth. Did the girlfriends set up a match with Shechem and Dinah? Do you look at the sitcoms “Girlfriends” and “Designing Women?” See the lifestyles?

WAS DINAH A CONSENSUAL LOVER?

Yes, Dinah was happy to be in the limelight. She went into the city, symbol of technological advancement; excitement; parties (sex parties were often part of idol worship); temples with exciting music, smoke and worship of idols; fashionable clothing and eventually a sexually exciting liaison with the man himself, son of the king. What more could a girl want?

A few years ago, I used to see Dinah as an innocent victim of Shechem. When I read this account again yesterday, I began to see her with new eyes:

  1. First of all, there is no indication that she was raped. Shechem saw and took her. Where was the evidence that she objected like Tamar? There is none.
  2. Secondly, I had overlooked Gen 34: 26 which shows that she had become Shechem’s concubine, living in his house without her father’s knowledge and permission. A victim would try to escape and certainly the scriptures would have vindicated her if she had been a virtuous woman.

The evasion of the scripture on her character is very telling especially when combined with the lack of evidence of a rape and when combined with her taking occupancy in the man’s house. Did she become overwhelmed by Shechem’s fame and wealth? Did she realize who her position was as Jacob’s daughter? If she had, we would have been told the latter. God certainly judged her because she is only mentioned one other time in scripture. She lost out on her inheritance. She did not appear to have married or even to have children. She is not mentioned as one of the tribes of Israel. She had no offspring to inherit the land of promise after the Jews left Israel. She lost her eternal inheritance in God because of a heathen man and a temporary passion.

Maybe I am rushing ahead here, because I have other things to talk about in relation to this unhappy situation. We learnt that God did allow women to inherit possession in the land of promise, for example in the case of the three sisters who claimed their inheritance since their father had had no sons. We will later talk about the seriousness of Dinah’s actions, since she opened up a route for the infusion of the heathen culture in to Jacob’s family. This resulted when Shechem proposed to Jacob’s sons that they intermarry with their family and live in the same compound. I will talk more about this later.

The Lord asked me to warn young women about the dangers of premarital sex. There are many Dinahs who have an inheritance in the kingdom of God. You may have grown up in the church or became a believer later in life. God wants you to know that you are forfeiting your destiny when you mess around with the heathen men (or even believers). You dishonor the union of Christ’s body and becoem no more than a harlot, as Paul implied in 1 Cor 6: 15. There is more to be said, but time does not currently permit.

 

Blessings and thank you for reading.

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