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Daily Reading: Genesis 32-34
And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and the men were grieved, and they were very wroth, because he had wrought folly in Israel in lying with Jacob's daughter; which thing ought not to be done.
Today we read a sordid story of the worst kind. It started on a day when Dinah, the only named daughter of Jacob, …went out to see the daughters of the land. The land was Shalem, a city of Shechem in the land of Canaan which evidently held a great fascination for this young woman. This was a simple enough day trip, one however that would forever change the fabric of her family. This entire day and the events that sprung from it, could be summed up in one phrase …which thing ought not to be done.
The defilement of Dinah by Shechem, the son of Hamor, ought not to have been done.
The deceitful request of the sons of Jacob to the men of Shalem ought not to have been done. (vs. 13-16 they were setting up way to disable the men of the city from fighting)
The deceitful reason for the men of the city to acquiesce to this show of submission ought not to have been done. (vs. 20-24/ they saw it as a way to steal Jacob’s riches)
The third day massacre by Simeon and Levi ought not to have been done. (vs. 25-26)
The spoiling of the city and the bondage of their survivors ought not to have been done. (vs. 27-29)
The rift between Jacob, Simeon, and Levi that lasted until the day of Jacob’s death, ought not to have been done. (Genesis 49:5)
It all ought not to have been done. It’s a sad chapter in the life of the family of Jacob. One simple walk led to such disastrous events. Perhaps the saddest thing is, it didn’t have to happen, but such is the nature of sin. Unless stopped in its tracks, it always leads to greater wrongdoings.
William T. Howe Ph.D.