Grief and anger build

Genesis Bible Background

01.14.2017 – Old Testament: Gen 34.6–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 33–35 on January 14, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Shechem, a man who lived where Jacob and his family sojourned, raped Jacob’s daughter. The sons of Jacob found out about it,

Then Hamor the father of Shechem went out to Jacob to speak with him. And the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard it; and the men were grieved and very angry, because he had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by lying with Jacob’s daughter, a thing which ought not to be done. But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. Please give her to him as a wife. And make marriages with us; give your daughters to us, and take our daughters to yourselves. So you shall dwell with us, and the land shall be before you. Dwell and trade in it, and acquire possessions for yourselves in it.” Then Shechem said to her father and her brothers, “Let me find favor in your eyes, and whatever you say to me I will give. Ask me ever so much dowry and gift, and I will give according to what you say to me; but give me the young woman as a wife” (Genesis 34.6–12). 

What did Dinah’s brothers think when they heard Shechem say, “Let me find favor in your eyes”? Moses wrote that they were already grieved and very angry. No doubt the words of Shechem infuriated them more. Two of the sons of Jacob went overboard in their retribution, but the attitude of Shechem I find difficult to handle.

Questions:

  • What should be our spirit when we have sinned against someone?
  • How do you want people to be when they has sinned against you or your family?

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