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Be cautious; you may never know!

prayer 2

 

GENESIS      34      IN      FOCUS

18 Their proposal seemed good to Hamor and his son Shechem.


THINK ABOUT IT 

For what reasons do you trust people?

Do you know the word of God?

What is your heart desire?

Do you appraise whatever you receive before you keep?


We live in a world full of pretenders. We live in a world full of deceivers. We live in a world full of evil planners. The very person we may trust today shall be the very person who shall show us disappointment tomorrow.  Managers are betraying employees and employees are betraying their superiors. How safe are we in this world? As it was in the days of Jacob and his sons, so it is today! You may never know!

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 condition only: 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.”

Jacobs’s daughter had been raped. There was a need for Jacob’s sons to take revenge. Though it may sound good to read what the sons of Jacob did, we must not be in hurry in our days to take revenge. It is written

…If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”…’

Jesus Christ said,  ‘If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also ..’

The revenge of God on they that touch His sons is much more a fierce  attack than what His sons can do to they that take them for granted. We must let the will of God prevail in all our endeavor.

Jacob’s sons had an agenda, revenge! Though they were outlining the terms for a union, they knew what they wanted to do.

The world is having its own great agenda. Yes ! an agenda to win more souls at all cost. The world is winning so many people into its territory today in the name of advice. The world is taking advantage of the thirst of the masses for a way out of their troubles and challenges in life. Programs of all forms on the radio, television and the world wide web have been alluringly design in a way that seem to be helping people but they are nothing but a deceptive way to lure people into the devils kingdom. Several videos, advisory services and pictures are nothing but interesting deceptions to win more souls for the devil. Christians ought to be vigilant. Christians ought to know who to consult in times of need. We have a God who is able to provide. We ought to be vigilant following signs and wonders of all forms. Trials of life are only tools to strengthen us to be strong. We ought not to be quick to escape the very training times for great and wondrous works.

Christians ought to be vigilant to know the alluring ways of the world. Christians ought to watch what they watch. Christians ought to know that they have a God who knows and see everything. Christians ought to know their Bible.


PONDER:   Know your God, let the will of your God prevail.


Genesis 34

New International Version (NIV)

Dinah and the Shechemites

34 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and raped her. His heart was drawn to Dinah daughter of Jacob; he loved the young woman and spoke tenderly to her. And Shechem said to his father Hamor, “Get me this girl as my wife.”

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.

Then Shechem’s father Hamor went out to talk with Jacob. 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[a] Israel by sleeping with Jacob’s daughter—a thing that should not be done.

But Hamor said to them, “My son Shechem has his heart set on your daughter. Please give her to him as his wife. 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[b] 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 condition only: 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 gate agreed 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[c] 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 plunder everything 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?”

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