34: 1Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite,the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinahdaughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”
5 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.
6 Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. 7 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 Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.
8 But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. 9 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 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 conditiononly: 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 gateagreed 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 city where 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 plundereverything 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?”
What a terribly sad story 🙁 The main thing I want to share in this is how drastically Dinah’s brother responded to this hideous crime. Simeon and Levi murdered EVERY male, and took EVERY woman, child, and ALL their livestock. This was their response. One crime led to the decimation of an entire town all in the mindset of “justice.” Dinah’s injustice, instead of prompting correct justice or reconciliation, was used to perpetuate even more heinous crimes. Notice too, no one asked God what they should do. Instead they did as they have been doing from the beginning of this book: sprinted ahead and ignored God’s input.
As humans we often respond to injustice with harsh, deep cuts in return instead of true reconciliation. When something major like rape or molestation happens somehow we lose all sense of righteousness or mercy and jump to total decimation and judgement. Even now I see christians posting on Facebook that people who have committed great sins like this should be executed. No sense of urgency for their soul. No recognition that we are ALL WICKED! No sense of mercy… No admittance that this person is being held captive and deceived by the enemy. We look upon them and ignore Scripture that says we are not at war with FLESH!!!! We look at them, attack the flesh, and the enemy walks away completely unharmed and laughing. Yes, the sin is major. Yes, it has broken many. Yet, without a true attempt at reconciliation, helping the perpetrator know truth, without any attempt at investing in this person’s soul we have just made the “justice” worthless. We experience the great injustice and the response to it fixes nothing and has no lasting effect. Who are you to judge someone has passed the point of reconciliation?
Matthew 7 says “2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
We need to be open to the reality that all mankind is utterly wicked. Simply because someone was completely overwhelmed with sin does not mean we must become God and cast them to hell. Instead we must function in truth, admitting THIS IS HOW ALL OF US ARE!! We are simply receiving God’s mercy and He is holding us back from being overtaken by our sin.
Often our response to injustice is just a fleshly overreaction packaged as “righteous anger.” P.s. sin is sin no matter why you do it.
Lord, help me not to view other’s sins as more wicked or worse than my own. Show me how dark ALL sin is in Your eyes. Break my heart over every sin the same, and not rank things in my limited understanding. Help me to not respond foolishly to darkness or sin. Align my heart with Yours, breaking over every human who is being misled and held captive by our enemy. Keep me from being upset, or holding grudges against those who have sinned against me. Amen.
Perhaps you know someone who has committed an incredible sin. Perhaps you have committed an incredible sin. It’s time to stop letting those things be the walls between us and others. Let’s admit we are all capable of ALL SIN! The Bible blew our spot when Jesus had to die for us just so we would be able to make it to Heaven. It doesn’t matter how “bad” someone else’s sin looks, yours nailed Jesus to the cross too.