INTRODUCTION

Greetings to the God the Father, Angels and Saints in Christ. Dinah’s problem began when her father Jacob set up house in the vicinity of the Canaanite city of Shechem and when she went into the city to visit the “girlfriends”. We made some suppositions about life in a Canaanite city as we can also infer from later scriptures. Dinah somehow and mysteriously went from visiting her girlfriends into becoming the concubine of Shechem, son of the king. There is no indication of the time frames involved and the scriptures infer that she did not go home after her visit. Certainly her father Jacob was unaware that she was missing.

I ended with a challenge to the Dinahs who have missed destiny because of sexual involvement with a man. In today’s loose society, a girl may have had more than one man by age 14. I am only guessing and need to look for some statistics. Do you go to bed with any man who is available? Do you have sex on dates? Do you live a loose lifestyle like the “girlfriends”? If the answer is yes to all of the above, then you are living in a very dangerous situation.

GOD DOES NOT APPROVE EVEN IF THE HEATHEN/UNBELIEVING MAN LOVES YOU DEARLY

Even if the heathen man loves you dearly, your relationship will cause your father to grieve. When I say “Father”, I mean your spiritual and heavenly fathers. I say this based on Paul’s testimony in 1 Cor 6 and on Jacob’s response in Gen 34: 5:

“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.

The term “defiled” is used again to describe the father’s reactions to the issue. You cannot take the body of Christ and join it to a harlot. Let us examine the style of writing in this verse. We are held in suspense on the issue, wondering what will happen next, firstly by Jacob’s silence (silent anger) and secondly, by the insertion of the phrase “now his sons were with his cattle in the field” in the verse. This seems to be a “wait and see until my sons come home”. I will tell them about this and express my deep hurt and displeasure. There is a wealth of meaning in the silence which is expressed in the reaction of Jacob’s sons. they were grieved and very wroth (Gen 34: 7).

WHEN GRIEF AND ANGER ARE COMBINED

God also uses grief and anger as expressions of his emotions on human sin. We learnt that from Gen 6: 6 which says that “it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” Furthermore, He did not remain at the place of grief and regret, but his anger is expressed in Gen 6: 7 when He said that He would “destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth.”

Therefore Jacob and his sons were expressing a godly reaction at the events that had happened to Dinah, the seed of Abraham, one member of the family in whom all nations of the earth would be blessed. Are you getting the picture? Now she had been messed up, polluted and defiled by a God hater. Can you imagine how He reacts at His children’s sexual sins?

Next thing we know, up comes Hamor the father of Shechem with a crazy proposition (Gen 34: 8-10):

  • He wants permission for his son to marry Dinah, (give her him to wife)
  • he wants intermarriages between his people and Jacob’s family and
  • he wants them to live communally and share their possessions.

Now, isn’t this a wonderful proposition!? However, I must unapologetically write in the same vein that was used to describe the taking of Dinah. This is a show of the effrontery of the heathen. They took what was not theirs (tasting it), then are now requesting permission to marry the girl. How out-of-order can a person become! They want their heads busted!

Now Jacob could have agreed to this worldly wisdom – let’s fix it now. Furthermore, Shechem was a prince of his people and also offered a pay off in the form of a dowry .(Gen 34: 11,12). This is how DINAH NEARLY COST HER FAMILY ITS FUTURE.

BLESSING. More to come

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